What is the What Books? Feature?
I have so many book memories from my childhood. Different books touched me in different ways and had came to me at important times. My goal is to run this feature every other week (although life has gotten in the way lately) and featuring books that I love(d) for different reasons.
See prior editions of What Books? here:
Favorite Not-Super-Popular Book Series
Favorite Ghost/Scary Stories
The Movie Is Better Than The Book - Check out this post for lots of fabulous comments
Favorite Obscure Childhood Book
Favorite Books to Re-Read
Favorite Books That You Didn't Love At First
Please feel free to contribute your own favorite books in the comments or post similarly on your blog and link to this. If people like this feature as it gets going, I think it might be a fun meme.
Favorite Cry Your Eyes Out Books
I've always loved books that made me cry. There's nothing a story that pulls you in so strongly that your happiness depends upon the characters' happiness. When nothing is more important in the world than this book. Emotional books are far more memorable than plot heavy action books or serious character studies. I appreciate the latter, but tearjerkers leave a permanent mark on my heart and mind.
Here are a few of my favorites over the years:
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls-I first read this in 4th grade. We were on a car trip driving to Phoenix for a weekend getaway. I sobbed in the backseat for the last few chapters. I've re-read the book many times since.
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson-I read this in 4th or 5th grade. It's another one that I've read many times.
I devoured Lurlene McDaniel books in middle and high school. They were almost guaranteed to make me cry.
Six Months To Live by Lurlene McDaniel-I loved all the books about Dawn, a teenager with cancer.
Angels Trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel-Not only will this make you cry, but it also features a cute Amish guy. Can't get better than that. I read this over and over.
She Died Too Young (One Last Wish) by Lurlene McDaniel-I loved the One Last Wish books. This one was my favorite and probably the saddest.
Some of the current crop of Juvenile/YA novels that have left me bawling.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling-Many of the Harry Potter books have tear-jerker moments. I sobbed at Snape's death and then his life-story. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the book that made me cry second most among the books. I sobbed at Cedric's death and when Harry had to retell the story to Dumbledore.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman-I picked this up because Catherine Hardwicke was at one time set to direct the movie for this book. Since it was sort-of Twilight related, it caught my attention. So glad I found it! I loved this book. I started reading the book in the afternoon and finished it at 2 AM, sobbing in the bathroom so my husband wouldn't wake up.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver-I loved how Before I Fall fit together. How each day could be exactly the same, yet still so interesting and unique. The ending was so powerful as Sam grew, learned, loved, and lost.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson-Grief and death are frequent themes of tearjerkers. Nelson's book was unusually emotional amongst a crowded field. I think it was the poetry that did it. I loved how Nelson used verse at the beginning of each chapter. It was both visually and emotionally powerful.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta-I wasn't sure about this one at first. It was so confusing. In fact, I put it down for a month and only picked it up because so many bloggers raved about it. Everything clicked about 2/3 through the book. By the end, it was one of the most beautiful, emotional books that I'd ever read. I connected so strongly to Taylor and cried at both her grief and her happiness.
A few recent adult books I've read that brought about tears.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger-I almost missed a plane because I was standing in the airport bookshop re-reading the most devastating parts of this book and didn't hear the boarding call until the gate door was about to close.
Marley And Me by John Grogan-I love my doggie. As soon as little Marley started aging, I started whimpering. By the time he died, I had tears rolling down my face and was hugging and kissing my dog.
What books have made you cry your eyes out?