I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's prompt is:
Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry
So, this week's prompt was actually really hard for me. I'm not a huge crier, and, as I reflected on this prompt, I realized that I cry even less when reading. I don't need to cry to recognize that a book is powerful or deep or painful or gut-wrenching. (Do you cry while reading? Or are you a more stoic reader, like me?) I completely understand needing a good emotional release every once in a while, but I prefer to get my release in ways that do not involve tears. I did my best, though. Here's my list!
10. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I think this is the first book I read that had a sad ending. At that young age I didn't know books could do that, and I felt tricked. To this day I refuse to re-read it.
9. Chester, I Love You by Blaine M. Yorgason. I read this when I was about 9-years-old, and I don't remember much besides that it featured a goose and at one point I was bawling my eyeballs out.
8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I will never understand why this is a children's book. It's painfully depressing.
7. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Goodness, my heart just goes out to Charlie. What an emotionally draining book.
6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. This book, although considered a beloved classic, IS FREAKY AS ALL GET OUT.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The injustice will always bother me.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. This one had my heart aching. (Mostly because it meant the series was over... but I was also sad about certain characters' fates.)
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What can I say? This one got me. It wasn't emotionally manipulative sentimental, it was just plain sad.
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I can't even talk about this one.
1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This book got under my skin and never left.
What about you? What books make you cry?