Top Ten Books that Made Me Cry

“It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.”

Ian McEwan

  1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m not even joking. Gollum. Frodo and Sam. The battle before the Black Gate. “They cannot conquer for ever.” “Rohan had come at last.” Just, like, ALL THE THINGS.
  2. The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak. I finished this on the ferry and had to pretend that I had a cold. Which was, you know, fairly embarrassing.
  3. Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens. Florence Dombey has to be the saddest character ever written. Also, “poor Wal’r”.
  4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green. This one wins the prize for Most Embarrassing Public Weeping.” “It’s OK, I just need to go look at Internet cats for a bit.”
  5. The Dark Tower – Stephen King. Um…I don’t want to spoil this, but let’s just say it’s not pretty.
  6. Perdido Street Station – China Mieville. One of the most emotionally exhausting books I’ve ever read, but also one of the most rewarding.
  7. Room – Emma Donoghue. I’m going to place this under the category of “emotionally manipulative” rather than “good literature”; it was an excellent rollercoaster of a read, but I don’t think I’d read it again.
  8. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley. TRAGIC. JUST TRAGIC.
  9. Atonement – Ian McEwan. This one still makes me ragey. Damn you, Briony. Grrrr.
  10. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Stephen Donaldson. Another emotional rollercoaster, but totally worth it.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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