Beginnings

Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday


A weekly meme hosted by Jennifer @ The Broke & the Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books That Made You Cry

An interesting topic...It's somewhat difficult for me, as I can feel sad while reading but rarely cry.  I cry more at movies & an occasional commercial (ever seen the Alzheimer's awareness ones?  Hoo boy).  So, these choices may be more related to sadness than full-blown sobbing.

*SPOILERS MAY ENSUE*

1)  Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery
When Matthew died.  Even in the TV movie version, I cried at the same part.

2)  Annie John- Jamaica Kincaid
At the end as Annie's mother runs alongside the train waving goodbye to her.  Such a poignant moment.

3)  The Book of Ruth- Jane Hamilton
The end is so shocking and sad, I felt it down to my core and it stayed with me so long afterward.

4)  The Color Purple- Alice Walker
When Celie is reunited with her family at the end.  The same part in the movie was just as tearful.

5)  One True Thing- Anna Quindlen
I knew how it would end as I saw the movie prior to reading it but I couldn't help it anyway!

6)  Marley & Me- John Grogan
I figured the book would end this way but I sobbed anyway.

7)  Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller
At the end, you feel like you've lost a strange yet happy-go-lucky friend.

8)  Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
At the end, when the colonization occurs & the white missionaries write off the entire tribe's history is just devastating.

9)  The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
I cried a bit throughout this book given the circumstances of Susie Salmon and her tragic end, but also at the end because a little bit of hope lives on through Lindsay's baby girl.

10)  The Lord of the Flies- William Goldman
When Piggy dies and at the end when the young boy mouths "help me" to the rescuer.

14 comments:

  1. The Lovely Bones was definitely sad, it didn't make me cry though.

    I have Things Fall Apart on my shelf -- I'll be prepared when I read it.

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  2. #1 - geez, Matthew's death gets me every time. And Anne has a great line at that point too. Something like, just let me cry, don't try to make me happy. I just need to grieve.

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  3. You have a spoiler warning and I still read too much!

    The Lovely Bones is an amazing story and made my list. I didn't even think of The Color Purple! I don't know if I'll ever read Marley and Me. Too many people have told me what happens in the book and the movie, I think some of it would be lost on me.

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  4. Great list!! A book that recently made me cry like a baby was Stiltsville.

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  5. Suzanne~ Things Fall Apart is very powerful. There are many tragedies in it but it is very worthwhile.

    Avid Reader~ Yes, I remember that line. Anne is probably my favourite literary character ever!

    Loni~ Sorry, it was hard to avoid naming a book without explaining how it was sad to me! Marley & Me is actually funny most of the time, just a couple of tearjerker moments & the ending, of course. I highly recommend it :)

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  6. Oh I always get teary when Matthew dies in the movie!! Especially when he says, "You'll always be my little girl," to Anne. Matthew was such an amazing character.

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  7. NIce list. I didn't enjoy The Lovely Bones, though the whole story itself is sad.
    I haven't read the others on your list.

    Here's my list

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  8. I forgot about The Lovely Bones when I made this list! And I totally get what you mean about Death of a Salesman! I read that in college and was surprised at how moved I was!

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  9. Great list. I just cannot read Marley and Me. There aren't enough tissues....

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  10. I like a good cry. I've only read #9 and have #6 ...I'll have to check the others out. ~Thanks.

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  11. I forgot about Anne of Green Gables-when Matthew died I was inconsolable

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  12. A great list. I agree with you on The Lovely Bones, which was also a strangely beautiful book. Dogs make me cry almost automatically because something *might* happen to them!

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  13. Oh yes, Jane Hamilton and Anna Quindlen are authors that make me cry, too. I was so caught up in our elections that I didn't go visit anyone's blog to make comments yesterday. But here I am today.
    -Anne
    hpp://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com

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