Top 10 Books That Will Make You Cry
I am not much of a crier when I read. That said, there are two books that can make me cry JUST BY LOOKING AT THE COVERS.
1. Watership Down. The greatest rabbit epic ever. And the final scene, when Hazel is called to the great rabbit beyond? My eyes are starting to hurt right now just thinking about it.
2. Cat Heaven. I regularly pull this one off the shelf at the library and wave it at my husband, burst into tears, and put it back on the shelf. Because I am not allowed to check it out again. Ever.
3. The Outsiders (featuring a photo of the copy I first read as a 10 year old). I never cared too much when noble, long-suffering Johnny kicked the bucket, but bad boy Dallas getting shot? That gets me going every time.
4. Moonbird. No, the bird doesn’t die, but it’s just such an unlikely tale of perseverance and survival. When B95 was spotted last year in August, I was not the only Nerdy Book Club member bawling my eyes out.
5. Code Name Verity. That one scene. You know the one. Why, Elizabeth Wein, WHY?
6. Charlotte’s Web. There’s no way you can read the scene where Charlotte dies and not get at least a little dewy around the eyes.
7. Blue Nights. In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion writes about her grief after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack in 2003. Just two years later, their only daughter died. That’s the subject of Blue Nights.
8. The Best Day The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon. Donald Hall’s memoir of his life with Jane Kenyon, who died from cancer in her 40s. If I were to read Year of Magical Thinking, The Best Day the Worst Day, and Blue Nights back to back, I would probably never emerge from the fetal position.
9. Thank You for Your Service. David Finkel’s account of the aftermath of war on the lives of soldiers and their families is a devastating must-read.
10. Tattoos on the Heart. Father Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, an organization in Los Angeles dedicated to helping gang members find jobs and change their lives. There is plenty of joy and wonder in this book, but also profound loss and suffering.