Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish , this week's Top Ten Tuesday will detail books that made be tear up. Let me preface this post by saying books don't often make me cry. It takes something truly touching or heartbreaking, for a book to make me cry. However, considering I did come up with ten books that made me cry, maybe that's not the case.
1. Zeitoun (Eggers): Probably the saddest book I've read in awhile, not only is this story a source of despair, it also enraged me. This story defines heartbreak, and outlines serious problems in our country.
2. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah) : An account of the life and mind of a 12-year-old boy soldier trying to survive in Sierra Leone's civil war.
3. The Time Traveler's Wife (Niffenegger): The love story that gets me every time. I've read it 4 times and without fail, I'm a mess upon completion. A mess.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl (Frank): I'm in love with Anne Frank's story. In college I took a class that was devoted to studying her diary and it's historical implications. Then when I was in Amsterdam I went to see her annex. It's so heartbreaking and heartfelt I can't help but cry.
5. Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck): Lennie!
6. What Is the What (Eggers): Based on the life of a boy soldier and the hardships he faced after moving to the US.
7. Les Misérables (Hugo): Both the book and the play are quite depressing. I mean the title says it all.
8. Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton): A moving and tragic fictional account of apartheid in South Africa.
9. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Safran Foer): I just finished this yesterday. It's amazing - making me laugh out loud and cry. The descriptions at the end are so beautiful but utterly heartbreaking. I want to give Oskar the biggest hug.
10. Frankenstein (Shelly): No, this book did not make my Top Ten Scariest Books list. It didn't scare me at all. Rather, it made me feel awful. The poor monster, he's so misunderstood. No, I didn't actually cry, but I was really upset.
Honorable Mentions: The Bluest Eye (Morrison), For One More Day (Albom)
There it is; racial injustices and children getting hurt get me every time.
Congratulations to Dave Eggers, who has made me cry twice so far. Two for two isn't bad, hence my hesitation to start A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (it's been sitting on my nightstand TBR for ages).