Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 4 February, 2014 by Lianne in Meme / 20 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry Misty-Eyed/Sad

While I was putting together this list, I realised I had compiled a similar list a year and some ago. I’m a little more specific on that list as to what exactly left me all ;_; inside but the books still stand for this week’s list so most of them show up here.

In no particular order:

  1. Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief — It’s one of those books that alludes to the reader outright the outcome of certain events and yet when the events happen, I’m all misty-eyed/throat tight and all 🙁 about what happened
  2. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (review) — I must’ve wrote about this every time I mention this book but the last few pages let me so x(, I had to keep it in lest my roommate wonder what the heck was happening to me, lol
  3. Ian McEwan’s Atonement (review) — The revelation at the end of the novel kills me every single time I read this book. Just sort of haunts your thoughts for days…
  4. Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key (review) — I’ve mentioned this in my review before but this was a rough book to get through. Any Holocaust book is a tough book to get through–throws my emotions all in the grinder and knowing generally what happened during that period of history just adds to the tension of the story–but this one was especially tough as I have a younger brother so what Sarah was going through especially resonated with me.
  5. David Nicholls’ One Day (review) — The surprising turn of events at the end of the novel was–well, surprising. Made the last few chapters especially poignant.
  6. Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (review) — The last third of the novel when all of the pieces fall into place and the you realise what’s going to happen–yeah, it was just so very sad 🙁
  7. Mark Ferrari’s The Book of Joby (review) — There was a passage early in this novel that actually brought tears to my eyes, I was quite moved by it and was surprised by my reaction (and, given that I was reading this while in public transit, had to recover quickly =P)
  8. Brandon Sanderson’s The Hero of Ages (review) — This first trilogy was fantastic and while the ending made sense, it was very bittersweet. Like in a Darth-Vader-“Noooooooo” way.
  9. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — There’s been deaths accumulating over the course of the books but there was one particular moment that got to me and that landed this book on the list (Chapter 34, “The Forest Again”, when Harry used the stone; I fleshed it out in detail over at the other post).
  10. George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (review) — This volume is my favourite in the series (so far?) as it’s such a gamechanger. So many things were just happening in this novel. But there was one particular event that was so shocking, I had to do a double take. If you’ve read this book or watched the latest series of the television show, you know what I’m talking about 😉

And that’s my list of books for this week? What books did you choose that would make you–or anyone else–cry/get misty-eyed/sad?

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20 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Sarah’s Key is SUPER intense! It’s made me wary of reading her other book because I have to prep myself for that level of intensity! And The Book Thief…oh my god I have NEVER cried that hard. And it was so unexpected! I didn’t expect to cry that hard. I absolutely adore The Graveyard Book – it’s definitely one of my favourite Gaiman books. And Harry Potter made my list too. I mean obviously. You can’t spend that long getting invested in a series and not get all the feels when all your favourite characters get killed off *scowls*

  2. I have Atonement on my TBR. The Book Thief… I tried a sample Kindle book and I didn’t like what I read (the writing specifically) but I’m willing to give it another try, because I really want see for myself why so many recommend it. (I also have the actual book)

    Sarah’s Key – oh what can I say? Such a great book – I loved it!

  3. I love your list, even though I’ve only read Book Thief and Harry Potter. I have at least watched The Time Traveler’s Wife and Atonement, and they did make me cry too… I really want to read The Graveyard Book (I haven’t read any Gaiman, so yeah).

  4. A Storm of Swords definetly has its moments, but for me one of the saddest moments in that series was when Ned had to kill Sansa’s wolf in the first book. That made me sad and angry at the same time. 🙂 That’s when i really hated Cersei LOL.

    As for Storm, the death of Oberyn was tough too. Not in a crying way, just kinda depressing. 🙂

  5. Sarah’s Key gutted me! I can’t believe I forgot about it!! Such an amazing read!! I can’t wait to read The Book Thief. It’s sitting on my shelf just waiting to be read!! Great list!! Have a fab weekend! 🙂

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

  6. Great list! I almost put Atonement on my list, but I read it about 10 years ago and couldn’t remember if there were actual tears involved. I’ll need to re-read, as it’s such a good book.

  7. I only read the last two on the list, but they made me bawl! :X I still have to read The Book Thief – am kind of scared to start because so many people said it’s rough – and Gaiman’s novels; I really look forward to those very much.
    Great list!

  8. Haha, so agreed about Hero of Ages, but I was so happy that he actually went there! I’m really excited to see what he does with the subsequent trilogies 😀

  9. I know I’m super late in commenting, but I love how you included The Graveyard Book! It’s one of my favourite children’s stories! I read it about 3 years ago and the details are a bit hazy, but I loved Bod’s Graveyard family! The illustrations definitely scared me, I gotta admit! I should probably re-start watching Game of Thrones lol. I’ve only watched the first season and one episode of season 2. I know I know, I’m terrible but shows need to be super good to keep my interest.

    Did you see The Book Thief movie Lianne?

    Great List! Yay for including HP 🙂

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