Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Made You Cry!
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!
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**SPOILER ALERT** This post contains spoilers from 'The Amber Spyglass' by Philip Pullman, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' by JK Rowling, and 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' by JK Rowling.
1. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. This is a true account of Adeline's childhood in China. Adeline was abused by her family, and she had a thoroughly miserable childhood. It's one of the saddest books I've ever read, I cried almost the whole way through. Early in the book she gets a duck,which soon becomes her only friend. Tragically, the duck is killed by a dog, and Adeline was devestated. Tears began to flow at this point, and I honestly don't think I stopped crying till I finished the book. Great book, but I wouldn't read it again.
2. The Amber Spyglass- Philip Pullman. *Spoiler Alert* This is the final book in Pullman's magnificent trilogy. It's my all-time favourite book, but boy did it make me cry! I was so happy when the two main characters, Will and Lyra fell in love. It seemed natural, and after everything they'd been through, I was sure that Pullman was going to give them a nice happy ending. However, due to forces much bigger than them, they are forced to part. I cried so much during this. Over the course of the three books I'd come to love the characters of Lyra and Will, and I really really wanted them to be happy. For them to be torn apart as soon as they'd discovered that each loved the other was heartbreaking. The maturity of their separation also made me cry- they knew that though this was the most awful thing that had ever happened to them, but it was for the greater good and they just had to accept it. Definitely a tear-jerker.
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- JK Rowling. *Spoiler Alert* Of all the characters that Rowling had to kill off, why did it have to be clever, brave, (and honestly the hottest fictional character ever) Sirius Black? Why couldn't it be someone really annoying like Ron? I don't think I was the only person who cried when Sirius was murdered by his cousin Bellatrix at the end of the book. Sirius had led a miserable existence for most of his life,and I was sure that finally by the end of the book, Sirius would be free. It was not to be, and his death was tragic. I also cried because Harry had lost yet another person he loved. Sirius was a combination of brother, father and friend to Harry and at the time of his death, they had only known each other for around three years. RIP Sirius!
4. Before I Die- Jenny Downham. I think this book made a lot of people cry! Tessa is a sixteen year old who is terminally ill with leukaemia, and the book follows Tessa's last few months of life and what she does with the time she has left. When Tessa is on her deathbed, her younger brother says to her: "Bye Tess. Haunt me if you like. I don't mind". I couldn't stop crying!
5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- JK Rowling. *Spoiler Alert* It is Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and things have got a whole lot darker. Again, Rowling kills off another beloved character- this time Albus Dumbledore. I began to cry while reading Dumbledore's funeral. Harry had lost yet another person in his life, someone who loved Harry and whom Harry loved also. Dumbledore was also an amazing character- he was someone I wanted to be my grand-dad or something. He was brave, wise, had a sense of humour and really loved Harry. A fantastic character who Rowling should not have killed.
6. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction by Adam Jones. This is an excellent introductory text to genocide. It discusses several genocides that have occured throughout history, as well as debating whether September the 11th can be considered as genocide. I've never cried so much when reading a book. I remember that after I read it I just curled into a ball beside my radiator and sobbed my heart out that people did such things to other people, that millions of innocent people were murdered. I eventually realized that tears are absolutely useless- action is what is needed to stop such atrocities from happening, not tears.
7. Is Anybody Listening? by Larry O'Loughlin. This is the story of a young girl who fights to save the lives of two people who are in grave danger. Laura hears about the life of Sanjid, a young child who works in a carpet factory and Rosa,a young street kid in Rio de Janeiro. I wept when I learned that Rosa and Sanjid may have been fictional characters, but the lives they lived were real- there are around 158 million child labourers in the world, and thousands of street kids are murdered in Brazil every year. Their crime? Simply being alive.
8. Unweaving The Rainbow- Richard Dawkins. "We are all going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains in Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton...In the teeth of such stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here". This is part of the opening paragraph of Dawkin's wonderful book. Richard Dawkins really makes you fall in love with science and this book made me cry- cry tears of joy and happiness! When I read the paragraph and what follows afterwards, I realized how incredibly, incredibly lucky I am to be alive, how precious life is. I was laughing and crying while reading it, and I had the biggest smile on my face for ages afterwards!
9. Juno and Juliet- Julian Gough. This is another book that made me cry- rolling around, can't breathe, marvellous tears of laughter! This book is the story of two beautiful identical twin girls who go to university in Galway, Ireland. It's also the funniest book I've ever read! Juliet is incredibly sarcastic, and many of the lines she comes out with are hilarious. I call this book my happy book- whenever I want to read something that is guaranteed to put me in a good mood and make me cry with laughter, I pull this book off my shelf and get reading!
10. Heidi- Johanna Spri. I cried when I read this book for the first time since I was seven- fifteen years later the book still makes me cry! Every time I read the part where Heidi goes back to the mountains after living in the city for months, a tear slips out. It's a tremendously happy moment when she finally goes back to her home on the mountains with her grandfather, where she is reunited with what she loves. This is not just a children's classic,it is a classic book for people of all ages!
Next week the topic is: Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names...you know those names when you are just sitting there thinking, "Author, you really could have picked a kickass name but you decided to name them THAT."