Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
****Spoiler Alert for Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Top Ten Books that Made Me Cry
First of all, I'm not a crier. If I'm crying, I guarantee you something hurts. If I cry, my household freaks out...really, I mean it. I do have a sensitive spot in my heart for animals and children...which I think is definitely evidenced by my selections this week:
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I literally sobbed my way through this book. Sobbed. I ain't kiddin'...the pain and suffering experienced by the father in this story is what really set me off...I actually do not think I could re-read this one...and I refuse to see the movie.
2. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - Old Dan and Little Ann...best dogs a boy could ever have...When Little Ann dies and Old Dan just lays on her grave till he dies...Heaven help me!
3. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson- When Travis takes the gun from his mom's hands and shoots Ole' Yeller, I couldn't even see the words on the page through my tears.
4. Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford - My dad read me this book the first time. I squawled when the Siamese cat went down the river on the log. That scene was the end of the chapter and I was so upset that my dad read an extra chapter just so I would know what happened to the cat.
5. Color Purple by Alice Walker - more sobbing here...various places but deeply and profoundly when the sisters are reunited and Celie sees her grown children for the first time in years.
6. Steve and Me by Terri Irwin and Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography by Tracy Stewart - the death of a soulmate, husband and father of their children. Holy Smokes. Both of these women are tough as nails in part due to the great and realistic love they shared with their partners who both died tragically. Somehow they both managed to hold it together through and after the sudden lifechanging events.
7. and 8.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - the death of Sirius Black was a heavy blow, but the death of Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince almost did me in.
9. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells - a rare example of a movie that lived up to the expectations of the novel. I cried in both and I'm really particular about movies that portray Southerners...have heard enough fake Southern accents to last a lifetime.
10. Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields - all Tom Cruise craziness aside, if you've ever experienced post-partum depression (I did with my 3rd daughter), this book will make you feel sane. You will also cry right along with Brooke. Let Tom give birth; then he can give us his opinion.
I used the word "sobbing" quite a few times in this post...but I guess that's the point, right??