Day 4: Book that makes you cry
First, a question: I can only choose one?
I’m one of those readers who cannot help but form attachments to the characters in my books. See here. Where there is a challenge, I am with the character as they strive to beat it. Where there is love, I am rooting for that character to succeed. And where there is pain, loss or heartache, I can generally be found to be crying alongside them. Sometimes, when re-reading a book, I can be found to be crying in advance, because the characters are happy, and I know the loss to come.
So the answer is this…
(Almost) All of Them
This is a photo of my old bookshelf, before I moved rooms and got a new one. And I can honestly say that I have cried in almost every one of these books (and many more!). The main ones that will always succeed in bringing at least a tear to my eyes, are these:
- Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – it took four times for me to be able to read past a certain scene without balling my eyes out. And it still draws tears to my eyes.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – there are three particular scenes that I remember shocked me to tears the first time I read it, and subsequent times…
- Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey – there is so much pain and heartache in this series… Phedre, as I’ve said previously, is a favourite character, and when she cries, I cry.
- Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi – possibly the most heart-wrenching of the books in the series, and the one that made me cry. A lot.
- The High Lord by Trudi Canavan – a redeemed character redeems himself further by sacrificing everything to protect what they love.
- Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier – there is a character death in this book that is so horrific, beautiful and heartwrenching that the mere thought of it makes me want to cry…
And there are more. But if I talk about them, I’ll cry for sure!