But before the glorious weekend begins, Ginger over at G Reads has asked:
Do you get emotional when you read? Which books had you in tears?
I quite literally laughed out loud when Ginger sent the question to me because I had JUST posted my review of Gayle Forman's Where She Went, (enter my giveaway!) which I sobbed through. So, my answer is YES I get super emotional when I read. Probably too emotional. For some reason, books really get to me.
Anyway, I've made a list of notable books that have made me cry. I hope it makes you, um, not cry.
First Book I Remember Crying Through: Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.
I think I was actually around six when I read this, and I vividly remember taking my book, tears streaming down my face, and running to my mom's room so I could tell her about it. She just listened to me babble on about Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear, and bemoan the awful process of growing up (I'm SUCH a Peter Pan. Even to this day.), and then she made me hot chocolate. She is the best mom EVER.
First Book to Make Me Cry in Class: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
There I was, sitting in my AP Lit class as a sophomore in high school in the first week of school. We had a surprise substitute, which meant we had a "reading day," but I was already caught up with where we were supposed to read to, so I read on, and got to a very sad part where a character I liked mucho was killed, and thus, I cried. Uncontrollably. I am not one of those people who is an attractive crier. I get all splotchy and my eyes basically swell shut and my nose somehow gets bigger. It is BAD. I was mortified.
First Book to Make Me Cry on an Airplane: Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison
So, this explanation is a bit weird because the Georgia Nicolson series is HYSTERICAL. But, there's a place in this book where a character thinks that his/her beloved pet is going to die. I'm very much a pet person, and it really got to me. So there I sat on an airplane, willing myself to not cry. It didn't work. The flight attendant tried to comfort me, and I had to tell her I was crying over an impending fictional pet death. Turns out that the pet doesn't even die.
First Book to Make Me Cry So Hard it Gave Me a Migraine: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I lost my ever-lovin' mind reading this. That whole part where you turn pages and only the names of months are listed = escalated tear spillage with each page. The whole adrenaline-junkie bit [you know, the one that is oh-so laughable in the movie?] made me bawl. And--OMG--when Alice comes to get Bella and take her to Italy because of her vision? Forget it. I know some of you are thinking, "This girl is emotionally unstable," and let me defend myself for a moment. I read this book DIRECTLY after a really, really tough break-up and I had been SO ANGRY with him and the whole situation that I hadn't let myself work through it. So New Moon was my catharsis.
Now that you have proof that I am a crazy lady with haywire emotions, I hope that you have a tear-free weekend full of joy and laughter and sunshine and rainbows and chocolate. TGIF!!