It’s Top Ten Tuesday time! This week: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little. Enjoy my list, then click on over to the Broke and the Bookish to read theirs, as well as the lists of many other great bloggers.
This is supposed to be, as the name “Top Ten Tuesday” suggests, a list of ten books. But after thinking of eight books that made me cry, I was sort of done. Don’t get me wrong: I love these books. If you need a good cry, give one a try:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: This is a rather tongue-in-cheek choice, but it is the first book that came to mind, so that counts for something, right? Mary’s rehabilitation / personal growth / transformation is mostly because of Dickon, the Yorkshire lad who talks to animals and knows all about plants. Same for the rehabilitation / transformation of Mary’s cousin Colin. As soon as Mary and Colin are up to snuff, Dickon fades out of the story so we can focus on the Future of the Manor. Poor Dickon.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson: I mean, obviously.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: I know Winnie makes the right call, but my eleven-year-old self was crushed that she didn’t choose eternal youth with her first love.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Why? Why, oh why, couldn’t Rhett forgive Scarlett? She loved him! She loved him so much and just didn’t realize it! She called for him when she was delirious, but no one realized! Oh my goodness, why can’t they make it work in the end? It’s so, so, so sad! (Pro Tip: Comment brought to you by twelve-year-old me.)
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: Oh, how I loved this book in college. Oh, how I wept for Lily Bart. Sure, she makes bad choices, but she still manages to be less infuriating (and more sympathetic) than many a Wharton heroine.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: Years before I read the book, I saw the movie and cried about the missed opportunity for love between Stevens the butler and Miss Kenton the housekeeper. The book broke my heart because of all the things Stevens missed in his life of service. Heartbreak aside (or included), one of my very favorite books.
Anagrams by Lorrie Moore: So much loneliness. So much self-deception. So much sadness. But, really, one of my favorite books in college!
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: I don’t want to be spoilery, because if you haven’t read this you really should, and I was surprised to have my heartbroken. So, try to be surprised, too.
Your turn: What are the books that break your heart? Or, if you’re feeling sunnier, the books that make your heart sing?