Hmm…I guess I should say books that made me feel sad, since books themselves cannot be sad. Although, if Twilight suddenly became self-aware, I’m sure it would be overcome with self-loathing and throw itself under a bus just before the bus drove over a cliff and plummeted into a massive bucket of acid rain. But perhaps the book is immortal as well and would simply regenerate.
Regardless, sometimes I like to read gloomy, sad books. Not sappy schlock , sad books for tweens, that feels like it is written simply so it can become a movie with interchangeable good looking people dying or breaking up, (Sparks!!!), but poignant, emotional writing than I can’t let go of when I close the book. Haunting. Memorable in a good way. Melancholy can be very satisfying and it takes a skilled writer (or actor) to make me care so deeply about a fictional character that I really do feel torn up when they’re gone or the book ends.
For instance, the end of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (the movie) still makes me tear up every single time. Full disclosure: the other movie that made me cry the first time was Terminator 2, when Arnold lowers himself into the molten steel at the end…
So, here are books that amount to tearjerkers for yours truly, or did at one time. Any books that I have reviewed previously have links to the full reviews.
2. The Kite Runner by Khaleid Hosseini
3. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
5.The Road by Cormac McCarthy
6. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
7. Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (I just got goosebumps typing this as I thought of the end of that book)
8. Night by Elie Wiesel
9. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
10. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
11. 1984 by George Orwell (not exactly sad, but it makes me feel so awful that I have to include it. That said, I love it)
12. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
13. Any book I read with my little boy that talks about how much fathers love their sons
14. Half The Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof (this one has just as much uplifting material in it, and I think the happy/horrific ratio skews in favor of happy)
Feel free to add to the list of the saddest books of all time. Let’s mope!
PS: now that I’m thinking about it, I’m going to toss in this 1984 book review as another sad book. It made me sad. The end.
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