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Hello! Welcome to this week's Bookie Brunch! Pull up a chair and order your favorite drink while we discuss a bookish topic with the four lovely bloggers who have stopped by to discuss the subject of books that make you cry. I am filling in as host for Giada who couldn't make it today, but hopefully we will be seeing her again soon. :)
Today's guests are:
Melody, of Book and Music Lover. (vlogger)
I can't pick just one book that made me cry, but here are three that had an impact on me: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel.
I'm not one of those people who tear up at everything it takes a combination of things to make me cry at a book.
1. (And most important) I have to have a connection to the characters.
2. A cause I can believe in.
3. A personal connection to the storyline.
Now not all of these things are going to be in every book I read. But at least two of these things is in every book I read that makes me cry.
Happy or Tragic?
I have mixed feelings when it comes to happy or tragic endings. I mean I always wish for happy endings but sometimes they annoy me because they are improbable. Tragic endings while painful right after reading them, are sometimes (after time I have time to process it) better and more satisfying than happy ones. (Though after reading some tragic endings I might have the urge to throw my book against the wall :) )
Maricar, cradling a hot cup of coffee, says:
One book that I shed tears while reading was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. There is this line where Mia's grandfather is talking to Mia while she is in a coma which I really relate to because those words, as I said in my review, echo my Mom's words for her dying Mom. Here are the lines:
“It’s okay, If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life. But that’s what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”
If you haven't read If I Stay yet, those lines were critical for Mia (the main character) because as she contemplate choosing between dying and living those lines gives assurance to her. So I guess the letting go part is what really sent me to tears while reading. It is always hard for me to let go. There are others lines too that almost breaks my heart like when Adam said this lines to Mia:
“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too……maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”
Related Topic: I think I'm more on in between, lets called it "Satisfying Endings". Happily Ever After is too sweet for me, as if they are for fairy tales with prince & princess while tragic ending are a bit cliché especially if not delivered well. I want my endings to be realistic whether it is sad or not. Something that will fall in line with the story and the characters.
Let's take for example the book I mentioned earlier from the first question. If I Stay is a perfect example of a story with a satisfying ending. Mia's family died in the accident so obviously its not a Happily Ever After ending but I won't call it tragic because Mia survive & she chooses to stay in the end. Though it is ambiguous and uncertain I find hope in those kind of endings. Something to look forward to.or
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