There are so many more. I am hoping this year to make up for some of the time lost to other things but I am not pressuring myself.
Since it is Tuesday and I usually do a Top Ten Tuesday, I think I will do a top ten favorite classics for today. (And since this week is a Freebie Week over at The Broke and the Bookish, this can count twice!) So here they are 6 “adult” and 4 juvenile classics which I love beyond reason.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This week was a Top Ten Freebie in other words we could pick an old list and do it or redo it. So I picked Top Ten Books That Made You Cry. Note there are SPOILERS in this post.
Seriously my tee was damp from crying. This was my most recent sob fest. When my husband asked what was wrong and I showed him the book he looked at me and said “Really? Cancer? And you thought it would NOT make you cry?”
Given the story and the tiny bit of resemblance to out lives, this one really hit home. My older daughter was born with one kidney and this made me wonder what we would ever do if she need another.
The waiting and the tragic dying. The only reason this is not rated higher in the tissue box ranking is the mild creepy of older Henry and younger Clare.
Charlie Gordon, oh how my heart breaks for you. And that ending where all you want is for someone to put flowers on Algernon’s grave, sobbing now.
A student gave me a copy of this once. It still makes me cry every time I read it. I have a hard time reading it to my girls because this part gets me every time:
“‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’
‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.'”
“I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn’t mean no harm, George.”
This one only gets three tissue boxes because mostly it was horrifically depressing which is not the same as crying always. But when they reach the sea and then The Man gets sick, the tears started to flow.
Any of them, pick one. Need a list?
The Fir Tree = Cut down, abandoned, cut into pieces and burned
The Ice-Maiden = Our Hero drowns the night before his wedding
The Little Match Girl = Dies in the cold because she is afraid to go home and be beaten by her father
The Little Mermaid = Throws herself into the sea and becomes foam because she has no soul after the prince marries someone else
The Steadfast Tin Soldier = melts into a lump of tin and the ballerina burns up in the fire
I had an argument once with a friend about how sad the end of The House at Pooh Corner was. He didn’t believe me. I made him read the end in the middle of the bookstore. So he read this and I won.
“Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was Still
looking at the world with his chin in his hands, called out
“Yes?” said Pooh.
“When I’m–when– Pooh!”
“Yes, Christopher Robin?”
“I’m not going to do Nothing any more.”
“Well, not so much. They don’t let you.”
Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again.
“Yes, Christopher Robin?” said Pooh helpfully.
“Pooh, when I’m–you know–when I’m not doing Nothing, will you come up here sometimes?”
“Will you be here too?”
“Yes, Pooh, I will be really. I promise I will be, Pooh.”
“That’s good,” said Pooh.
“Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.”
Pooh thought for a little.
“How old shall I be then?”
“I promise,” he said.
Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh’s paw.
“Pooh,” said Christopher Robin earnestly, “if I–if I’m not quite” he stopped and tried again –“. Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won’t you?”
“Oh, nothing.” He laughed and jumped to his feet. “Come on!”
“Where?” said Pooh.
“Anywhere,” said Christopher Robin.
So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden (The Dresden Files)
“I love you.” Why it worked right then, why the webbing of my godmother’s spell frayed as though the words had been an open flame, I don’t know. I haven’t found any explanation for it. There aren’t any magical words, really. The words just hold the magic. They give it a shape and a form, they make it useful, describe the images within. I’ll say this, though: Some words have a power that has nothing to do with supernatural forces. They resound in the heart and mind, they live long after the sounds of them have died away, they echo in the heart and the soul. They have power, and that power is very real. Those three words are good ones.”
R (Warm Bodies)
“I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our rib cages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread.”
Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
Westley (The Princess Bride)
“I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.”
Tristan Thorn (Stardust)
“He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.”
Prince Po (Graceling)
“I know you don’t want this, Katsa. But I can’t help myself. The moment you came barreling into my life I was lost. I’m afraid to tell you what I wish for, for fear you’ll… oh, I don’t know, throw me into the fire. Or more likely, refuse me. Or worst of all, despise me,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes dropping from her face. His face dropping into his hands. “I love you,” he said. “You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be. And I’ve made you cry; and there I’ll stop.”
Professor Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)
I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that
“Should I ever again sink into illness, I’m sure I’ll remember Eldric. I’ll remember he cared for me. I’ll remember that someone had at least taken the time to touch my face.”
Today is very busy so here is the Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most.
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