> The Things You Can Read: 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 5

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Friday, July 12, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 5

Day 5:  Recommend a tear jerker.

I respond emotionally to books all the time, but rarely do I cry. More often then naught, I laugh out loud. However, with that said, there is one book I read back in the 90s, which did make me cry buckets. I cried because issues in the book related to me on a very personal level. I cried many, many times reading this book. At the time, I cried most for the Love that is shared by the couple in the book because it is a love, I knew, I did not have in my own life. I read the book in one night, after finishing, I continued to cry. The next day, I woke up with a big old swollen face and puffy eyes. What book made me react so emotionally? The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is the only Nicholas Spark book I have ever read. The book simultaneously struck many emotional cords, I still can see myself, in my minds-eye, laying on the sofa downstairs reading and crying, not just crying, but heaving big old snot sobs is more like it. I know if I read the book today it would not cause the same reaction. My life is so different now, and I did find the love I longed for, but at the time, all the stars aligned in just the right way to create this once in a lifetime reaction.

Additional Resources:
Over at the Nerdy Book Club the post today is entitled Top 10 Crying Books.  Check it out!

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  1. Saw the movie (I know it's never as good as the book) and if the ending is the same I don't know if I could master the courage to read it and not end up crying myself to sleep.

  2. I'm yet to read any Nicholas Sparks book but I did watch the A Walk to Remember movie and omg and that was definitely a tear jerker, I'm really looking forward to reading one of his books.

    Day 5 Challenge Post

    1. Nicholas Sparks books and movies based on his books both seem to be real tear jerkers.


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