What is #SixforSunday?
#SixforSunday was a little blog feature Steph @ A little but a lot started in June 2017 for herself. It’s a weekly blog post where you get to share 6 books which fill a certain prompt. Originally, #SixforSunday was a post Steph did that she never thought she would stick with! It was her place to share 6 bookish things under a given prompt. (If you want to see her first post, you can check it out here!) She started it thinking it would fizzle out and that she would run out of things to use as prompts: She never imagined that it would transform itself into something OTHER PEOPLE JOIN IN WITH every week. For further details of the rules and links to the prompts for this meme, please visit Steph’s blog here. (Don’t forget to follow and tag Steph alittlebutalot on Twitter and Instagram – @eenalol – if you join in! Also, I made this little banner for this prompt, using graphics from her blog. I hope Steph likes it!)
This week – February 28, 2021 – the topic is:
Books that made you cry (or almost cry, if you’re not Steph or me)!
So, without any further ado…
Lots of books have made me cry, but some made me cry more than others. I hope it is okay for me to include a non-fiction book in this list, because it just heartbreaking as well as breathtakingly beautiful!
6 – “I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell. Although O’Farrell makes me cry with almost all of her novels (and I have read them all), this is one of those books that makes me tear up just thinking about it, probably because this is non-fiction (yeah, I know)!
5 – “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt” by Andrea Bobotis. When a debut novel makes you cry, you just know you’re going to want to read more of that author’s work! It also breaks my heart that so few people know of this novel, because it is so special and so beautiful (it was my #1 favorite book of 2019, so…).
4 – “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Again, Backman has made me cry many times with his books, but this was his first and it just got to me. By the way, his non-fiction memoir also got me teary eyed, but nowhere near O’Farrell’s, and I did laugh more than cry with that one.
3 – “The Women of the Copper Country” by Mary Doria Russell. Twice Russell made me cry with this book. Once when she quotes a song that always makes me cry (Bread and Roses – which was used as an anthem for the women’s suffrage movement, and later for the Gay Pride movement in the UK), and again at the end of the book… but I won’t say why, because… spoilers!
2 – “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – this is Irving’s masterpiece, and the ending just had me totally in tears. I’ve gone off him since (after reading several of his subsequent books), but I can honestly say that after reading this novel, I don’t need to read any more Irving books!
1 – “The Music Shop” by Rachel Joyce. Joyce is another author that can make me cry with all her books. But when I read the ending to this one, I was in bed, and I started crying so hard that I woke my poor husband up! (By the way, today is his birthday, so… sorry about that darling, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!)
What about you?
What books made you cry?