I read so much that on our wonderful trip to Paris last year one of the places I had to visit was a book store. Although not just any book store, the famed Shakespeare and Co, and it was wonderful. And a story for another day.
So I have decided to share some of my favourite books with you, starting with the ones to make you cry. Because I love a good cry over a book or a movie.
Not all these books would make my favourite books of all time, these are just the ones that made me cry like a baby. No, make that worse than a baby.
In no particular order...
One Day - David Nicholls. I have great memories of my 40th birthday last year, including finishing this book. A great friend called me an hour or so after I had finished it to wish me Happy Birthday and here is part of that conversation:
G: Do you have a cold?
G: You sound all stuffed up.
Me: I have been crying.
G: Are you alright? What's wrong? Can I do anything?
Me: I'm OK, I just finished a book...
G: Oh, you...
Me: But it was a really good book!
A Crack in Forever - Jeannie Brewer. I read this about 20 years ago and I'll admit if I had've known what the book was about I don't know if I would've bought it (no offence intended but the subject is so incredibly sad and I didn't know the value of a good sob at the time), but it got to me.
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger. I was so confused at the beginning of this book (Henry is 28, Clare is 20 - Henry is 36, Clare is 6?????), but by the end I was hooked and sobbing.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak. A modern classic, entirely unique, exquisite and heartbreaking. And from an Aussie.
Cujo - Stephen King. I know, a weird choice but I was 14 at the time and the parts of the book being told from the dog's point of view made me cry so much. Haven't seen the movie though, but if it's like almost every other Stephen King book/movie it couldn't possibly do it justice (Misery, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption being the obvious exceptions).
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell. Oh Rhett!
Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery. I still read this every now and then and even though I vow it won't get to me, it does. Every. Single. Time.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling. Harry going into the forest, Snape, Tonks and Lupin, Fred, the end of a great series, so many reasons to bawl your eyes out.
PS I Love You - Cecelia Ahern. Had me sobbing from the second page.
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey. What a fantastic book and written by another Aussie to boot.
There are stacks more that I have cried over (Little Women anyone?...) but these were the biggest.
If you have any others that you loved and made you cry, please leave a comment. I'm sure there are plenty that I haven't read and I would love to know what I'm missing out on.