Tuesday, September 3, 2013

15 Day Bogger Challange - Day 5

Recommend a Tear-Jerker

A couple of books come to mind right away. One is Nicholas Sparks' Three Weeks with My Brother. While this is not in my usually genre of books I read, someone handed it to me so I read it. This is a non-fictional book about the author and a three week trip he took with his brother. The book goes back and forth between his childhood and adult life.

There were tears; half the time because I was crying and the other half because I was laughing so hard. I don't usually make audible sounds when reading, but in this case I did. I know my family thought I was nuts when they would walk through the room where I was laughing.

The next is actually a series of books. These had belonged to my mom, but I inherited them when she passed away. This is the Zion Covenant series by Bodie Thoene. I think I like these books so much because there is a lot of history in them. What makes me cry is what many people had to go through during WWII. It wasn't just Jews that were discriminated against. If you were a German and were imperfect in any way, measures were taken - that's all I'll say. I had to put one of the books down after reading one description that was so sad.

If these are books you haven't read I hope you will put them on your list. If you want to purchase them I have put some links below for your convenience.

What is your favorite tear-jerker? Leave it in the comments below.


  1. I don't like tearjerkers. I don't mind tearing up a little at a tender spot or when a beloved character dies, but if the book is too depressing, I will put it down. I get too into the book and characters and a depressing book will depress me in the rest of my life as well.

  2. The best, in my opinion, is The Still of Night, by Kristen Heitzmann. I think that part of the reason I loved it is because I already knew, and was invested in, the character from the book before. The other one that comes to mind, although it has been a long time, is Dana's Valley, by Janette Oke.

    Having recommended those, I, like Kate, don't really read heart breakers anymore. Some is ok, even good, but if it starts at the beginning and isn't resolved until almost the end, then I have to put the book down. I have found that as I get older the sadness in a book tends to spill over into real life. So, for the sake of my poor heart, and for the people who have to live with me, I usually don't read it.

  3. I like to be moved to tears, but not to be sobbing through the entire story. That's too depressing. Thanks, Patti! I think you gave me the Heitzmann title before. I checked and it's on my list of to-read books.