Reading sad books
I never have considered myself as a crier. I thought I was more on the stoic side of life. However recently I have been more emotional especially with sad books, commercials, and movies. Books can bring out emotions
that are sometimes surprising. What I never expected is how deeply some books would affect me.
I prefer books that end Happily Ever After (HEA). Life is real enough in so many instances that I need to read about the good things that
can and do happen. That is not to say I am a pessimist, because I am not, I lean toward being a Pollyanna.
Our book club is reading Alice Bliss this month. This book is emotional poignant.
It really makes you realize the sacrifices that many Americans make when their loved ones are deployed to the front lines. Alice is a budding teenager who has a very strong connection to her father. Things are quite difficult for her whole family
with his absence.
This book didn’t just make me sad, I cried. At one point I was crying too hard to even continue reading. That is the type of emotional response that always surprises me. I can read some books that are
emotionally challenging without a problem. While with others I am emotionally attached to the characters. This can be so unsettling. I sometimes think this reaction is in direct response to my mother’s increasing dementia. At other times, I believe it
has more to do with the quality of the writing and the story line.
Books have the ability to bring so much into our lives. They bring us: joy and laughter, fear and loathing, hopes and promises with dreams of new worlds. Sometimes
they allow us to express our emotions that we have spent so much time tamping down. Maybe this book allowed me to release some of the unhappiness and sadness that life offers. Or maybe I am just a sap!
Books to cry over and with
Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Wind is not a River by Brian Payton
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton