Last night on Twitter, several of us got into a discussion about Shannon Hale's BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, and how Extremely Brilliant it is, and I mentioned that it's one of the few books I've read as an adult that made me cry. (We also posited various theories about how Shannon Hale might be made of glitter and rainbows, but that is neither here nor there.)
Specifically, the part that gets me in BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is when the heroine, Dashti, looks at the hero, "My Lord," and wishes she had said to him, "You're better than seven years of food. You're better than windows. You're even better than the sky." As I read that- and granted, context is important there!-, I felt the Throat Lump, and the Stinging Eyes, and there were so very many Feelings In My Heart Region.
It's really rare that I cry in books anymore. When I was a kid, it was a lot easier to get me. WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS and BRIDGE TO TEREBITHIA both owned me when I first read them, but I also cried in romance novels and, if memory serves, in one of the Ramona Quimby books.
But as I grew up, books stopped making me cry. (TV, music, movies- all of those still had their power.)
So when a book does makes me Feel Crying Feelings, I'm always slightly surprised. Like, "Oh! I am crying! How did that happen?"
Other than BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, there have only been a few Books That Made Me Feel Crying Feelings in recent memories. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA totally got me at the end, when the door opens and it's the Chairman, and hen totally forgives her for banging that other dude, and he loves her, too, and he was actually behind all her good fortune, and... Sorry, I need Kleenex.
Another one that KILLED ME DEAD IN MY SOUL was Libba Bray's THE SWEET FAR THING. Seriously, I cried SO HARD when that one ended that The Husband, upon finding me sobbing on the bed in our room thought that SOMEONE WE KNEW HAD DIED. And when I tried to explain why I was really crying, he laughed at me. (Side note- A lot of people don't agree with the ending of that book, but even though, as previously mentioned, it KMD (IMS), it is so the way that book had to end. It was the only way, and I love Libba Bray all the more for knowing that and going with it. As a writer, I know how hard that had to have been.)
So I ask you, Gentle Readers, what books have you read that made YOU Feel Feelings?