This has been a week of reading sad and emotionally devastating books, and thanks to the NoVa Teen Book Festival, meeting the author of books that have made me cry, so today’s edition of Monday Quotes is dedicated to novels that touched me (and also Diana!) to the point of tears (sometimes really ugly tears). What’s the last book that made you cry?
I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257 bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.
2. MY HEART & OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga
Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood.
3. JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.
4. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her.
5. IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
Adam is crying and somewhere inside of me I am crying, too, because I’m feeling things at last. I’m feeling not just the physical pain, but all that I have lost, and it is profound and catastrophic and will leave a crater in me that nothing will ever fill.
6. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.
7. THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck.
8. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.
9. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always.
10. THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand
There’s death all around us. Everywhere we look. 1.8 people kill themselves every second. We just don’t pay attention. Until we do.