September 20, 2016

30 Days of Books :: Day 6

So when I said this would probably take a while to complete, I wasn't kidding! As you can clearly see. But here I am again. Ready for the next day! :)

{joining Jenni}

Day 6 :: A book that makes you sad

It's honestly a rarity that a book will make me cry. I do feel sadness a lot, but actual tears? Nope. Also to find one book that makes me feel sad overall is a tough one, because I usually go for the stories that end with hope, if not happiness. The Return of the King definitely has a hope-filled ending! Yet it's still a bittersweet ending at the same time. (Which is why I chose it.) Although I understand (and even like!) why certain things happen to certain characters in this book, there's still a sense of sadness to it. At least it was for me. That moment that Frodo and Sam say goodbye just gets me every time. (Especially in the movie!) And Tolkien wrote so vividly that I grew attached to his characters, so when it came time for goodbyes (whether between characters or just me having to say goodbye to this beautiful story) and other sad things, I wasn't ready! But I love that he wrote it so true to life because I wouldn't change a thing. (Except maybe give a bit more detail about Eowyn and Faramir's happiness. But that's just my inner romantic coming out, so don't mind me. :)

So! While I wouldn't call this book sad, the bittersweetness that I felt at the final page is the reason why I picked it. What book makes you sad?


  1. For me, it's WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS--very sad.

    1. Karen: Dare I to admit that I've never read that book? I did see the movie when I was young and I remember bawling my eyes out though. Such a sad story.

  2. This is a good choice. Overall, the book didn't make me sad, but there are sad parts. Sam and Frodo's goodbyes are hard. I love Sam. I think he's the hero of the story.

    1. Jenni: Yes, exactly! And I love Sam too. He's definitely the hero! So many things would never have happened but for him.

  3. I did cry while reading The Return of the King for the first time, but they were not sad tears, but happy tears!
    When I read about the people of Gondor singing of happiness after the war was won, that was an amazing moment, so much relief and happiness after all that darkness and war.

    Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor,
    for the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever,
    and the Dark Tower is thrown down.

    Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard,
    for your watch hath not been in vain,
    and the Black Gate is broken,
    and your King hath passed through,
    and he is victorious.

    Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
    for your King shall come again,
    and he shall dwell among you
    all the days of your life.

    And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
    and he shall plant it in the high places,
    and the City shall be blessed.
    Sing all ye people!

    It's almost a Psalm, don't you think?

    1. Birdie: It IS! Such beautifully written words. They had all been through so much and for the glorious end to finally arrive and evil be destroyed...ah my heart!

      And I completely understand your happy tears! The ending of that trilogy is simply and wonderfully filled with emotions of all kinds! :)


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