15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 5

My friend, Jackie, from Bookworm Cafe posted her responses to this challenge during July, so it put it on my own radar. I decided to take it up for the month of August. The challenge originated, it appears, with Good Books & Good Wine, so credit for the prompts goes to them! 


I don’t know that I tend to read anything that is a tear jerker? Maybe I just don’t get that emotional over books for some reason. Maybe where I have been in my own life has caused me not to get that emotional over most moments in books. The ones that tend to be emotional for me are books that are contemporary in nature and focus on some bigger world problem or issue. For example, Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong focused on poverty and the way one Korean family has to live. Every single moment of this book stung. It pulled at emotions that I had almost forgotten that I had. It made me appreciate what I have as an American citizen, even though I am definitely within the lowest social and economic class. When I reached near the end of this book and there was not a peaceful and happy resolution for the characters in the direction I thought that it would all take I was just floored. This book was by far one of the most emotional reads I have ever had, but I don’t know if it was the true definition of a tear jerker. What constitutes a tear jerker in the book world? Is it just one that tugs at your heart strings? Is it one that makes you cry throughout it? Is it one that has a singular moment near the end? Truly, I wonder this about tear jerkers. I hear the phrase a lot, but I don’t know that I share that understanding of this one that everyone else seems to have. 



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