For this week's Top Ten Tuesday Blog Hop from The Broke and the Bookish, we're gathering those beautiful book-moments when our hearts are so filled that we're simultaneously crying and grinning from ear to ear.
Of course, many of the best heartwarming moments happen at the apex of a whole book's major conflict, at its climax, or as that climax is resolving. So they're bound to be spoilers. To help out those who might want to read these stellar books in the future, here are their titles, authors, and genres, up-front, in order. Just hop around to the ones you've already read, yes?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. (YA fiction)
The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin. (fantasy)
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. (children's)
Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss. (You know it!)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (fiction - a true gem of American fiction)
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (young adult fantasy)
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (classic comedy - play)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (children's)
OK then, ready or not, prepare to be moved! (Not in rank order; they're all pretty moving...)
1. The finale of Tiny Cooper's musical in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. (Check out yesterday's review below!)
3. When Winn Dixie runs away in a massive thunderstorm, and then gets found under Gloria Dump's chair.
4. When Horton saves the Whos.
5. That moment when Atticus finally realizes just who killed Bob Ewell, and then Scout walks Boo home while Atticus watches over Jem all night. Just so gorgeous, no matter how many times you read it.
6. All those scenes in which Dobby attempts to help his Harry Potter and then berates himself and bangs his head on the wall for messing up. (My friends say it's because I was brought up Catholic...;-)
7. When the mechanicals, the clowns, Bottom and Quince and Flute and Snout and Snug and Starveling, actually put on a hilariously crowd-pleasing performance and in the end win over their social 'betters' through earnestness, hard work, and heart.
8. When Tristran and the Star save each other in Neil Gaiman's Stardust.
9. "Some Pig" and the very last paragraph in Charlotte's Web. If you do not cry every time you read that book, well, then you might just be (temporarily) immune to the "aww shucks" moment!
So that's nine, and since I don't read all that much romance or fantasy these days, I'm having trouble coming up with a tenth adult title here. Will you offer me your favorite "aww shucks" book in the comments so I have plenty to choose from as I pile up my TBRs for the summer? Thanks!
Now stroll on over to The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday hop to find new books to awww over this summer: I know I will!