Monday, August 27, 2007

I Need a Good Cry

What can I say? I have the late summer blahs.

I’m ready for a submission that really stirs my emotions. My feelings tend to manifest in physical reactions. I’ve cried during every single episode of Friday Night Lights when Coach Taylor’s wife had some sort of meaningful lecture for her daughter. I’ve been known to snort with laughter at just about anything Dwight says on The Office. And my heart pounds hard in my chest during reality-show competitions. I know. Pathetic.

But it’s not just TV that gets to me this way. I recently finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I was sitting in my in-laws’ living room reading the last pages and bawling like a baby. Normally I wouldn’t have chosen that specific place to put my emotions on display like that, but I also couldn’t put the book down. It was wonderful. I have a few friends who think I read too many “depressing” books. But I love a good cry. I want to feel invested in the books I read.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble finding that kind of emotional connection in my submissions lately. Can you help me? I’m really longing for a 5-Kleenex kind of read, but I’d be happy to see something that makes me laugh out loud or turn the pages breathlessly. I’m gravitating toward women’s fiction more than ever, but if you have any book that you think can snap me out of my apathy, please send it my way. Give it your best shot! I’m off to Costco to stock up on those tissues!