I found an old copy of Little Women on eBay a while ago (not the one I cheerfully folded into paper flowers!) and when it arrived I read it as soon as I'd torn it out of the jiffy bag, I almost know the story line for line having read it hundreds of times since childhood but somehow it has never lost it's hold on my heart. I turn the pages as eagerly now as I did on reading it for the first time and I feel tears welling in the same places, laughter building at familiar funny moments. There are few books that have moved me in the same way as the story of the March sisters, though admittedly I wailed a little at parts of Marley and Me and again when reading My Sister's Keeper, parts of Sister by Rosamund Lupton also kicked off the water works. Typing this there seems to be a theme emerging - if there is a sister in peril or an animal (now remembering that Black Beauty also had me in tears) in the book I'm likely to cry when something sad happens to her/him/it! For someone who doesn't cry easily in general I seem to do plenty of it with the right book under my nose! If you haven't already I heartily recommend reading Little Women . . . .
On a much more shallow 'it's pretty, the typography is amazing so I need it' note - I clocked an interesting looking spine among the shelves in Cancer Research and pulled out the book to take a better look. Classic case of judging a book by it's fabulous and intriguing cover, bought and bagged, I only took a glance at the blurb once I'd got it home.
In my defence it looks eerie, kitsch and full of promise all at once - so I decided even if the book itself didn't float my boat I'd love having it on my shelf/using it as a photo prop but the inside cover sounds good too - click to enlarge if you're interested!
Which books have moved you?