Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is books that make us cry.  This is a hard one for me because I'm a very emotional person.  I cry when I'm sad; I cry when I'm really happy.  I even cry at touching commercials (the most recent Super Bowl Budweiser commercial about the soldier coming home made me a teary mess).  So I decided to pick the books that didn't just make me cry; they made me an emotional wreck.

Top Ten I-Need-a-Tissue-and-a-Hug Books That Made Me Cry

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • I think John Green loves to make his readers cry.  So beautiful but so sad.  This book just wrecked me.
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    • I really don't know how I'm going to make it through watching the movie version of this because the book was so incredibly intense.
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • When I read this book out loud to my little sister, we couldn't even make it through the final chapter.  The two of us were just sitting there, crying together.
  • A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
    • This book deals primarily with coping with death, and it's real and heartbreaking.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
    • Why must you kill off all the best characters, including my favorite!?  It wasn't enough to have already killed off so many people in the previous books???
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • I read this when I was about 10 or 11, and I just sat in bed and cried during the chapter about Beth.  And then I saw the many movie adaptations and cried some more.
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom
    • Mitch Albom, like John Green, seems to like writing books to make you cry.  This book is about a man whose life is going downhill, and one night, he has a car accident and wakes up in his little hometown with his mom... who died years ago.  He gets to have just one more day with her.
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
    • A non-fiction account of what occurred on the Titanic.  Walter Lord interviewed the survivors and wrote down the story of the ship sinking based on their firsthand experiences.  It would have been powerful as fiction, but it was twice as powerful because it all actually happened.
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
    • A graphic autobiography of a young Jewish girl and what she suffered in the Holocaust.  I don't really think I need to explain this one.
  • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
    • This book is here because of the second chapter.  The rest of the book isn't quite as emotional or intense, but that second chapter left me a blubbering mess.  It's so intense that my brother couldn't get past it, and I'm not sure if he's tried picking up the book since he first started it.
And those are the books that left me desperately searching for tissues after reading them.  How about you?  Did you read any of these and have the same reaction?  What books make you cry?


  1. Mockingjay, Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars all made my list. I'd never heard of I Have Lived a Thousand Years, but it sounds heartbreaking!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  2. HP and The Fault in Our Stars both made my list. I can see Mockingjay and The Return of the King making it too! Good choices!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. Great picks. Mockingjay makes me sob, not sure how I missed that one. I also picked Deathly Hallows, I pretty much cry from beginning to end when reading that. My TTT :)

  4. Just thinking about Mockingjay makes me want to cry!! Great list! Thanks for sharing!!

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews


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