Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry

Posted October 9, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 32 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is up to us to choose and I chose books that made me cry. I thought this would be an easy topic because I cry a lot, but then I went to my “I cried” shelf on Goodreads, and lo and behold, it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I wanted to pick books that REALLY tugged at my emotions and there aren’t as many of those as I thought. There may not even be ten. But I am just going to start the list and see where I end up. As in most things I do, once again I will just be winging it.

As always, the list is in no particular order. They are just written down in the order which they are shelved. So…without further ado, books that made me go


First up are the three books that I read recently that made me cry. Those are: 

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin, and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Then there are the books that were REALLY tough reads and I cried throughout almost the entire book. Like:

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. That last one didn’t make me sob like the others, but I did tear up a lot and man was it depressing.
Finally, there are the books with a transformation of some kind or a loss of a loved one that really got to me. These are the most frequent and resonate with me at the time, but I usually end up not remembering as many details.

Paradise by Jill S. Alexander, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, Saving June by Hannah Harrington, and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I am due to reread that last one soon. It is my favorite YA contemporary ever.
So I did manage to find ten after all! Funnily enough, two of these books I only gave a 3 star rating to, and they STILL made me cry. I am an emotional mess most of the time. Ha! Anyway, what did you think of my list, and please share your link and I will come see yours!

Until next week, Happy Reading everyone!! 

32 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry

  1. That is the best sad gif ever! The Language of Flowers had some heartbreaking moments although I don’t think it made me cry “out loud”. I think the book I’ve cried the most over was probably Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I have a few of the books on your list in my TBR pile so I’ll be ready with tissues when I get to them.

    • OMG the end of Language of Flowers had me BAWLING. SOBBING like a lunatic. I have issues.

      I still need to read the two books you mentioned but I believe theya re both on my list. Hopefully I can read them sometime soon.

  2. I haven’t read ANY of these, but I’m hoping to get a copy of Stormdancer to read soon- I didn’t expect it would be sad, so now there’s a whole new level to prepair myself for! Books are wonderful, are they not? Wonderful lifewreckers! (:
    Happy top ten!

    • Stormdancer has a couple of sad moments. While it is not a particularly sad book, it does have spots where it really hit home with me emotionally. Also, I am an easy crier.

      Thanks, Romi!

  3. I see you cry easily and often. 🙂

    Only two books have made me cry: The Best Cat Ever by Amory and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Myron.

    Funny thing is (and this is like your situation), I gave The Best Cat Ever only three stars. Dewey got five, though.

    • I do cry easily. I am extremely emotional. But only when situations really hit home. I have Dewey sitting on my TBR pile! I hope I can get to it soon. I bought it a long time ago. Animal stories almost ALWAYS make me cry.

  4. Amy

    I tried to do a Top Ten post, but I never finished it. I was going to do books I want to re-read. I haven’t done one of these in a while. Those are really great picks. I still need to read Stormdancer. Total fail!! Ashen Winter is coming up soon on my list.

  5. I don’t cry very often and usually if I do, it’s just one tear. Ones I remember as having made me weep: Harry Potter 5 & 7, Mockingjay AND, the one that made me cry for hours: Where the Red Fern Grows.

    • One single tear? And they say I’M dramatic. LOL. Yes, I cried over Harry Potter. I’m not sure about Mockingjay. But Where the Red Fer Grows has me sobbing. More than once since I’ve read it twice. Masochist.

  6. Wanderlove and Saving June made me weep too, Kara! I have yet to read most of the books on this list, but they’re on my TBR so I hope I enjoy them as much as you have. If you want real tear-jerkers though, just read anything by Melina Marchetta. She’s brilliant and always made me sob, so matter how hard I tell myself I won’t shed a tear. OH, and no Deathly Hallows? I cried SO MUCH while reading that book…no regrets! 😉 Awesome list this week, Kara! 😀

    Ivy Book Bindings

    • Haha, Keertana. Those books were killers!! I’ve read two Marlina Marchetta books, and surprisingly, they didn’t make me cry that much. I still really enjoyed them though.

      To be honest, I need to reread Deathly Hallows. I don’t think I got as much out of it as I hoped to.

    • The Book Thief is a brilliant novel, but I am not sure how much it made me cry. I think I did, but I read it so long ago that I honestly forget.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    • Please do. They are great books! Some I liked more than others, but most are favorites.

      That teary pony is Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The most fantastical and wonderful cartoon on planet Earth.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Thanks for warning me off these books LOL! Books that made me cry include Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

  8. Sam

    Great list, Kara! Very few books have actually made me cry, now that I think about it. I must have a heart of stone. 😀 I really enjoyed Saving June though and hope to get around to a Sara Zarr novel soon.

    • That’s okay! I cry MORE than I should Everyone is different. I wish I didn’t cry so much. Sara Zarr is awesome. I’ve read two of her books and liked them both very much.

  9. I am going to have to read “How to Save a Life.” I hated “Story of a Girl,” so I feel a bit burned by Zarr. Also, I hate that her titles seem to be inspired by popular songs.

    • I did not read Story of a Girl, but I’ve read Sweethearts and How to Save a life and like them both very much, though I liked the latter a little better.

      And you are right. Song titles. Never noticed!

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