Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

Posted February 4, 2014 by Kara in Kara, Lyn / 21 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme: Books that made us cry, and as a result, might make our readers cry.
There was a time, as a blogger, when I cried a lot. Now that I have been reading consistently every day for the past three years, it takes a lot more to tug on these cold, black heartstrings. So, I am supposed to pick five books that will make you cry. Lyn is going to pick the other five. Surprisingly, it’s quite an easy task. 
Kara’s Picks: 


1. Horde by Ann Aguirre – This is the most recent book I read that broke me apart into a million pieces. It was the perfect end to a trilogy that I had some ups and downs with. Authors that are having trouble concluding their series, look no further. This book pulled emotions out of me that I didn’t know I had. 

2. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – This book will probably always be on lists of this type. It made me feel all the feels and I still remember how I felt when I finished it. Devastated. 

3. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Tears of happiness, man. The best kind, in my opinion. 

4. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – I’m just going to quote from my review. “So the way this book made me feel. Dude. I cried like five times. Mostly when good things happened to Kimberley. Because her life was such shit and she and her mother had it so hard that when something good DID happen, the reader (me) really felt it.”

5. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Connecting with a character and growing with them throughout the course of a book can produce some strong emotions, like, “But this book. OH, this book. It had me on the floor with the Kleenex *cough* toilet paper *cough*, rolling around like Nancy Kerrigan screaming, ‘Why, why?'”


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1. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – If you read this book, I don’t have to explain this choice. If you have not picked up this book, then I highly recommend this story to every single reader. Bring tissues.

2. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Taylor has a knack for ripping out my heart and holding it up to my face, and claiming stating “Does it hurt?” Yes, yes this book did hurt. It hurts so bad, and that makes it so good.  I can’t delve into this one without giving away a huge spoiler, but for those who have had the honor of reading this book, HOW COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED?!

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Also another book that needs no explanation. This is a book that had to go into the freezer. If you don’t get this, then all my pity (total Friends reference).

4. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – One of my most beloved scenes of this epic story is the unicorn talking about regret and love, and how you cannot have one without the other.  This entire story can drive a knife right into your chest and leave you so empty, but overall richer as a person.

5. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye by Jane Yolen – Yolen ranks high on my top favorite children’s authors list.  This picture book is perfect to help explain the death of loved pets. This is also a great recommendation when you need to sob like a 5 year old in your own house and have people ask you “Who DIED??!”

What made your tear-jerking list this year? Leave a link below!

21 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

  1. Only one(Mockingjay) of the books made me cry but that’s b/c I haven’t read even one out of Kara’s list. I’m definitely gonna check out Girl in Translation and the Lang of Flowers.

  2. Oh I’m so glad to see that you loved Horde! I liked Enclave but didn’t love it, but then I thought Outpost was better, and by the end of that I feel pretty invested in continuing on with Horde. Lots of disappointing ends to trilogies lately so it’s nice to see that there’s hope!

  3. Oh, I cried while reading both Mockingjay and Stormdancer, too. I don’t know why, but books still have the ability to make me cry – I can be a snotty emotional mess, even sometimes while reading something happy. I’m a sappy person, I guess 🙂

    Have a terrific Tuesday.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  4. I haven’t read any of those books, but there’s a few that have been catching my eye likely, like The Hunger Games and Razorland Trilogy, and you’re recommendations for crier books like Girl in Translation and The Language of Flowers really have intrigued me. Great lists to the both you, I’ve added some books to my TBR!

    Book Badger

  5. I’ve read four of the books on your lists, but I think the only one that made me REALLY cry was Mockingjay. I think I was teary at the end of Stormdancer, but I can’t remember crying in Days of Blood and Starlight. *thinks really hard* I haven’t read The Last Unicorn since I was a kid, but I think it’s time for a reread! Thanks for reminding me about that book. 🙂

  6. This TTT is my JAM! Whaaaaaat!! I really need to read Where The Stars Still Shine, I got that one for Christmas and have failed at picking it up since then. Yes Yes Yes to If you Find Me. I’m crying just thinking about it!

  7. I was literally JUST telling Jamie that the last book to really get me to the point of ugly sobbing was Where The Stars Still Shine. I mean it was beautiful and heartbreaking & amazing, all at once.And Mockingjay… Just don’t make me relieve certain parts. Well two certain parts.

  8. Cold, black heartstrings? I don’t believe it!!

    HORDE was really amazing, and I’m with you guys on STORMDANCER and IF YOU FIND ME, too. But what does it say about me that I didn’t cry at any of your picks, though, even when they touched me? Maybe III am the one with a cold, black heart.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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