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Top Ten Books to Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

I’m a huge book-cryer. I looooove reading books that make me cry, though I don’t read books specifically for that purpose >.>. Basically, if a book has managed to make me attached to a character enough that I worry about them and is able to surprise me, then I’m happy to cry; it means that it was a good book ya know? I’m also a huge fan of character deaths if they affect me that much, as we already know ;-). I’m going to try very hard not to write any spoilers, and not all of these books actually made me cry because of a death for the record! So don’t start worrying about your favorite characters just because the books showed up on this list ;-).

Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Small and adorable children are a weakness of mine and Destiny Binds and The 5th Wave both have them. Don’t worry, nothing horrible happens to the children! I just can’t even stand small children being sad about anything, so when the kids in these two books go through sad events, I just start gushing. It didn’t help that I listened to The 5th Wave and the narration of Sammy was ADORABLE. I just want to hug him forever.

steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart was impressive in that the prologue was actually the part that had me ugly crying. I was therefore hooked ;-). Seriously, an author that can get you attached enough to a character in the PROLOGUE is a pretty amazing author, though I had no doubts given that Sanderson is my top favorite author ;-).

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

The premise of The Testament of Jessie Lamb tells you right away that it is going to be sad: a viral plague destroyed women’s fertility (they die before reaching term), they found a way to allow women to successfully deliver babies by placing them in comas, but they won’t be able to wake up ever. Jessie is writing a letter talking about how she came to the decision that she did. Omg this book was heart-wrenching, beautiful and so underrated, go read it now!

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch grave mercy mockingjay by Suzanne Collins These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Through the Ever Night

Then there are the six books that I can’t say anything about because the crying is at the middle/end for various reasons. Those of you who have read these books probably can guess which scenes I’m talking about, though some of them might surprise you ;-). These are all amazing books that you should read because gah! *gets tissues*

What are books that have made you cry? Do you like it when a book makes you cry? What are the kind of things that will make you cry in a story?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Mockingjay requires therapy. I was so depressed after finishing it off.
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  2. I haven’t read any of the titles on your list but I did choose another Brandon Sanderson book for this week’s TTT that left me rather ;_; Great list! My TTT

  3. AJ Fairchild says:

    Great picks! I just added the Through the Ever Night series to my tbr pile..definitely need to read those. My list is here if you want to stop by
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  4. The beginning of Steelheart was so sad! Great list!
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  5. Great picks. These Broken Stars made me so emotional, such a brilliant book. My TTT :)
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  6. GRAVE MERCY! It feels like I’m the only one who’s read that book. It’s excellent, isn’t it? Have you read the next one?

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    • Right?? I gave it to my dad for x-mas, so you’re not the only one anymore :D. I haven’t read the second, it’s on the list D: I gave him that one as well so that I can borrow it in the future *sneaky* mwahaha

  7. It is always a good sign to me when a book makes me cry. I don’t seek tear-jerkers out, but I do enjoy them for the most part. I really want to read Steelheart and the Testament of Jessie Lamb now. Thanks for sharing!
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    • That’s me too, I think I actually shy away from a book that has that as the main selling point, but am happy with spec-fic throws in a sad scene or two!

  8. The book that made me cry the most and that I feel the urge to shed tears over everytime I think of it is Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. A lot of your picks are on my TBR, and now I am a little nervous to read them! While I hate crying in general I love any book that makes me feel so much that I do cry or scream…or both.
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  9. Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    Oh wow! I’m reading The 5th Wave now and you already have me on pins and needles as to why this one made you cry!! Just under 100 pages at the moment! But I cannot wait to see what (finally–as I’ve had it since May!) happens!

    Great list!

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    • Haha, I think I had 5th Wave about that long as well before getting to it! I got it as soon as it came out and only read it a couple of weeks ago >.>

  10. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I actually love when a book can make me cry. Mostly because I’m the type of person who will bottle my emotions up, so a book that makes me cry gives me a bit of an emotional release. I’m a fairly sensitive person so it doesn’t actually take much to make me cry. lol

    I’ve only read The 5th Wave, Grave Mercy and Mockingjay, all which made me cry…lol

    A big tear jerker for me was If I Stay, cried through pretty much the whole thing.

    • So agreed! There are days when I really just need a good cry and really appreciate when a book times things just right, haha.

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Exactly! It’s also nice when you don’t realize how badly you need a cry and a book just makes it happen and you feel better.

        I’m reading Order of the Phoenix right now. There will be tears before the end!

        • Omg I cried so hard reading Order of the Phoenix! I finished in the middle of the night and went downstairs and my dad saw me and asked what happened! I couldn’t spoil it for him so I just told him it was sad but I couldn’t tell him why haha

  11. I hadn’t heard that Steelheart was a tearjerker! And in the prologue, too? That’s really impressive! Usually I have to be emotionally attached to the characters before I get teary, but if Sanderson can tug at your heart in the opening pages, then I’m really looking forward to reading that one.
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    • Yeeessss! I’m sure that it’s a personal connections thing of “do family relationships tug at your heart?” or not, but omg it got me so much, haha.

  12. I don’t usually like it when books make me cry, mostly because I don’t like crying. Runny nose, red eyes, sore throat…yeah, not fun.
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    • Haha, I have different ways of crying. Most of the time, I just have tears running down my face, but if it’s getting really bad I get all the nose stuff too, which I call “ugly crying” ;-)

  13. Great list! Totally want to read the Jessie Lamb one, now. I probably should have put Mockingjay on my list–because it totally got me, too, but I didn’t think of it. Happy Tuesday!

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  14. Susan Gourley says:

    Steelheart got me too. I love anything Sanderson writes. The last book that really made me cry for hours afterward was Verity.

  15. Wow, this meme hit a lot of people day. And I keep saying the same ones, but adding to them as I read others lists. Now my list is at Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte’s Web, Stone Fox, Bridge to Teribithia.
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    • Omg yes to Bridge to Teribithia, I can’t actually tell you what it is about anymore, but I remember being really sad as a kid after reading it, haha.

  16. I am trying to think of the last book that had me balling and I am pretty sure it was a historical romance. It takes a lot for me to cry while reading but when it starts it is like I can’t turn it off. All the emotions!!!!!
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