Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry.

As you begin to peruse my choices this week, you might notice that I’ve provided no explanations regarding what, specifically, moved me to tears during a reading of any one of these novels. While this might seem like little more than laziness on my part, I promise that there’s reason I have chosen not to include these explanations. I would rather err on the side of caution and assume that you haven’t read one, or even all of these books rather than risk giving away a significant plot or character development that might spoil your enjoyment of these novels when you later have an opportunity to read them. Because spoilers? They’re no fun. I know, for example, more than a few friends who have never read, or who have yet to complete, the Harry Potter series and I wouldn’t dream of spoiling even the most minor detail for them. But know this, friends: Beware the sixth book. There be tears ahead!

Suffice it to say that whether it was a significant character death, an upsetting issue like post-trauamtic stress disorder or disordered eating, or simply an emotional moment that resonated deeply with me, these are the ten books that can make me cry without fail. And that, my friends, is truly saying something. Sure, I might cry during the audition process of So You Think You Can Dance and Budweiser commercials, but it takes quite a bit for a book to move me to tears. I salute you, authors. You left me gasping for air and reaching for the Kleenex, and I would happily do it all over again in a heartbeat. Your writing makes all the pain and suffering worth it.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

2) Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

3) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

4) In Honor by Jessi Kirby

5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling

6) The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

7) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8) Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

9) Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

10) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

13 responses to “Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry”

  1. Nikki says:

    Soooooo… I really need to read In Honor, huh? It’s been on my TBR forever, but knowing there are tears-inducing feels just makes me want to read it more!
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  2. Lindsay says:

    I love how you included new books and old ones. Because Little Women will make a girl cry.

    My TTT
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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Ooooh Little Women – good choice! I’d forgotten about that…and now I’m depressed hahaha. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games made my list as well, because honestly a list about crying isn’t complete without them. And I must be repressing something about Anne of Green Gables…oh wait never mind. GAH. I definitely had been repressing. Ouch. My heart. 🙁
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  4. Hunger games, Half Blood Prince and Faking normal .. No explanation needed! #TheFeels !!! I actually haven’t read any of the others. Probably because they are mostly contemporary.. I tend to stray away from those MOST of the time, because sometimes they hit a bit too close to home and then the water works REALLY start flowing >.< But I am trying to branch out and be brave this year ( and after reading Faking Normal " Channel Your Brave" comes to mind 🙂 and I will be looking into some from your list! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Ah, Laurie Halse Anderson… she really knows how to get the tears flowing. I still need to get on The Impossible Knife of Memory. I know I am in for a good cry with that one 🙂
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  6. Wintergirls had me in tears, too. Such an emotional and raw story. It’s been at least two years since I read it and it still stays with me. I can see why you chose both of Trish Doller’s books… very emotional moments in those as well.
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  7. I see that Trish Doller’s books are real tear-jerkers! I already have a copy of Something Like Normal so I’m super excited to read it! (Hopefully it’ll make me emotional too!) I loveeeeeed Faking Normal but it didn’t make me cry haha! Half-Blood Prince was the HP book that really made me bawl my eyes out. And of course the finale book as well!

    Great post, Jen! 😀
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  8. Lefty says:

    For one, you have such a gorgeous blog. Secondly, this is a fabulous list. Most of these are on my TBR list, though The Hunger Games made my top ten this week. It’s been a while since I read it, but I will never forget how it tore me up. I think I cried at least once in every chapter.
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  9. Both Trish books also made my list because, MAN! Did they pull at my heartstrings! Now THG…I think I may have cried some during Mockingjay…Peeta, Prim..yeah. TEARS. Great list, Jen!
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  10. Alexa S. says:

    You have such wonderful titles on your list this week, Jen. (And it makes me absurdly happy that I’ve read 8/10 books on here!) I felt incredibly moved by many of these titles, but none more so than Anne of Green Gables and the rest of that series. It’s such a wonderful story, and one I like to revisit every now and again.
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  11. Great picks.The Hunger Games trilogy makes me tear up quite a lot. I picked Deathly Hallows, I pretty much cry from beginning to end in that book but the last three books all make me cry. My TTT 🙂
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  12. Kelly says:

    I read Wintergirls when I was a lot younger, and I don’t remember being emotionally affected by it. I’d love to give it a re-read now, and see if that’s changed.
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  13. Courtney says:

    Yes! To so many of these books! What a great list – I can’t believe I didn’t think of Little Women!
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