Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

This is my thirtieth Top Ten Tuesday post! I don't cry at books all that often, so I admit that I struggled a little bit with this topic!

Some of these books are quite sad, as you might expect, but I do cry at happy endings sometimes as well.

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

1. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman - I don't know how anyone could get through this book without crying at least once. Teddy :(

2. A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I'm not sure if I cried the first time I read this but I definitely cried at the film!

3. Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry - the characterisation is amazing, and I couldn't help but cry just a little bit at the end.

4. Life on the Refridgerator Door, by Alice Kuipers - this is a short and very sad book about the relationship between a girl called Claire and her mother, who is diagnosed with breast cancer.

5. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi - I think I cried twice - once at a particularly sad part in the middle of the book, and again at the end.

6. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler - this is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster!

7. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak - the ending was devastating, even though I knew it was coming, .

8. Green Fingers, by Paul May - this is a children's book that really took me by surprise. I loved it.

9. Double Act, by Jacqueline Wilson - I will forever remember sitting on my parents' old sofa and crying when formerly-inseparable twins Ruby and Garnet have their first major falling-out.

10. Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman - I didn't just cry. I also struggled to sleep afterwards. I was so shaken by the ending. It's horrible and unforgettable.

How often do you cry while reading fiction? I think I cry more at films and television shows, seeing the tragedy acted out (or CGI'd out...oh, Dobby) in front of me seems to have more of an immediate impact.


  1. Great list. So happy to see Noughts & Crosses on another list, that book utterly destroyed me! I think I was eleven when I first read it, and eleven years later, I still sob every time I read it! My TTT :)

    1. Thanks! I am still traumatised by that ending!

  2. I completely agree that the characterization in Pushing the Limits is spectacular. I will always pimp Katie McGarry's books because she has unbelievable talent, part of which is evoking tons of emotion. Great list! I really need to read The Book Thief.

    My list!

  3. If I Stay killed my emotions so bad! I was a big cry baby on that one! I haven't read any of the others on your list though!! Hope you're having a great week, Julianne! Thanks for sharing!!

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

    1. You're welcome, you too! :)



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