Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TTT - Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry


It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Today's topic: Top ten books that will make you cry.

I'm not much of a crier when it comes to books. Movies? Yup. TV shows? In a heartbeat, despite the long running joke over on Snark Squad that I'm the leader of Team Heartless Cow. Hell, I watched that Superbowl Budweiser ad with the puppies this morning and cried like a lunatic. But books? It's a pretty short list. Ten, to be precise. How very convenient!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I see this book featuring on a lot of lists. I think I'm quite lucky in that I finished reading this on public transport, and I didn't have any tissues with me so I knew I had to keep it together so that I didn't have to explain to some helpful old lady that I was crying over fictional characters. I expect I'll ugly cry much harder when I reread it sometimes before early June.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
This was the first book that ever made me cry. I made it through Godric's Hollow unscathed. Through Snape and Lupin and Tonks and Dobby. But Fred Weasley? That tipped me over the edge and I ugly cried for the rest of the book.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh man, the crying that happened during this book.

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Way to tear my heart out and rip it into little pieces, Wein. Same goes for the sort-of sequel, Rose Under Fire. A different kind of ugly crying, but it was still there.

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
There are no words. How could a book this short cause so many emotions??

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Even just reading the blurb, I knew this one wasn't going to end well for my tear ducts.

7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I met someone recently who hadn't read the books and was insanely excited about the Mockingjay movies. Meanwhile, those of us who've read the book are secretly hoping that certain things get dramatically changed.

8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
I HATED this book as a child, but having reread it as an adult, I suspect that's because it made me feel all the feels but I was too young to process them. (The same theory applies to Child!Kirsti's hatred of Charlotte's Web and The Velveteen Rabbit)

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I wouldn't have thought this would make me teary, given that we know right from the start that there's only one possible ending to this book. AND YET.

10. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
For the most part, this made me cry with laughter. But there were moments of seriousness when I got a little teary for entirely different reasons.

What books have made you cry?

K xx

18 comments:

  1. I seem to be in the minority regarding Before I Fall - but I agree with you for the others! A plus about Top Ten Tuesday is that I get to find some more awesome reads. I definitely have to add Code Name Verity and A Monster Calls to my (infinite) TBR :)

    You can see the books that made me cry here: http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-will-make-you-cry/

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    1. They're both SO GOOD. Insanely feelsy, obviously. But SO FREAKING GOOD.

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  2. Sooooo much crying during TFIOS. Like...I sobbed for the last 10ish chapters. Definitely cried during Deathly Hallows and pats of Mockingjay, too. I just picked up The Book Thief and I've been warned to prepare myself for #allthetears.

    Another random book that made me sob was this book called Ever After. Super cliche, cheesy romance, but it had to do with the military and a soldier died during deployment and, as a military brat, it just hit me in a weird place and I sobbed for a solid 20ish pages. It was bad news bears, man.

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    1. Oh yeah. Books that hit you when you least expect it are the WORST. Especially books that you can relate to.

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  3. The Fault in Our Stars and The Book Thief are the only two books that have ever made me cry on public transportation. I loved Deathly Hallows (my favorite of the Harry Potter books, despite all the sadness), Thirteen Reasons Why, and Let's Pretend This Never Happened, too. Mockingjay didn't really make me cry, but that was mostly because I thought that book could have had plots much more interesting than the one it ultimately did.

    I really need to read Code Name Verity, having heard so many good things about it.

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    1. I totally agree that Mockingjay could have had a much better plot. But PRIM. PRIIIIIIM.

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  4. Ugh! Charlotte's Web! I don't remember crying at the book (I probably did) but what really sticks out is BAWLING in the middle of class when we watched the animated movie at school. It's not like I didn't already know what happens, but it didn't matter. And I was the only one. It was all very traumatic.

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    1. Oh man, that does seem pretty traumatic! At least when I cried watching Dead Poet's Society at school, the whole rest of the year level were crying right along with me...

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  5. So many tearful books. Ahhh I forgot to include Mockingjay, that tore me to pieces. I actually had to put the book down in that one scene because I couldn't stop crying.

    Here's our TTT
    Doris @ OABR

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    1. I should have seen it coming. I should have, but I didn't. So yeah, I hear you.

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  6. Great picks! Deathly Hallows made my list too, I cry every time I read that book. Mockingjay definitely makes me cry, such a sad book and it kind of destroyed me. My TTT :)

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    1. Thanks! After the first time, Deathly Hallows has been a mixed bag for me on the crying front. Sometimes it makes me bawl, other times? Nothing. Bizarre...

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  7. It might be easier to list what doesn't make me cry. I'm kind of woosy when it comes to books because I always love the characters so much and hate when bad things happen to them. The Dark Tower (last book in series), NOS4A2, Deathly Hallows, both Hunger Games and Mockingjay, Good in Bed, The Dark Knight Returns, and A Thousand Splendid Suns are a few off the top of my head. For the Dark Tower I had to put the book down because I was crying so hard I couldn't see.

    I keep hearing about TFIOS, I guess I need to check out what all the fuss is about.

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    1. TFiOS, man. Freaking TFiOS. I mean, it's about teenagers with cancer. You know going in that it's going to shred your heart to pieces. AND YET.

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  8. I'm a cry baby and easily get the FEELS overedose while reading so it's no surprise the books you listed and that I've actually read, would make my list as well. TFiOS, The Book Thief, Mokingjay, Harry Potter...I cried big, fat, ugly tears.

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    1. I really want to reread TFiOS. But at the same time, I really DON'T want to reread TFiOS. You know?

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