Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Cry

This week's theme is Top Ten Books That Make Me Cry. I've tried to keep my commentary as spoiler-free as possible, so I'm sorry if it seems a little vague.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Even though we know early on in the book that certain key characters will ultimately meet their demise, the end of The Book Thief still crushed me. I don't think I've ever cried so much over a book.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenHazel! Augustus! Why???!!!!

3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The ending was so bittersweet that I couldn't help but shed a few tears.

4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I don't wanna talk about it. Mockingjay Part 2 is going to be so hard to watch.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Deathly Hallows wasn't sad only because of the character deaths, but because it marked the end of a book series I'd grown up loving. I was about to turn seventeen when the book came out, so I literally grew up with Harry.

6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The Road was one of the first novels I read in college and it had such a huge impact on me, and has stayed with me ever since. It was the first book I had ever read that genuinely frightened me, but at the same time I was so moved by the relationship between the father and son in the story. You experience this horrible journey through a post-apocalyptic world with them and by the end you feel as battered and broken as they do. It's an emotionally exhausting book, and yes, it will make you cry, but it's a book I'm glad to have read.

7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. The ending of this book was such a shocking twist and I am so irritated by how they changed it in the film--it was so drastically different that it sort of ruined the whole movie for me. I still cried though. I mean, given the subject matter, how could you not?

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This is the only book on this list that made me cry from happiness. After all of Jane's trials, I was so happy with the way things wrapped up in the epilogue.

What books make you cry? Do we share any of the same picks?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.


  1. I think everyone cried over The Fault in Our Stars and I saw this book on a lot of TTT posts. I feel like the black sheep now, because I read it and didn't cry over it. But, I feel like quite a heartless person because I almost never cry over books, I could only come up with 5 books for my own TTT list!
    I think it's great that you were 17 when Deathly Hallows was released, because you did grew up with this series and with Harry (you know, him being 17 too in the book). And yeah, that book was one of the very few that I did actually cry over!

    1. Haha, don't feel bad! Everyone reacts differently to sad things.

      Yeah, it was pretty cool to be the same age as Harry when reading the last book! It's so awesome that there is a whole generation of readers who got to experience growing up with him. It kind of makes me sad in a way, though, because new generations of HP readers won't have that kind of experience. (well, I mean guess they could if they really wanted to wait to read each book. But since we had to actually wait for each new book to be released, it's a little different).

  2. Great list! My Sister's Keeper, HP 7 (I also grew up with it and sobbed not only because of the deaths but because it was ending), and The Time Traveler's Wife all made my list. I almost put The Road and really wish I had because I loved that book so much and it had such a big, emotional impact for me. Great picks! My TTT :)

    1. Thanks! Looks like we have similar taste in books! :)

  3. Seeing the TFiOS movie does not bode well for us lol. If the books gave us feels, imagine what seeing it on the big screen will do. I CANNOT LOSE AUGUSTUS ALL OVER AGAIN!!

    1. I know! It's going to be so painful! Just seeing the clip of Hazel giving her eulogy was enough to make me tear up.

  4. I don't want to talk about Mockingjay either! I have no idea how I'm going to watch the movie without being a sobbing mess!! Great list, Alex!! Hope you're having a great week so far!

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

    1. I'm going to need a whole box of Kleenex to get through it! Ugh.

      Thanks so much! Hope you're having a great week as well! :)


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