Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

by Jessica Anderson on February 4, 2014

in Memes & Miscellany

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


1. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
I think I bawled the entire last 200 pages. Tears just streaming down my face.

2. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The man’s love for his child and his powerlessness just crush me every time.

3. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
I didn’t bawl over this one, but there were definitely tears shed.

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
One word: Sirius.

5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
One word: Dumbledore.

6. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Oh, Charlotte.

7. Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery
I didn’t cry over this when I was younger. But that ending, with Anne giving up her scholarship . . . sob.

8. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
This one just made me feel so many things that it came out as crying.

9. War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
The book, being from the horse’s perspective, is much more effective than the movie.

10. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
Uh, the ending to this one knocked me right over. Tears were thusly involved.

Okay, I know I’m missing some here. What books make you cry?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Chrissi Reads February 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

You’ve got some great selections! The Book Thief made my list too.


Jessica Anderson February 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Thanks, Chrissi. I get verklempt just thinking about THE BOOK THIEF. :)


bermudaonion (Kathy) February 4, 2014 at 8:34 am

Oh my, The Fault in Our Stars made me sob!


Jessica Anderson February 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

It’ll be interesting to see if the movie has the same effect.


Kami February 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

The Book Thief makes me sob buckets every time! I’ve seen a lot of Harry Potter books on lists today.


Jessica Anderson February 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Yeah. THE BOOK THIEF is the book I think about when people ask me what books make me cry.


Lianne @ February 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

The Book Thief caught me off-guard with the tears! I hope to get around to the movie soon enough…I wonder if it’ll garner the same reaction out of me…



Jessica Anderson February 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I thought the movie was quite well done, and I cried a little, but it did not have the emotional impact for me that the book did.


Leslie February 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Did you read Wonder by R.J. Palacio? I definitely bawled through that one. Auggie is an inspiring character for any reader, young or old!


Jessica Anderson February 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I haven’t read WONDER, but it’s definitely on my list!


Jenny @ Reading the End February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I cry SO HARD at The Book Thief. Just every single time. Rivers of tears.


Jessica Anderson February 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Rivers. Yes, rivers.


Care February 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

Yes oh yes to The Book Thief. I was just asking a few 7th graders if they had read it yet but they say they want. One was telling me she has about 30 minutes to finish Number the Stars but is afraid and not wanting it to end! And they mentioned Speak and how they tried to not to cry because they were on a school trip/bus.
I always add Les Miserables. And I even cried at Casual Vacancy though not necessarily a favorite book.


Jessica Anderson February 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

I love the kids’ perspective! I love NUMBER THE STARS. And I read SPEAK as an adult, but I totally would’ve loved it as a teen.

Thanks for sharing about THE CASUAL VACANCY. I often tear up at books, for a variety of reasons.


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