Top Eleven* Books That Made Me Cry

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I missed doing this the past couple of weeks but this week is a freebie – pick any TTT you like. Being new to the book blogging scene I had a multitude of past lists to choose from. I’m going to share with you the ‘Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry’ partly because it’s a list I was able to put together quite quickly and also who doesn’t like a good cry?

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I’m just going to give you hints about what made me cry in each of these books – so as not to be too spoilery.  Interestingly, all of the following books are some of my favourites. If you haven’t read any of them, definitely check them out!

1. Skulduggery Pleasant – The Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

Landy’s books are incredibly funny, fast paced & unusually violent but they’re definitely not renowned as tear-jerkers. The Skulduggery Pleasant series is pretty epic and  it’s easy to get attached to the characters, it was a gruesome and unexpected murder of one of my favourites that had me bawling.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Part of the amazing and highly original Chaos Walking Trilogy. I will tell you this; animals dying are the worst…

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Do I have to explain this one?

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read Perks after enjoying the recent movie adaptation. It’s an emotional story however it wasn’t the story exactly that sent me crying but a certain poem in the book. This is the only poem that has ever made me cry.

6. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson

A wonderful story about life in the Niger Delta told from the point of view of a little girl. This book has some devastatingly sad moments.

7. Lord of The Flies by William Golding

So animal’s dying are the worst but a little kid with an animal’s name dying – the worst of the worst!

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This is a pretty popular book and for good reason. I found the ending  just heartbreaking.

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Again a popular book and one of the best I’ve read, the author packs so much emotion into the story and I was sent crying at more than one point throughout the book.

10.Watership Down by Richard Adams

I don’t actually remember why I cried in this book I just remember crying for ages at the end. Maybe I was sad it was over or maybe it was the animals dying thing again. It was a childhood favourite read to me by my parents and I think I’ll re-read it at some point.

*11. (Just remembered this one and had to add it to the list!) Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry but I did when reading this book. There is this one beautiful bittersweet moment between two of the main characters and it’s pretty hard not to start tearing up. The Noughts & Crosses series by the same author also had me going a few times. I absolutely adore Blackman’s books and think she’s definitely one of the best YA and children’s authors around.

Have you read any of these books and did they make you cry? Do you think I cry to easily? Let me know if any other books have made you reach for the tissue box.


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7 thoughts on “Top Eleven* Books That Made Me Cry

  1. My list would have so much in common with yours! I absolutely adored The Knife of Never Letting Go and it easily made me a sobbing wreck (I completely agree with you about the animals…). As for the Book Thief, well, that book captured my heart, and then broke it into tiny little pieces. It was devastatingly beautiful and the story and it’s characters have imprinted themselves into my mind. Again like you, Skulduggery Pleasant and Harry Potter – I love those novels and I often become so involved in the story that long after reading the book, the lines between reality and it’s (much better) fictional counterpart are blurred. The poem in The Perks of Being a Wallflower both upset and disturbed me, and although I didn’t find The Help particularly tear-jerking, I did love the story. Another book that would be on my list is ‘The Story Sisters’ by Alice Hoffman. It’s dark and vaguely sinister, but also a really compelling, captiviating read.

    • flightypig says:

      Oo you have good taste :p Aww, The Book Thief, I thought about it for days after I finished it! Yes I agree, the fictional world is much much better! I love long series that you can really get lost in and I think the Skulduggery and Harry Potter books carry the plot and handle multiple characters so well. I’ll check out The Story Sisters, it sounds good 🙂 I think you may like The Noughts and Crosses series I mentioned if you haven’t already read it? It’s pretty original and the writing so good 🙂

      • Yes, I know what you mean! It is so easy to get lost in the fictional world 🙂 and you can get really attached to the different characters in long series, especially as their personalities develop over the course of the novels!! Yes, I have read the first book of that series, and I really, really liked it 🙂 I definitely need to get round to reading the others!

  2. Melinda says:

    I want to read The Book Thief!

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