What books have made you cry?


I am about to read a book that I’ve been told is one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching stories ever written:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

The Fault in Our StarsSummary from Goodreads:  Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

I’ve been told by many to have several box of tissues next to me when I read this book.  I have to admit I’m hesitant to read something I know is going to make me cry. Why put myself through that?  The last book I read that made me sob was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Sirius’ death really did a number on me.

“But it’s such a great story!  You have to read it,” they tell me about Green’s novel.  Okay, okay. I’m not one to turn down a great story, so I guess I’ll head out to the store today and pick up a couple of boxes of tissues.  Geez, the things we do for the love of a good book.

What was the last book you read that made you cry?  Did you go into it knowing it was a tear-jerker?

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25 thoughts on “What books have made you cry?

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this!
    Sirius made me weep hysterically as well, and I walked around school for the next few days in a daze. Another thing that never fails to get the waterworks started is Lion King. My watch-count is probably over twenty, and it still gets me every time.

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  2. I try to avoid chick-lit and chick-flicks due to getting too emotionally involved, but even the most unsuspecting things can have me in tears, I cried at the Hunger Games books, Dark Life and Frankie recently and suspect i am going to cry again soon when I read Insurgent!!

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  3. The only book that has ever made me cry is Catch-22 (the second last chapter, though it’s only after having read everything up to that point – the emotion is pent up until it bursts). But I have heard this book is sad, I am curious about it!

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    1. I loved War Horse. I thought I was going to be a blithering idiot but the waterworks weren’t too bad. Not that I didn’t cry…I just thought it would be much, much worse.

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  4. I cry at just about everything, so this probably isn’t a fair question! Lol! 😉

    I bawled during the last Harry Potter book and I absolutely lost it while reading Ron Currie, Jr’s “Everything Matters.” You can still see the tear stains on the last few pages of the book.

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  5. Oh this is a very good question for me today, I shall need to think about it. I’ve been reading alright, but nothing that moved me to tears – at least not a book. Last was Flight of the Doves I think … but that was a children’s book (Oh my!) And then I think I’ve been reading so many history books they sometimes move me to tears, but not exactly cry over a storyline. You’ve inspired me to get back to reading books that might make me cry 😉 Thanks!

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  6. If a book makes me cry, something very special has happened. While I am prone to waterworks at the simplest — an often time most banal — things in real life, for whatever reason, to produce tears requires an awful lot of an author. It could just be lack of music. I find that it is usually the music that is responsible for the visceral reaction.

    Back in my days of devouring Danielle Steel novels, I would have to say — and whether this be operative of my age or not — I cried at some point in nearly every single one of them. She is great as what she does.

    Happy Sunday to you!

    ~ Cara

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  7. I’m such a woos so many books make me cry. I cry when I’m happy or when the story is sad. You should have seen me at my daughter’s wedding! Anyway, I read Thirteen Reasons Why, knowing the subject matter alone would definitely make me cry, but it had been highly recommended to me by a close friend. I read it. I cried. Sometimes I couldn’t even see the page through my tears but it was well worth the read. 🙂

    BTW, I would like to interview you for the next installment of my Sunday Interviews, if you wouldn’t mind. Leave me a comment on my blog, if you’re willing, and I will give you my contact info. 🙂

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  8. A beautiful description or ending can bring a tear to my eye, but it’s the film version of ‘West Side Story’ that always has me sobbing my heart out. No matter how many times I see it…

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    1. Wow! The first book that ever made me cry was The Miracle of the Bells by Russell Janney. The book was published in 1946 and there I was, 1974, crying over something written 28 years earlier. The movie was eventually made into a movie. I think it had Frank Sinatra in it, and while good, it wasn’t as good as the book.

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  9. I just read books because they interest me. If they make me cry, that usually means they’ve affected me on an emotional level which (imo) is a huge talent that not all authors possess. I cried a lot when I read Sisterhood Everlasting by Anne Brashares (sp?) and I cried this morning whilst reading The Selection. A lot depends on what mood you’re in at the time of reading. Get me in a hormonal mood, and chances are I’ll blart over the funny stuff, too. 🙂

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