Top Ten Tuesday: Books that will make you cry!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, with a different 'Top Ten' list each week. This week we're talking about: Books that will make you cry! 

While I know some titles that will definitely make me cry, I haven't read them yet, mostly because of my aversion to very sad stories. But still, ironically I love emotional reading and books that make me cry. Going by the books I've read, I'll list those that made me cry. (Crying while reading an emo book, by the way, is in no way a bad thing. It just tells you how awesomely expressed it is! :') )

In no particular order (except for how they pop into my head):

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green: There's something heart-breaking about that story, facilitated by the way the book's written: filled with metaphors and philosophy. You realize it's so not a normal book. It won't promise you happy endings, but it'll give you the reality you need to know. 

2. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead: This is the third book in the Vampire Academy series, supposedly all badass and "cool". Yep, but I found this book quite high on emotions and the ending (although the story's going on in the subsequent books, but still) made me shed a tear or two. Complete with that feeling of emotional surge!

3. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult's books are based on familial ties and health problems that affect them. Those stories are so detailed, going into the life of each character, that I can't help feeling empathetic for all of them. And with this book, the last chapter was "Ohmygoodness NOO!!!" :'( Perfect cry-material. 

4. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: Probably the only Nicholas Sparks book I've ever read, but boy, did it make me cry! Towards the end when tragedies happen, you'll feel sad about it because you've so grown used to the characters, edging them on to optimism, and then BAM!

5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: I admit to not having read this book in totality. Okay, I did not even read less than half before it made me cry twice already! I like emotional books, but this was an open invite for a torrential tear-storm! I still haven't plucked up the courage to start reading And the Mountains Echoed. 

6. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna: I don't recall if it made me "cry" per se, but it's one of those rare books with a fantasy base but so emotional, it'll make you feel the same emotions like the characters do. It's one my favorite reads in the past year, and among the top favorites by Indian authors. :)

7. Angry River by Ruskin Bond: I haven't read this in years! I just remember reading this book as a kid, and crying over the scene where this little girl is stuck in a tree due to the flood that took her home, and grandfather away, and then her favorite doll who's like her friend slips from her hand and into the flooding waters. God!

8. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult: The ending! *wails* One, that wasn't expected. Two, it was just too sad to not cry about. Three, Jodi Picoult is Jodi Picoult is a heart-breaker. 

9. Hold Still by Nina LaCour: Dealing with a friend's suicide, this book portrays the feelings of grief, anger and sadness in the protagonist and the way she comes to closure. It's painfully beautiful. :')

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I admit to having this book making me feel a little less 'Oh-God-I'll-cry', but the tears came nevertheless. Why's Mr. Green such a heart-breaker? 

What about you guys? Which books made you tear up?! If they're not too devastating, I'd love to read them!


  1. I cried at the end of Shadow Kiss as well. I was so heartbroken for Rose but also because of Rose and Lissa.
    My Sisters Keeper definitely had the most unexpected ending ever. Jodi Picoult is definitely a heart-breaker and I may have cried at every book of hers I've read.
    I was a sobbing mess after TFiOS and I'm slightly scared to read John Green's other books in case they reduce me to a sobbing mess as well.
    Great list! :D

    1. I know! Rose and Lissa too :/
      As for John Green, I haven't read any other book either, except for LFA, which was an emotionally moving and thought-provoking book too!

  2. I don't know but I never cry after reading books. Infact, I do cry after certain scenes in movies. May be because, books tell us the this and that, reasons & understanding that gives me either a hope or tells me a factual 'it-happens' and thus I usually move on!
    Out of the six books of this list- the ones I haven't read, I think I am gonna pick up The Last Song and Hold still. By the way, I din't like My sister's keeper. I couldn't go beyond first two chapters I guess :-/

    Looking for Alaska <3 <3 & TFIOS - this certainly makes me cry :|

    1. Yeah, movies make me cry easily as well and probably books don't make you cry easily. That's why maybe I love books that CAN :P

      I bet you'd like Hold Still and The Last Song too! But My Sister's Keeper? Eeps! It's a book that slightly requires more engagement and trust in it as it builds up, but I found the detailing and everything quite emotional. And the end was definitely unexpected and heart-breaking. T-O-T-A-L!

      I'm so wanting to re-read LFA and TFIOS!

  3. Oh, Ashna! I haven't read those book you've mentioned, but I want to know John Green's work and read more Khaled Hosseini. I remember reading Before I Die, by Jenny Downham, and Fazendo Meu Filme 3, by Paula Pimenta (an brazilian writer), and crying a river, they've broken my heart and I liket it. Nice post!

    1. Thanks! :D

      I haven't read the authors you mentioned, but I'm sure they must be really good. There are so many talented ones out there with amazing books to their credit :')

      John Green writes contemporary mixed with philosophy and bluntness, and absolute heart-breaks!!! Khaled Hosseini is superemotional. I can't handle THAT!

  4. Now this is one perfect post for me!
    I literally admire books that can make you cry. The author has it in him/her then. The power to touch hearts.
    'A Thousand Splendid Suns'! the author is amazing!
    'The Fault in our Stars' I need to say a thing?
    'Angry River'...I read this as a story in one of his book...and yes, the storm scene was dreadful :/
    'The Last Song'..watched the movie.and..I cried :(

    I love you for putting this up. I gotta pick up some books from here now. :D

    1. Oh wow. You're relating with so many of these! :D I love you for being you and for this comment! Thanks :D


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