Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make You Cry

This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry.” This list can be a little bit tricky because what makes me cry, might not necessarily make someone else cry.  So our list is more about the books that made us cry when we read them, and we think they will probably make you cry as well.

1.   “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: When I read this book, my own daughter was 17 at the time just like Hazel Grace.  I pretty much cried through the entire book because I kept imagining my daughter as Hazel Grace and that made it hard for me. Not only that, I loved Augustus and Hazel. I went through a LOT of Kleenex. -Diana

2.  “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak: I am not sure there is any other response to portions of this book except to cry. As I’ve mentioned many times before, people who love me thought I was going through a real life crisis when they heard me weeping at parts of this book (and it only takes me thinking of Rudy Steiner to start the waterworks at will).  -Sandie

3.Allegiant” by Veronica Roth: My guess is that by now most fans of the “Divergent” series already know what happens, but I don’t want to be the one to spoil things. Suffice it to say that I cried through the last few chapters (okay, I know many people were angry, but I cried). -Diana

4.  “Before I Die” by Jenny Downham: I know books about teens with cancer are de rigueur and that there are far more popular books on the subject, BUT I think Downham’s tale of leukemia-stricken Tessa is among the very best. I’ve read it three times, and each time I cry as Tessa goes through her bucket list, falls unexpectedly in love, and says goodbyes.  -Sandie

5.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling: I couldn’t stop crying when I read the chapter, “The Prince’s Tale” and then as different beloved characters were killed in the different battles, it just got worst! Just ask Sandie; she was the first person I called when I finished reading it. I was truly emotionally drained.  -Diana

6.  The “Chaos Walking” Trilogy by Patrick Ness: I’m starting to feel like we talk about the same 20 books over and over again on this blog, but we can’t help but discuss our favorites. There are so many moments when Todd and Viola’s story is so emotionally charged and intense and disturbing that I cried big fat tears of sadness, sympathy, grief, and relief.  -Sandie

7.  “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson: I always cry when I read this book. Years ago I used to read it to my fifth-grade class, and they would stare at me as I got to the parts that were sad, because I could hardly talk due to the tears in my eyes and the lump in my throat. -Diana

8.  “The Sea of Tranquility” by Katja Millay: I pretty much cried through big portions of the last quarter of this book, because my Lord what the main characters go through is unspeakably difficult to process. And the last line, oh, that’s a last line that should be the inspiration for a whole other Top Ten Tuesday. -Sandie

9.  If I Stay” by Gayle Forman: I think you would have to be made of stone if you don’t at least get teary eyed at some point during this book. There were several parts where I kind of lost it emotionally. This is an amazing book, but the tragedy that Mia is dealing with is one where you will need your tissues to get you through it.  -Diana

10. The following emotional reads: “Clockwork Princess,”  “Second Chance Summer,” “Where She Went,” (parts of) “Mockingjay,” “The Scorpio Races,” “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “Looking for Alaska,” “The Sky is Everywhere,” “Sweethearts,” “I’ll Be There,” “Between Shades of Gray,” and so many more. -Sandie

As always, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting, as always.




  1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta made me cry. It really touched me.
    I bawled through Second Chance Summer too.

    Great list!

    • Oh yes! I could have included all of Marchetta’s books. Jellicoe Road in particular but ALL of them. See, this is what happens when you make a list at 12:45 AM!

  2. The Sea of Tranquility, If I Stay, and the Deathly Hallows totally got me too! I should really read Allegiant before it gets spoiled somehow haha! Great choices!

  3. Great list! I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia when I was in elementary school and finding it very sad. Why do schools make children read that kind of stuff! Haha.

    My list!

  4. Great picks. If I Stay made my list too, such an emotional and beautiful book. I also picked Deathly Hallows, I pretty much cry from beginning to end. My TTT :)

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