Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books that will make you cry. I did a similar topic two years ago, namely Books That Broke My Heart, so I’m purposefully leaving those books from this post.

I think it’s a fine balance, reading enough books from the light/heavy spectrum. A good book-cry can be so… refreshing? Or empowering. Or I don’t know. Anyways, a sad book is not necessarily one to shy away from.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I adore this book because it had HILARIOUS bits as well, so I don’t have aversion to thinking about it. But it really is a sad book too, and I ugly cried so badly for this one.

2. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – this is kind of a sweet book, and I so enjoyed the descriptions of the girls adjusting to their new life. But there were bits that made me quite teary, too. It is not a “comfortable” story.

3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – you’ll be shocked into silence. And then you’ll cry.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I’m sure this is going to be on everybody’s list, but whatever. So many tears!

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I don’t know if anybody else really cried for this one, or even for the same reason. See, it’s not Willem that made me cry, but the difficulty Allyson experiences at college. I know what it’s like to have high expectations for college and then it’s just… not the way you thought it would be. Reading it described so well was hard.

6. Easy by Tammara Webber – I can’t even remember why I cried SO MUCH for this one! I think I just felt connected to the story. Or I was really homesick on SAS and needed an excuse to cry.

7. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – THE ENDING, GUYS.

8. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – oh, little Tiger Lily! My heart broke so much for this book.

9. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I’m putting two Green books on this list because I can. And because it’s really not that many books that can make me cry.

10. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult – It was a sad book. ’nuff said.


  1. That top comic is sooooo accurate for this week xD

    i haven’t read any of the books on your list but I am unconsciously fortifying myself for when I get around to Eleanor and Park; been hearing the same thing from a lot of bloggers that there will be tears =P

    My TTT

    1. Fortification is good, hah. But it is a wonderful book and I hope you will love it.

  2. Natasha says:

    I recently finished The Fault in Our Stars. It was so unbelievably beautiful and sad. Good post!

    1. Thank you 🙂 It remains one of my favourite YA books. I just recently bought it for my little brother too!

  3. helgamatos89 says:

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  4. readerbuzz says:

    I seem to be on a Sad Books Rampage these days. So maybe I’ll add Code Name Verity. Completely new to me.

    Here’s my Books That Will Make You Cry.

    1. I do hope you will enjoy CNV! It’s really one for the records.

  5. bookmammal says:

    I do love Jodi Picoult, even though I didn’t include any of her books on my own list. and Eleanor & Park–how can you not be a sobbing mess at the end of that book?????

  6. Lucy says:

    I love that you included Easy! The ending of that book gets me. Same with Just One Day, E&P and If You Find Me. Yay for similar taste in books!

    1. Pretty awesome! Thanks for popping by 😀

  7. jdai90 says:

    I love Looking For Alaska! One of my favourite John Green novels :).

    1. I love it too! But I’ve only read two of his novels, heh.

  8. I agree that sometimes it can feel good to cry – we need that release, right? 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. beesharaa says:

    Reblogged this on safehavenforme.

  10. I am reading Eleanor & Park now. Not tearing up yet and I’m 3/4 of the way through. Uh-oh… What’s ahead?

    1. Mmmh it’s not a massive tear jerker, but there was just something about it that made me emotional. You might not cry, but let me know what you think about it!

  11. Lo @ The Bittersweet Bookworm says:

    I just came across your blog and I have to say that I COMPLETELY agree with Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult! That book is one of my all time favorite novels by her, but I love them all and they all normally put me in distress by the end. One More Day is on my to-read list, so now I can’t wait to read it. Also I want to read The Fault in Our Stars, but I tried to read Paper Towns by John Green and just didn’t like it at all, so now I’m nervous to read another…

    1. Thank you! I don’t read that much Picoult any more because I find that sometimes her books follow a very similar line of events… but some premises are just to interesting to pass up on, and HwC was one of those.
      I haven’t read Paper Towns so unfortunately can’t help you there… I want to give it a try though, but I think TFioS is said to be one of his bests! What about Paper Towns turned you off?
      Thanks for stopping by and great to meet you!

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