Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, it’s asking for the top ten books that made you cry.

This is a difficult one, I think. Here are mine!

1) The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Pretty sure this one is going to be on a lot of people’s lists. Reading this book is like getting repeatedly punched in the heart and enjoying it. I don’t even know how I’m going to be able to watch the film when it comes out – the trailer made me tear up!

2) My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

That ending. Seriously, I must have been twelve or thirteen when I first read this, or maybe slightly older. I just remember finishing it, putting the book to one side, and then trailing downstairs to sob on my mum. I probably could mention other Jodi Picoult novels, but this is the one that will always hit me hardest.

3) The Reluctant Dom – Tymber Dalton

The first of a few erotic novels on this list, this one was one of the ones that hit the hardest. Knowing from the beginning that one of the main characters is going to die does not ease the heartache when he actually does.

4) Aftermath – Angel Martinez

Another erotic novel. This one deals with the aftermath of rape, and it does so very well. A difficult subject for me to read, the way Angel Martinez handles it makes this one worth the read even if you’re not into M/M fiction.

5) Dark Citadel – Cherise Sinclair

Yet another erotic novel. To be honest, most of Cherise Sinclair’s books make me cry a little when I read them, but I’m pretty sure this one was the worst. I got so involved with the characters, and Kari and Dan have remained my favourite couple ever since.

6) The Night the Angels Came – Cathy Glass

This one’s a true story. Cathy Glass writes a lot of heart-wrenching novels based on her experience of being a foster carer, but this one tugged at my heart strings the most.

7) The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht

It is very rarely that a book effects me as much as The Tiger’s Wife did. It was the little throwaway sentences that hit me hardest. Gah. :(

8) The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

I’m not ashamed to admit it with this one. If you’ve read it, you probably know what part made me tear up. Curse you, Scott Lynch. ;A;

9) A Game of Thrones – George RR Martin

Martin made me so upset over the death of a minor character early on that I had to put the book down and only picked it up again months later. I was not prepared.

10) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling

I think I was pretty much a wreck from the moment I opened this book to the moment I shut it. Yeah.

So, that’s it for my list. What books have made you cry?



  1. I didn’t include any Harry Potter, and that’s a major oversight on my part! I’d probably go with #5, since the big death at the end just KILLED me (sob…). And I can’t believe I didn’t include any of the George R. R. Martin books either — although there, I’ve pretty much become numb since he keeps killing everyone I love. I still have to read The Lies of Locke Lamora (had no idea there would be tears!) and The Tiger’s Wife. I see we have Jodi Picoult in common — although to be honest, I was more angry than in tears at the end of My Sister’s Keeper (the movie destroyed me, though). Great list!

    • Yeah, I debated OOTP but DH broke my heart even more because it was the last one. I didn’t want it to be over, and then she kept KILLING PEOPLE. :(

      I didn’t expect tears in The Lies of Locke Lamora either, but gah. It was like I was punched in the stomach.

      My Sister’s Keeper is probably tinged by nostalgia glasses. It was the first Picoult I read, and I’d never read anything like it before. And I was in such shock that tears was the only plausible reaction. I agreed with The Pact on your list, though. That’d be a close second.

      I haven’t seen the film. I should get round to it. D:

      Thank you!

  2. I would definitely have OOTP and DH on my list! I would add Judas Child by Carol O’Connell and a non-fiction one called ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’ by Barbara Holborow. She was a children’s magistrate for a long time and it is a collection of stories from her time on the bench. Some of them break your heart.

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