Top Ten Books for Crybabies

Posted 4 February, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook / 34 Comments

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I have been wanting to participate in Top Ten Tuesday for ages and ages. It’s a fun little (or big) meme from The Broke and the Bookish that’s definitely worth checking out. I’ve been stalking the topic list for a few months now and I knew that I had to participate in this week as I love books that make me cry. The harder I cry, the better. I know. Strange, huh? I could theorize on why I love books that make me cry but really I think it just boils down to the fact that they illicit a strong emotional response that ends up sticking with me.
So, as follows are ten books that have made me cry.
1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book gave me majorly heavy boots and I cried several times. Including once on the recumbent bike at the gym.
2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Buckets of tears. Bonus points for beautiful writing as well. I keep meaning to re-read this one.
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Oh my heart. And poor little Harry. This is the fifth book in the series but it made me sob and sob. I was in denial of what happened the rest of the series.
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan. On an airplane. Stuffed between my husband and another man. This book was so unfair. And yet…
5. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I was confounded by most of this book but when it hit me, it hit me hard. I was holding a sleeping baby Elle when I broke into tears while reading this one.
6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Scott could hear my sobbing from the other room. When I explained that I was crying because of my book I received a “Seriously?” response. Oh! Owen! Oh!!
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. I can still remember staying up until 2 in the morning to finish this book and then crying in bed for another hour.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. So many times. May as well just rip out my heart and stomp on it.
9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. King? Make me cry? Oh yes. Sobbing, heaving mess on the couch. Scott just rolled his eyes at me.
10. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. More like a sad whimpering but nonetheless this book still breaks my heart when I think about it.
Are these all the books that have made me cry? No way jose. Last year I was caught sobbing in Starbucks while finishing Me Before You. Sobbing. A few times at work I’ve gone back to my desk with red rimmed eyes from crying while reading at lunchtime. But still, I seek these books out. I love them so deeply.
Did any of these books make you cry? What are some others that made you sob?

34 Responses to “Top Ten Books for Crybabies”

  1. When I read the HP books last year, I think I cried at all of them except maaaybe 2 and 3? THEY ARE VERY CRY WORTHY! And ohhh, Remains of the Day- I can’t remember if I actually cried, but I definitely felt very melancholy after I read it. Siiiigh.

  2. Les

    The Book Thief had me sobbing for pretty much the last 1/4th of the book. I told Rod he needed to read it and he just looked at me like I was crazy. He said why in the world would he want to read something that would make him sob?

    I’m going to steal this post idea for a later date. I need to spend some time perusing my journals to see what I can add to my meager list. So far, Odd Thomas and Every Last One are all I have to add to The Book Thief. Remains of the Day made me cry, but I’ve only seen the movie. Need to read the book!

  3. I don’t think it’s strange. At all. I positively adore books that make me cry!!! Of course, I’m pretty much a sap and it doesn’t take all that much…but hey that’s a good thing in mind. I haven’t read a single book on your list–just look at all that crying I could have ahead of me. :P

  4. Okay, Book Thief get to me. He so should have kissed her. Dang!

    My 7th graders will be getting to the final chapters of The Outsiders this week. As many times as I’ve read that book, and as tired of reading it as am this year, I know the end will get to me once again just like the ending of Bridge to Terabithia always did when I taught sixth grade.

  5. I’ve read 6 and 9 and they both made me cry. Two others that come to mind immediately are Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

  6. Its HP book 7 that gets me! I’m rereading them right now so I’ll have to prepare myself. The Time Travelers Wife had me in pieces, as did the movie. And I will try and remember not to take Me Before You for lunchtime reading at work when I get around to it!

  7. Heavy boots for Foer indeed, but that remains one of my favorite novels ever! I sobbed while reading it on a commuter bus headed into D.C., and it was the first work of 9/11 fiction I’d encountered. Everything still felt raw when I read it, even back in 2006, and I can’t think of certain passages without tearing up. Life-changing. On a related note, have you seen the film? I want so badly to see it, but am not sure I can take it.

  8. Oh man…Me Before You was definitely a tear-jerker for me as well! I have 11/22/63 on my list to read for this year, so I’m thinking I’ll probably be crying with that too! :)

  9. I have Owen Meaney on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. I’m afraid to read most of the others though! I refuse to watch any movie until I know it’s going to end happily and I’m not that much better about books!

  10. I’ve read all but two of the books you’ve listed. I love sad books, too, but they rarely ever make me cry despite me feeling really heavy-hearted. Maybe there’s something wrong with my tear ducts, who knows?

    I’ve maybe cried during five or six books my entire life. Most recently, Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Broke my heart. I was sobbing and could barely catch my breath. Elizabeth Wein has done it to me twice, with Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. So, so good.

    I have Cold Mountain on my shelf. I didn’t realize it was a crying book. Now I’m more eager to read it. I’m so bizarre.

  11. Great list! I’ve read #1, 4, 6, 9, and “Me Before You.” I *almost* cried at the end of “Me Before You”… it’s just really super rare that a book or movie will make me cry (music, on the other hand…)

  12. I’m nodding my head here agreeing with some of your picks! Great choices. Glad you participated in TTT. I don’t plan ahead a lot but didn’t want to pass up on this weeks meme!

  13. Cold Mountain just made me crazy – I was so over all of the bad things happening (because, of course, I didn’t pick up on the fact that it was a reimagining of The Odyssey until way toward the end). But damn, really? They finally find each other and he dies????

  14. I love that you cry over books so much!!! I’m like that, too. I will cry even just describing a book that made me cry! Limiting myself to ten this week was hard! ;-)

  15. I like books that make me cry too (although not all cry-worthy books–some are too much for me to handle), but it’s pretty easy to make me cry when I read. I’m not sure that’s a good or a bad thing. LOL The Book Thief and Atonement were definitely among the books that made me cry.

  16. Yes! I totally cried while reading The Book Thief and Extremely Close. I keep seeing A Prayer for Owen Meany on everyone’s lists so I should probably read it soon.

  17. Trish, you do like to cry. I avoid books if I know they will make me cry. It’s the unexpected ones that sneak up on me! I didn’t read Extremely Loud, butthe movie made me teary.