Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the BookishEvery other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.


Books break my heart on a daily basis. The characters I love hurt me, leave me or even worse - they die. You'd think I'd get used to getting my heart shattered. Still it hurts every single time and I feel my eyes welling up quite a lot. But when I say books that made me cry, I mean books that made me cry. Non-stop sobbing, puffy cheeks, ugly crying. I don't cry like that a lot. Not in real life, not because of movies, not because of books. It doesn't mean I don't hurt or care - on the contrary. I guess I've just taught myself not to. Most of the time. Here are some (not quite ten) books that resulted in waterfalls anyway.

1. The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 
Yes. This one did it. Of all the awful deaths, Sirius' broke me. Completely. And it wasn't the moment when he fell through the veil that pushed me over the edge. It was Harry. I just couldn't handle his pain. The hurt when he started shouting at Dumbledore and throwing stuff and.. My eyes get teary just by thinking about it. I don't know - just the feeling that a boy who had lost so much already, had to lose his last chance at family. 

2. Before I Die by Jenny Downham 
I read this one a couple of years back and I remember more how I felt about it than I remember the actual story. This book is pretty heartbreaking as it is, but I read this book when my best friend was just diagnosed with cancer and well... let's say that was not the best of ideas. Everything felt very personal and relatable and when the girl died, I just couldn't keep it together for a while. The book helped me deal in a lot of ways. 

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Same amount of crying for mostly the same reasons. But I was older when I read this and could put everything in a better perspective. I could distance myself slightly more, but the crying got real ugly all the same. Which is mostly John Green's doing. Hazel and Augustus, obviously, but his harsh realism felt like daggers through my heart. Yet I admire him so much for saying the truth. It is a civil war with a predetermined winner.

4. The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Too many deaths and too much heartbreak. But only one that caused me physical pain. Fred. The battle of Hogwarts was really intense, but no other death made me feel like this one. Tears and tears and tears. Fred died the way he was, in the middle of joke he was making at Percy. And that was not something I handled very well. 

5. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
So maybe you have realized that I'm just a little bit over-invested in this series. My love for it is not rational, at all. And most characters are beyond great, but the way I felt about Sam.. That was something else entirely. I knew he was going to die, maybe that's the reason. But I fell in love with him anyway and when .. it happened. I was inconsolable. HOW COULD SHE DO THAT TO ME? It was so much easier when I had no idea what he was like.

What books made you cry?

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  1. SIRIUS. His death...broke me. It was unexpected and the first real death that mattered in the series, no? Okay, Lily and James died but we never got a connection with them and then Cedric Diggory died but I never thought more of it than just a way to let us readers know that Voldemort meant business and was a very bad guy - but then....Sirius! Oh my. I think I cried for a week, stopped reading for an hour or two when he went through the veil (in denial here) and then, like you said, it fully hit me when Harry returned to Hogwarts and has the conversation with Dumbledore - AND SEES THE MIRROR. ARHGKHDFLHF

    I didn't cry a lot reading The Fault in Our Stars but boy did I weep when I saw the film in the theatre. I think I was the only one sobbing (yes, sobbing) in the whole room and when I couldn't keep it all in any longer, I burst into a very loud sobbing - and the girl next to me started then too cos she must have tried to keep it in and this guy in front of me, kept turning to watch me - I was so heartbroken - and didn't stop crying for hours. I've never cried nor felt so broken at that moment...I even kept crying in the car and all my friends must have thought me crazy. I'm still not sure what happened then but I haven't rewatched the film since then even though I've been wanting to.

    Don't get me started on Deathly Hallows. For the exact reason you mentioned: Fred! She killed all my favorites: James, Remus, Sirius, Fred, Snape. She's so evil.

    1. Oh my god, THAT MIRROR WAS JUST CRUEL. Knowing that ALL of it could have been avoided had Harry just opened the ****** package! But as you say, it was beyond horrible and sometimes I think I'm still in denial. A lot of people keep saying Dobby's death is the one that made them most emotional, and I'm not saying it wasn't a dagger through my heart, but not the way Fred or Sirius' were. It is kind of remarkable how much I mourn Lily and James, considering they've never actually been living characters. I always get a little emotional when Harry is in the graveyard in Godrick's Hollow and I realize fully just how young they were.

      Oh wow, the TFIOS movie. Yes. True sobbing here as well. It's the only movie I've ever cried in public for. But people around me weren't keeping it dry either. Sometimes I wonder why put ourselves through stuff like that..

  2. The Fault In Our Stars was the first book that made me cry. And it was also the book that got me more into contemporary books. ♥

    1. It's ironic really how we all have so much love for a book that caused us so much pain. Such a masterpiece!


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