Top Ten Books That Made ME Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s TTT topic is actually “Top Ten Books That Will Make YOU Cry” but since I don’t read many extremely sad books, I thought I would change the topic a bit.  I’m going to list books that made me cry, personally, but they may or may not make someone else teary-eyed.  I actually cry while reading very easily, which is probably part of the reason why I don’t read very sad books.  Anyway, let’s get on with the list.

In no particular order . . .


1.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
This is the Harry Potter book that I find the most heart wrenching.  Certainly Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are sad, too, and I cried buckets while reading those.  But there is something about this book that tears my heart in two more than any other Harry Potter novel.  I just can’t handle the death in this book.

2.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
If you’ve read this, I think you know why I cried buckets here.  And if you haven’t read it . . . well, now’s the perfect time.

3.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I even get teary-eyed watching the movie trailer.

4.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I can’t even.  Poor Clay.  And Hannah.

5.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I didn’t cry buckets or anything, but I think this is a really emotional read.  And at the end, with Park . . .

6.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I didn’t ugly sob while reading this book, either, but a few tears definitely made appearances throughout the novel.

7.  The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
I listened to this via audiobook, but I was still weeping while I was driving on the Thruway.

8.  Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This isn’t a heart-wrenching read, but there were a few scenes that brought tears to my eyes.  But I also laughed a lot while reading this book.  I highly recommend this.

9.  The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
This is more a quietly-tears-run-down-you-cheeks book.  Kate DiCamillo sure knows how to pull the heart strings.

10.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I finished this Saturday evening, and I am still thinking about it.  There are a few scenes that twisted my heart.  Even one that I knew was coming, and it still made me cry.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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28 Responses to Top Ten Books That Made ME Cry

  1. Leydy says:

    I really need to read Code Name Verity!!

    Check our TTT

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  2. Thirteen Reasons Why was my next book I could have added! SO POWERFUL! Oh my gosh! Great list! I have a few of the same! 🙂

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    Wow. I can’t wait to read Thirteen Reasons Why. It’s on my radar for sure. Great list!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one with The Golden Compass on their list! I’m not sure everyone cried reading that, but I BAWLED. (I still do. I reread this trilogy a lot haha) And I totally agree – OotP has the hardest death for me. I was so shocked and angry and OH MY GOD when that happened. It’s just not fair! It’s always my favourite characters. I have a curse. Although in Rowling’s case there weren’t a lot of characters left by the end of it 😦

  5. Great list! The Golden Compass books were really emotional for me. I also shed way too many tears during several of the Harry Potter books. And I shed just as many tears with each reread.

  6. Lucy says:

    Speak and Thirteen Reasons Why got to me too. Oh, and Wonder! Fab list of tear jerkers.

  7. The death in HP & the Order of the Phoenix hurt my heart too. That was my favorite character. But I cried harder in the Half-Blood Prince because that character was SUCH a surprise death!! And I was all “how much more can Harry take??????”. TFIOS and Thirteen Reasons Why totally made my list too. And I totally cried during Speak. Great book!!

    My TTT

  8. Melinda says:

    I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I’m definitely going to read The Fault in Our Stars!

  9. Christina says:

    Great list! TFiOS is on my list as well and HP of course! Would you believe I still need to read Speak? It’s been on my shelf forever. I also really loved Girl of Fire and Thorns…I just read it this past Fall…can’t wait to continue with the series.

  10. I did not cry while reading Speak, but I can definitely understand why it would cause tears. I actually chose another LHA book for my list today, Wintergirls. Such a heartbreaking story.

  11. Liesel Hill says:

    Harry Potter made my list, too. I’m hoping to read The Fault in Our Stars, Code Name Verity, and Girl of Fire and Thorns this year. The Tiger Rising looks interesting. I”ll have to check it out. 😀 Great list!

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  12. Julie S. says:

    Great list! TFIOS and Wonder made my list as well 🙂

  13. crini says:

    Wonder is such an amazing story! Can’t remember if that one made me cry but wouldn’t suprise me if it did 😀

    I haven’t read The Girl of Fire and Thorns yet but I definitely want to, especially now that you put it on this list 😀

  14. Code Name Verity, Speak, and Eleanor & Park are all on my TBR shelf! I’ll have to remember to get the tissues out for those. I definitely cried during the last Harry Potter book…forgot to add that to my list, though! And obviously The Fault in Our Stars is on my list as well. SO MANY TEARS!

  15. Great list! HP5, 6 & 7 all make me cry, but it’s HP7 that has me sobbing almost consistently throughout. I love His Dark Materials and The Amber Spyglass still gets me emotional every time I reread it. My TTT 🙂

  16. Megan says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Winger is just so fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is waiting very patiently on my Nook. I really must read it!

  17. Marina G says:

    Code Name Verity and Speak were both on my list too. Code Name Verity, in particular, seems to be making the rounds this Tuesday–which I think is pretty well-deserved…

  18. I still need to read The Golden Compass series, but I will be prepared now. I have a copy of Girl of Fire and Thorns…I think I’ll move that up my queue. Oh my gosh…the death in OoTP almost destroyed me. I wasn’t expecting it and I read the rest of the book in a fog. Thanks for sharing!

  19. The Fault In Our Stars and Girl of Fire and Thorns are very popular this week! I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars and I definitely have to agree that it was sad. These are some great choices! Here’s my TTT: Happy Reading! 🙂

  20. Fabulous list. I’m going to check out that Kate DiCamillo book. My daughter LOVED Flora & Ulysses and now wants to read all of her books.

  21. Maria says:

    Wonder!!! why did I miss that on my list? I love August 🙂 and the cries I have with him, wow.

    • Quinn says:

      I know! I love August too. And that part where he asks his mom if he’s always going to be ugly. Can you imagine being his mother? But August is wonderful. Now I want to re-read Wonder.

  22. Rimsha Salam says:

    Great list I have read thirteen reasons why, Girl of fire and thornes and the fault in our stars fabulous books <3. Now I am going to try Elanor and Park, wonder, and speak.

  23. I just read Code Name Verity for the first time a few weeks ago, and it killed me! I don’t think any other book has made me cry that much!! Great list! Hope you’re having a fab week!! 😉

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

    • Quinn says:

      I know! That book. That part towards the end when Maddie has to make that difficult decision. Even now, months afterwards, I’m getting teary-eyed. I can’t imagine having to make such a decision.

  24. I read this story about John Green yesterday and thought I’d share. A funny thing JG mentions is his original ending for FIOS included a road trip and battle involving narco-terrorists in Mexico!,0,6780612.story#axzz2tcBiwIdG

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