Friday, January 30, 2009

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A good cry every now and again can be a great release... I get some perverse pleasure out of watching Titanic, even though I know that I will spend the last half hour of the film bawling my eyes out... and will continue weeping for another half hour after it's finished.

Unless you're particularly emotional, it takes a good book to bring you to tears. You have to be able to really connect with the character's and sympathize with them to become emotionally involved to the point of crying. (I know a lot of people who cried in Harry Potter 7... honestly I think I was a bit confused and emotionally detached when I read that one, didn't shed a tear).

So what are some books that have made me cry?

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
The ending was so tragic, I wept. Granted, I was quite young when I read this for the first time and didn't cry at all on the reread. But oh, it was so sad!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Such a beautiful story... but a very tragic one. It's established right from the onset that it's going to be a sad, teary book. Lots of tears from me!

Through A Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
When I read this book, I enjoyed the ideas but sometimes found myself a bit bored. I was actually incredibly shocked with myself after reading the final sentence. Suddenly everything just clicked and I cried and cried... and cried :(

Obviously, different things are going to set different people off. What books make you cry? Ever read a book that people have told you is really sad and just didn't feel it?


  1. My first cry was Charlotte's Web. I was eight. I bawled.

    More recently, The Red Tent. It wasn't that it was a particularly tragic ending, it was more of a beautiful release.

    I love when a book makes me cry. I haven't yet read The Amber Spyglass (although I have it). Your post makes me want to run out to buy a box of Kleenex and start reading it right away!

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  3. The most recent one was Looking for Alaska by John Green that made me cry, and I don't cry with books.

  4. Yes, even though The Book Thief is told from the perspective of the grim reaper and there is obvious foreshadowing of tragedy to come, how much I cried. I DON't cry with books (do we all say that?) but I truly cried with this book... it was so fantastically heart-wrenching. I loved it. Absolute beauty.

  5. I sobbed my eyes out through the whole of Part Ten of The Book Thief. And I mean uncontrollable sobs.

    That's the only book I've ever properly cried at, and it was amazing and heartbreaking.

  6. Kimberly - I don't remember if I cried during Charlotte's Web. But now you've said that I remember losing it when I read the Velvetine Rabbit.

    Genevieve - I haven't read that yet.. but now I definitley will :)

  7. Ohh, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult made me sob! It's so sad, but I love the book so much.

  8. Oh yes! I cried in My Sister's Keeper as well! :(

  9. The Book Thief made me cry like a baby. I was sobbing.

  10. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix made me cry like a baby the first 4-5 times I read it. Bridge to Terabithia made me too. The first time when I read it in the sixth grade, and again when I re-read it in the 11th. :(

  11. Hey Lisa! Harry Potter Six made me sob at the end! As Well as Chasing Redbird By Sharon Creech! I am in 7th grade, and most books make me cry! I LOVE your blog!Most books by Sharon Creech have made me tear up at some point!

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  13. The only book that I've actually cried for is the Book Thief. The story was beautifully written. One of the best books ever!

  14. The book thief made me cry to the point I thought I would never recover. The descriptions of Liesel walking through the obliterated Himmel street combined with death's description of Rudy got me somewhere very tender and I open sobbed. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading the end on public transport...

  15. Read "Living Dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott. Just plain heartbreaking.
    More tear-jerking novels include Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (the movie also makes me bawl), The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna L. Bannister, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, Why Did She Have to Die by Lurlene McDaniel, and anything else by Nicholas Sparks or Lurlene McDaniel.
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