Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Top Ten Books to Make You Bawl!

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Ahhh, here's a Top Ten Tuesday topic I can really get behind. Because I LOVE a book that will make me cry! And I'm really sorry that this reads like a repeat of my fave books from last year, but THESE BOOKS! Amazing.

 

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell is full of believable friendship, loss, devastation, but HOPE, too!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller does a great job representing a deep and abiding young love. 

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett should be required reading for every young, and older, girl. There's a great family story here as well as a wonderful heroine in Tiffany Aching. 

 

Jojo Moyes must have a direct line to my tear ducts because she's on here twice. Both The Girl You Left Behind and Me Before You tore my heart UP at one time or another. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is full of raw honesty and emotion, and experiencing the world through Francie Nolan was a privilege. 

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is beautifully constructed and I got so invested in the characters I ended up sobbing on my couch at 1am. 

Mudboud by Hillary Jordan is full of trial and tribulation. It was devastating at times, but ultimately hopeful as well. 

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness happens to be the most recent of my Ness reading, but everything he writes makes me do the ugly cry. Every book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, plus A Monster Calls.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman crushed me in such a short space. There was one line in particular that left me doing the heaving sob thing. But it was SO GOOD. 

So yeah. If it'll break your heart, I'll eat it up! What are some books that made you cry? 










40 comments:

  1. I've been really wanting to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn lately and knowing that it's a bit of a tearjerker kind of makes me want to read it more ;)

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    1. Do not pass go! Do not collect $200! Proceed directly to Francie Nolan... And bring kleenex!

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    2. Yes, Shannon! And Katie! It's sooo good!

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  2. The Book Thief, Odd Thomas, and Every Last One (Quindlen). I'm working on my list for a future post.

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    1. And I wouldn't have thought of Odd Thomas. I know you loved that one. I really need to give it a try.

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  3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn made me cry too, but I'm really not a good example because almost every book I read makes me cry! I will name one novel anyway because I'm sure this one would make many people cry: The Bluest Eye. Such a wonderful novel but so emotional...

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    1. LOL, some make me cry and some make me CRY. There were bits of A Tree Grows that definitely turned me into a mess. The Bluest Eye was another one that got to me.

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  4. Five of your list of ten is already on my list. Hopefully soon I will know why you like them so much.

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    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy them when you get 'round to them!

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  5. Great list! We have some in common :D I have a few I need to look into. Yay!

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    1. I saw your list on the run this morning. Great picks! Go Ness!

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  6. The Sparrow has been languishing on my TBR since you raved about it! There are soooo many good ones on this list. (How did I leave Song of Achilles off mine?! I was a wreck at the end of that!)

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    1. Haha! I hope you decide to tackle The Sparrow soon. I neeeeed to know what you think.

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  7. The Fault in our Stars made me shed tears.. I did for Owen too. I don't remember shedding any tears over A Tree Grows in Brooklyn though. I cry over weird stuff though.

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    1. I have TFiOS on my Kindle app, and I know it's going to slay me.

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    2. It isn't a tear jerker, it's a tear pourer! Not only did I cry when I finished it, I burst into tears 3 hours later when my husband came home from work!

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  8. I've read 2 of those and they both made me cry. I'm with Ti - The Fault in Our Stars made me sob!!

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    1. It's gonna get me, too, I'm sure.

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  9. Yep, A Prayer for Owen Meany gets me every time. I haven't read Gaiman's book yet and it was already on my list, but this just bumped it up.

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    1. Yay for bumping up the Neil Gaiman!

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  10. Wait, Wee Free Men made you cry? I adore Tiffany, have read all of the books but I can't fathom what made you cry. Or is it laughing so hard you cry? 'Cause that I get.

    I had a terrible time with this top ten because I want to read book that make me feel better, not worse (I do environmental and forensic work - I don't need extra angst).

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    1. Elisa, thanks for stopping by! In The Wee Free Men it was the part where she saw "a certain family member" again.

      And I find that these "make me cry" books are quite cathartic. They don't make me feel bad because I love a book that can involve me emotionally to the point of tears...or laughter. :)

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    2. Ah - gotcha. I understand that. I'm still not into cathartic cries but I certainly understand.

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  11. I like this topic. The ending of A Monsters Calls made me cry like a baby. I don't remember crying while reading Song of Achilles but I probably did. ;-)

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    1. OMGosh. Monster killed me. Killed!

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  12. I didn't cry when I finished The Sparrow because I actually felt such a profound horror and grief... it felt too real, I think? That sounds so extreme! But I can't even describe how I felt.

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  13. Monsters of Men most definitely. And A Monster Calls; I actually cried in public with that one.

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  14. You are SO right about Song of Achilles and Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Haven't read Jo Jo Moyes yet. (What am I waiting for - I know.

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  15. Oh yes, I've got some of these on my list too! I see Me Before You has made it on a lot of lists. Great choices, Andi!

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  16. 2nd list I've found The Sparrow on - looks like I've got a good cry coming up soon!

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  17. SO MANY BOOKS THAT I WANT! I love to read emotional books. Why? I don't know, but this list is giving me all sorts of ideas.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my top 5 faves of ALL TIME. Brilliant

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  18. I think I would have done better to read Ocean. I liked it and loved Gaiman's narration, but I didn't LOVE the book. Boo. I do have Song of Achilles to look forward to!

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  19. This is the second TTT tearjerker list I've seen Me Before You on! Makes me want to read it next, but I've got to get to Divergent first! Anticipation! The Book Thief and anything Jodi Picoult is pretty heartbreaking.

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  20. I really must read Jojo Moyes!!!

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  21. Man, I NEED to read The Sparrow. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a great choice!

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  22. I love your list. I definitely agree with Me Before You. That was by far my ugliest cry ever. I would add The Fault in Our Stars, of course. I really need to read The Sparrow. It is one of those I really want to get to but never seem to choose it when I have some free reading.

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  23. I have not read a single book on this list! My ugliest recent cry probably came from Tell the Wolves I'm Home.

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  24. I'll make sure to keep tissues handy when I get to the Moyes books!

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  25. Song of Achilles made me cry so hard. And Ness ALWAYS makes me ugly cry. Just started the Knife of Never Letting Go - finally feeling emotionally ready for it!

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  26. Well, I guess you know that I'm going to agree with one of these. :) and :( A Prayer for Owen Meany, absolutely one of my all-time favorite books, if not my all-time favorite book. Amazingly good cry too.

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