Books That (Miraculously) Made Me Cry

Some people are normal, and cry when a book is sad.

Some people (a.k.a. me) are monsters and never cry over books. Actually, I cry all the time, but for some reason I rarely cry over books. In fact, I can count on one hand the number books and movies COMBINED that have made me cry.

Just in case you haven’t been convinced of my evilness, I once burst into laughter when a book character died. True story. My sister can attest to this. I LAUGHED LOUDLY for five minutes.

FIVE MINUTES. And you wonder why I call myself a monster…

But sometimes I have emotions!! (Besides daydreaming. That is totally an emotion.) So I have compiled a list of books that have made me either 1) choke up and have that prickle-behind-your-eyes feeling or 2) actually, through some miraculous sorcery, summoned tears.

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        Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

Gullstruck Island

No, I didn’t actually cry, but I definitely felt emotional! And my nose and eyes felt weird, and I think that has something to do with potential tears?? Don’t ask me, I have no experience.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I got emotional, but again, no actual tears. AND NO, I did NOT almost cry at that ONE part when that ONE character DIED ( I was happy because it made for great plot development and even greater character development, and apparently I am more of a soulless monster than I thought. Ahem.)

Instead, I “cried” because I could no longer handle the sheer beauty of this world and my precious Kaz Brekker.

I also felt weepy when I first held this beautiful book in my hands.

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo SongAnother tearless cry that TOTALLY counts as crying. Because I felt emotions. But they were sweet and tender emotions!!

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass

I think I almost felt tears during this one?? Maybe?? It was close. SO close. But I came even closer when I saw this cover because DO YOU SEE THE LOVELY.

I really should read more Frances Hardinge. Clearly there’s a pattern here.

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      The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season

This is where the true feels come. And we’re getting closer!! I felt wetness on my eyelashes. I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN AN ACTUAL TEAR.

Also, this book tore my heart out and stomped on it, so who needs tears anyway when you are too busy cursing this book whilst simultaneously praising the author’s genius??

                       Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Keturah and Lord Death

THERE WERE ACTUAL TEARS. REALLY. And this is one of the books I have read approximately ten times, and I think I cried the last two. So I’m making progress.

Plus, again with the heart-shredding!?!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

More actual tears!! Yay!! But really, this book is emotionally brutal. Why must Jodi Lynn Anderson torture me?!?

Also, when may I have more??

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


THIS is when things start getting serious. I read this book and not only did it TEAR my heart out, it proceeded to SHRED it into TINY LITTLE PIECES and STOMP ON IT FOR ALL ETERNITY.


I read this book, and when THAT ONE SCENE happened (*wails*) I had NO happiness due to plot/character development. Instead, I proceeded to start sobbing. Literally. I sobbed (as in tears running down my face and nose running and entire body shaking with the force of a thousand miserable earthquakes) for an hour.

                     Then I wept mournfully for another two.

                    I also didn’t smile for a week so THAT is dedication.

         And yet, for some reason,  I’m impatient to read it again.

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Are you a crier?? Do books/movies succeed in making you cry?? Or are you a mostly heartless monster like me who only has eight books on her made-me-(almost)-cry list??

28 thoughts on “Books That (Miraculously) Made Me Cry

  1. Well now I am super curious to know which character’s death made you laugh for five minutes straight, ahahah 🙂
    Unlike you, I cry A LOT while reading books and watching movies ahah, I’m way too emotional when it comes to this. Also, I haven’t read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom either….I think I might be very late to this hyped train hahaha.

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    CK was sad! But I only teared up. (I agree with plot/character development though.) And I need to read Heartless!

    Books I’ve cried over: HP and the Order of the Phoenix, Fever 1973, Allegiant, and The Midnight Star.

    Bookd I’ve teared up at: CK, Champion, The Serpent King, ACOL.

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    1. AHAHA it’s a secret 😉
      You do need to read Heartless!! It’s lovely.
      I’ve read a couple of those, but they didn’t make me sad. I’ve been meaning to read Fever 1793 since forever. I really need to…

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  3. CLEARLY Frances Hardinge brings some emotions out of you! I’m sensing a trend 😉
    Once upon a time, I cried in, like, every single book I read. That was an interesting time in my life because it’s been A LONG TIME SINCE I’VE DONE THAT. I still cry at a bunch of movies though. I will, without fail, cry every single fracken time I watch Perks of Being a Wallflower which, admittedly, I watch WAY TOO OFTEN. Oh, and titanic because baby leo.
    You are not a soulless monster, you just have injured your tear ducts 😛
    Also, I think I was crying so much when I was reading books at that one point in my life or whatever because I was in high school and ALL I WAS WAS A BALL OF INFINITELY INTENSE EMOTIONS APPARENTLY. Oh, I was like that in middle school. I was a whirlwind of emo trouble!! 😅

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    1. I know. She really needs to write more BOOKS.
      LEOOOO :'(. I really do. Clearly they need to be repaired. That’s so interesting that you cry less now!! I’ve found that I cry more over things like this as I get older. I read all these books in the past year!
      HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE THE WORST. That is all. I don’t think I’ve recovered from the trauma xD.

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  4. Read “A List of Cages”. You will cry. Even in your soulless monster state. 😉
    Did you cry at the beginning of UP? Because if you didn’t, you really are a soulless monster!

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  5. Wow! I didn’t know you were so soulless! (although I think it’s actually just tearless in my opinion, big difference) 😉 Also, it’s pretty obvious I cry about everything, commercials, TV shows, movies, books, jokes… you name it, I’ve got tears for it!😢

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  6. YES OMG. I’m the same way – I barely cry when I read books but Tiger Lily and Crooked Kingdom were two of the only books I can remember crying at. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  7. I used to cry a lot in books – but only when characters die, but my crying has gotten much less frequent as I’ve read more and more. BUT, I no longer cry on character deaths (except when it’s a series and I loved the character), but rather when relationships fall apart or children are sad, lmaooo. I’m a wuss when it comes to kids! Which reminds me, A List of Cages made me weep for days! (Also, how could you NOT cry when a certain someone passed in Crooked Kingdom?! I SOBBED.)

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Interesting!! I’m the opposite – I cry way more now than I used to, and only when people die or things are really bittersweet.
      A friend just told me to read Cages, so I’ll have to try it!
      Because I am evil ;).

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  8. *raises hand* I AM A HEARTLESS MONSTER. I AM. I actually laugh all through sad movies…I think also it’s just my natural response? If I have an emotion (like any emotion) I just end up laughing because that’s the only way I express it.😂 I have problems. I KNOW.
    So no book has ever made me full on cry, but I have slightly misted up over The Serpent King and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ❤

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    1. I laugh when things are cheesy sad or emotionally manipulative, so I definitely get you!! But that’s really interesting!
      I haven’t read either of those, but now I want to because I weirdly enjoy when books make me sad. I have problems too. It just means they’re good, right? 😀 xD.

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  9. Typically it takes me a lot to tear up in real life but the sappy, romantic scenes and deaths of characters in books do terrible things to me, haha. I did shed a few tears over Crooked Kingdom for obvious reasons. And a book that made ugly sob was A Little Life. That one just induced a rollercoaster of emotions. :’)


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