Books to Make You Bawl {Top Ten Tuesday}

Posted February 4, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 34 Comments

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books that will make you cry. So I listed SEVEN books that either made me cry or at least get a little misty-eyed. 

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Deathly Hallows

cry level: The cry of anguish

more dean crying

If you don’t cry a little bit at the last Harry Potter book, especially if you grew up with them, I will accuse you of making a horocrux because HOW do you have an intact soul?

2. All Our Yesterdays

All Our yesterdays

cry level: Just a little mist

10th doctor crying

I just barely cried at All Our Yesterdays, but I have to admit I misted up a little! THE END OF THIS BOOK! My heart was so, so shattered and I was just. . . sad.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay

Cry level: My shoulders are moving with the force of my sobs

I bawled like a baby with this book. I’m not sure why, but out of all the sad books I’ve read, this one definitely hit me the hardest. I think I just saw a lot of myself in Mia, so it was heartbreaking to watch everything she had to go through. I really loved Mia’s quiet strength throughout this book.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the book thief

cry level: Just a twig or a branch


I didn’t cry the first time I read this book, but I definitely got a few tears upon re-reading, many years later. The movie made me cry too.

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

cry level: There isn’t a bucket in the world big enough to hold my tears

misha crying

I can’t even really begin to describe how much this book means to me. It hit me in a very personal way and gave me a lot of emotional release I didn’t even know I needed.

6. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt Rifka


cry level: A slight mist

I wasn’t a huge crier at this book, but I definitely came close. Again, a very beautifully written book with lots of sad parts, though it’s also a very well-done coming of age tale.

7. Winger by Andrew Smith


cry level: The mood whiplash, laugh-cry

Andrew Smith, what have you done to me? I go from laughing one page to crying the next. MOOD WHIPLASH.



34 responses to “Books to Make You Bawl {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Ahaha I love your cry meter – perfection!

    I definitely shed a few tears over HP – which made it on to almost every list I’ve seen! And If I Stay; ugh, so many feels!!

  2. Still need to read All Our Yesterdays I guess. If I Stay was sad, not in a crying way but in a “this is literally the worst, what is going to happen here” kind of way. There was no way for her to wake up happy! That book made me anguished for an entire day.

    YOU LADY are freaking me the heck out about Patrick Ness! My feels are so sensitive! He’s going to break them isn’t he?!

    • stormydawnc

      ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. It’s a fantastic time travel system. Out of all the YA time travel books I’ve read (Ruby Red, Hourglass, etc.) All Our Yesterdays did it the best. It was also the most science fiction-y. Yes, anguish. if I Stay.

      YUP. MY EYES ARE NEVER DRY WHEN READING HIS BOOKS. I did not NOT cry when reading More Than This though, for the record(but there were sad parts!!). A Monster Calls is the only really *sad* one I think. The Chaos Walking trilogy is just mess-with-your-feels. It’s not outright sorrow. . . if that’s a consolation.

  3. A Monster Calls has been on a few lists today – I think I’ll need to add that one to my TBR list! For some reason, I wasn’t a huge fan of If I Stay – but I think I was the only one – and I’m almost certain that I still cried like a baby during it. 🙂 I’m pretty sure I teared up at All Our Yesterdays too, but I didn’t put it on my list. I’m a big crier, so tearing up just didn’t make the cut!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • stormydawnc

      Ah, A Monster Calls is AMAZING!! It’s a top 10 book of all time for me, I think. I don’t cry at books *too* easily, so I had to grasp a little for some of these. All Our Yesterdays wasn’t a huge crying book or anything, but by the end my eyes were a little misty.

    • stormydawnc

      I just remember crying like a baby while reading If I Stay! A Monster Calls is beautiful! It’s sad, but it reminds me of a Book Thief-like sadness. It’s beautiful AND sad.

  4. Oh, look at David Tennant standing in the rain. I love him so.

    I cried so much in HP7, and I cried throughout the novel, whereas in books 5 and 6 I cried at the end. However, if I’m just talking about the book (and not how I felt about finishing the final HP book) I think Harry Potter 5 is the saddiest. For me anyway. Harry’s reaction at the end. It’s so hard to deal with.

    • stormydawnc

      Yup! That 10 gif gets me every time.

      HP5 is the saddest *book* for me too! I cry more at 7 not so much of the content(though that’s part of it), but because it’s just the end of the series and it makes me sad, especially the first time I read it.

    • stormydawnc

      Tell the Wolves I’m Home is just such a beautiful sad book in sort of an understated way, I think. It could never make me bawl, but there was something about it that just brought a few tears to my eyes by the end.

  5. UGH, I need to read A Monster Calls! Also Winger. I’ve been hearing so much about that one lately!! Just knowing it brings the feels makes me want to read it.

    • stormydawnc

      Oh my goodness Nikki, I think A Monster Calls is my favorite Patrick Ness book. Definitely pick up the illustrated book–it’s BEAUTIFUL. Really, really stunning.

  6. Your tears-scale and the accompanying gifs made me laugh so much! Very descriptive. 😀 If I Stay and The Book Thief were on my list too, and thinking about it, both made me cry because of the quiet strength of the main characters. I always root for characters like that, who are so resolved in the face of fear and danger, and I can’t help but bawl when things don’t go right for them.

    • stormydawnc

      Haha, I had to lighten the mood of this Top Ten Tuesday somehow! I was trying to get a gif for each one but I had very specific ones in mind that I couldn’t find.
      Yup, I think resolved characters make me cry even MORE. I’ll cry for other ones too, but there’s just something about characters that are so quietly determined that make me want to make everything all right for them.

    • stormydawnc

      I know! I was going to do this post with a LOT more Supernatural crying gifs but I just couldn’t! Too many emotions. I even looked up the Dean Winchester crying tag on Tumblr, which was a sad, sad occasion.

  7. Love the various kinds of crying in your list! 🙂 And I swear Harry Potter was on all of our lists today… we were just raised by that generation of Hogwarts! Great list. 🙂

    • stormydawnc

      I cried more at HP7 because the story was over more than anything in the book(though there was plenty to cry over in the book too!).

  8. Haha I love that you included cry levels!! If I Stay! Ah. that book kind of killed me but it got easier to read the second time. I think I actually cried more in Where She Went because ADAM.
    HP of course! That was such a shock when I first read it and it still gets me every time.

    • stormydawnc

      Haha, I had to differentiate between the books that made me SOB and the books that just made me CRY. Important distinction, of course.
      I didn’t cry at Where She Went at all(not the biggest fan), but oh, Mia in If I Stay. . .

        • stormydawnc

          I LIKED IT MORE THAN JUST ONE DAY!!! That counts for something, right? Haha. I did like it! I just didn’t LOVE it like I did If I Stay.

          • Hahaha okay, okay! I’ll give you that 🙂 I totally understand! They’re really VERY different books, If I Stay and Where She Went. I just fell in love with Adam and I felt so emotional reading his side of the story!

    • stormydawnc

      I didn’t cry at book 4, but from 5 onward I cried at least once! I cried mostly at book 7 because the series was coming to an end, but I think I was overall saddest in book 5. Sirius!

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