Top Ten Books that Will Make You Cry
(or more specifically, Books that Made Me Cry)
They are all wonderful stories, so if aren’t familiar with them, check them out by clicking on the title.
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Allegiant (Divergent Series): by Veronica Roth: If you read the Divergent trilogy, then you know why the conclusion to the series made me cry. It made a lot of people cry. Some people wanted to throw the book across the room. But I do think the way Roth tied up the series was appropriate.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: This book stayed with me for days. I was crying even after I finished the last page. This book is one of my favorites—in spite of its ability to pull tears from me, I continue to read it. It’s a beautiful love story!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: A Holocaust story that is Young Adult, but could also be shelved in Adult Fiction, Boyne’s story is heart rending and also refreshing in its perspective.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusack: A World War II novel, you can’t help but cry at various moments in the story of Liesel Meminger’s journey as a book thief. You’ll laugh, but you’ll also cry. That is a guarantee.
The House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton: If you like stories set in a 1920s English country house and secrets, then read this novel by Kate Morton! Love, betrayals, and surprises—it’s all there. But definitely have a tissue box handy.
Sold by Patricia McCormick: This amazing novel in verse exposes the reader to the horrors of human trafficking. This is an issue that is very much present in our culture, and hopefully the book will make readers aware and also drive them to do something. The injustice of what happens to the girl in this book will certainly bring readers to tears.
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) by L.M. Montgomery: Those of us that love Anne Shirley all remember the death of a certain beloved character. The scene in the film makes us cry, but first, there is the scene in the book. No further comment necessary.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: This book is lovely. But there are certain parts that are so difficult to get through. A middle grade award-winning story, I recommend this to just about everyone.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo: This is another toy fantasy that I recommend to any and everyone. The story of a porcelain rabbit who slowly begins to open his heart to relationship with others is heartwarming, realistic, and also heartrending. Keep the tissue box out for this one.
Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) by George Eliot: Maggie and Philip. That’s all I need to say. The ending of this is hard to read, but it’s worth it. Who can resist a George Eliot novel?
There are many books with spiritual themes that are tear jerkers–what books have made you cry recently?? Do tell!