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July 18, 2013

TQOTD - Which book made you cry?

Okay, so we all know that TV shows and movies make us cry all the time (or am I in this alone??) I will admit I even cried during the beginning of Up and the ending of Tangled - when did they start making children movies so emotional anyway? But what about books?

I’m an emotional gal, so here’s my question of the day: Which book or passage made you genuinely cry while reading it?

I received The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger randomly. I was not fully prepared for this book! I can’t tell you how many times I blubbered in tears (maybe I AM that much of a wuss?) There are moments so sad, I couldn’t help it.

A new favorite book of mine is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. When I read it last year, there was a single scene that left me sobbing like a baby on the bus. Without being too graphic, a Chinese woman allows horrible things to happen to her to prevent them from happening to her daughter who bore witness to it. As they held hands and she lay slowly dying she said “It was my honor to save you." I can’t even talk about it without crying.

Well, now you know what gets me.. how about you??



  1. "Love, Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli. The letter where Stargirl asked Leo what he had done with her heart and had he misplaced it? Well, it's out of context, and paraphrased, and you have to read it. But that's what got me.

  2. Time Traveler's Wife, Pushing the Limits, Sisterhood Everlasting are the ones that really stuck out to me when I was crying.

  3. On Jellicoe Road. That book is gut wrenching, heartbreaking, and amazing.

  4. I love books that make me feel something, but the only book I remember really crying while reading was a book by Karin Slaughter. I cried buckets and they were not good tears. i just read Making It Last by Ruthie Knox. I didn't cry, but my heart hurt through most of the book. I loved how it ended tho.

  5. The book that made me cry the most recently, and it was a while back, was Clockwork Princess, I had like big fat tears falling onto the eReader!

  6. The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles & In The Stillness by Andrea Randall.

  7. The last four chapters of Losing Hope had me in a mess. I broke down at the dinner table telling my family about Hope and Holder and then later talking on FaceTime with my sister. Cray cray, I still get emotional thinking about it!

  8. I tend to avoid books that I KNOW will make me cry, as crying sets off my migraines. However, I've been surprised by sudden "OMG my favorite character is about to die" type scenes in YA novels, like every Cassandra Clare novel that I've read so far, and the Patrick Ness "Chaos Walking" series.

  9. Hunted by Kevin Hearne OMG! I bawled like a baby when Atticus died.

  10. The Fault in Our Stars. I've read a lot of gut wrenching books, but that is the only one that has ever made me actually cry.

  11. I think I am one of the few that doesn't cry at books or movies, almost ever.... but I do remember the closest I probably came was reading Bridge To Teribithia when I was 9.

  12. I'm one of the few that doesn't cry, really ever, at books and movies, but I do remember being pretty emotional reading Bridge To Teribithia when I was 9. That's as close as I ever came, but to this day, that book remains one of my absolute favorites from childhood.

  13. i have several. I need to make that a shelf on my goodreads, so I can go back for them. Love it when an author can get that emotion from you.

  14. Two books come to mind:

    ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
    GATES OF FIRE by Steven Pressfield (the scene where you finally learn how the 300 Spartans were chosen is so damn powerful)


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