Top Ten Tuesday – There Were Tears

Posted February 3, 2014 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So seriously, this was the hardest Top Ten Tuesday ever. I am not a crier. All of those lists consisting of “Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry” make me feel completely heartless because I didn’t cry at Bridge to Terabithia or Love Story or Night (although I was far too astounded to produce tears with that one) or even Where the Red Fern Grows.

Totally. I blame the internet. But really, I can only come up with 5 so there’s that at least.

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks {Purchase}
This is the first book I can remember crying over. I was probably around 13/14 years old and I had stayed up late to finish and remember crying so hard tears were filling up inside my ears. I’m really tempted to do a re-read to see if my older and more jaded self would still respond the same.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien {Purchase – My Review}
This was such an amazing story of a woman and the incredible bond she developed with a barn owl named Wesley. Not the most well written novel but completely unforgettable.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness {Purchase}
Gah this book. I listened to the audio which was incredible. But it was sad. Because, reasons. View Spoiler »

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein {PurchaseMy Review}
This one completely took me by surprise. I wasn’t the hugest fan of this novel as most readers were but I loved seeing a different take on normal WWII stories. “KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!” *SOBS*

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak {PurchaseMy Review}
My kid was reading this for his English class so I decided to finally pick it up as well. I listened to the audio and I think that’s why this generated so much emotion with me because when the sad stuff happened the narrator wasn’t just retelling the story she was reenacting it and it was brutal on my emotions.

So what books have you read that have wreaked havoc on your emotions? I’d love to know. Maybe I can find a few more to add to this list. Leave a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!



16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – There Were Tears

  1. I’m really not a crier, but I swear Nicholas Sparks lives to make people cry. Jodi Picoult, too. I won’t read them anymore, I didn’t like them that much to begin with, but I don’t like when authors set out to manipulate you emotions (versus building great characters and storylines).

    I’m now intrigued by Code Name Verity, heretofore I really have not been…

    The Book Thief. It’s going to happen for me this year.
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  2. Code Name Verity is on my list this week too, and if I’d thought of it, I would have included The Book Thief as well. I think you’ve hit upon a great topic for a future TTT — books that made me cry when I was 13! My list would look really different if I thought about my pre-teen to early-teen teary books. 🙂 I still need to read The Knife of Letting Go… this year, I swear!
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  3. Crini

    The Knife of Never Letting Go definitely deserves that spot on your list. Patrick Ness can be really mean. I put Monsters of Men on my list because that ending nearly killed me.

    I wish I wouldn’t cry over books that much. I never feel comfortable reading books in public 😀
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  4. Haha dude I am so like you! I don,T even think I have 10 books that made me tear up, and I KNOW I don’t have that many that made me cry if any at all. I’m just not a crier when it comes to fiction. I am a bit more sensitive since I had my kid when it comes to kid situations like books about a mother grieving etc. But anyways, I’ve been listening to the Knife of Never Letting Go. It’s slow growing bc I don’t have much time for audiobooks lately but I’m really liking it! It’s so weird!
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  5. Nah… you aren’t a heartless bastard. I seldom cry when reading books and I purposely don’t set out to read those emotional tear jerkers. Life is too short for downers. I do still need to read the Book Thief. Two books though that did make me tear up as a kid were Charlotte’s Web and Where the Red Fern Grows. Sparks Notebook was one that got me as an adult, but I have never sat and sobbed after reading a book.
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  6. Don’t feel bad – I rarely cry while reading books as well. Even CNV. That one did affect me on an emotional level and I was SUPER upset with that scene, but all it did was make my eyes water a little. Or The Book Thief. Geez, I really do sound heartless haha. I like to think of it as I don’t choose to read many books that are super depressing. I definitely do need to read The Knife of Never Letting Go – I guess I should emotionally prepare myself for that read!
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