Five Books That Made Me Cry and Why

Five. Why is it that whenever I list a number of things in a post, it’s five? Seriously, I’m not planning it this way guys. Perhaps five is simply an attainable number both when writing lists and reading them.

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Arguably one of most wonderful things a book can do for you is make you cry. Of course, it’s not the most wonderful emotion, as crying  tears of joy or tear of sadness hurts and is often connected to a life-changing event… but it’s so raw. There is a certain sense of connection felt when you cry over something.

And if you’ve managed to cry over a hunk of pages, no doubt something is happening there. What is it that makes us cry over cut paper with words on it?

Let’s discuss that. Some people rarely cry over books. Some people cry over every book they read. It’s a personality thing, and I’m somewhere in the middle.

I thought it would be fun to list out five of the books that made me cry, and then we can look at the common threads that forced tears from my eyes and emotion from my chest.

As a fair warning, however, this post does contain slight spoilers for some of these books. I’ll make sure to list the title beforehand, thought, so you can check to see if you’ve read it or not. I hate spoilers, too.

I’ll count down from how hard I cried over each book (it can’t get lamer than that, folks)

5. Siren’s Song by Mary Weber


This book was oh so difficult to get through. Although it’s the third in a trilogy and has tons of drama and plot twists and a huge ticking bomb, I wasn’t motivated to finish.

…until, that is, the end. The battlefield. Myles. Nymia nearly dying. Okay, so I seriously thought she was dead. This is the twenty first century and, well, sometimes the main character dies after you spend three books trotting around with them.

That whole scene tugged at me. I couldn’t help but thing of the future she was sacrificing, the happiness, peace, …Eogan…

4. Resist by Emily Ann Putzke

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You might not be familiar with this one, but Resist tells the story of the White Rose Resistance. They were a group of German college students that stood up to the Nazis during World War II by writing pamphlets, and in the end, paid the ultimate price.

I knew it was coming. It was so obvious what was coming, and I’d known about the White Rose before reading this book but yes still… I cried.

You know what did it? This quote from Sophie Scholl, brother to one of the main pamphlet writers:

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I highly, highly recommend this book, by the way. You can get it here. And that’s not an affiliate link.

3. A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

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I got weepy at times throughout the series (and yes, the first book… Jude…*sigh*) But after traipsing across the globe, bearing their struggles with them and the ENDING, I sobbed. It was over. It was so good.

2.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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I remember a long, long time ago, when I was a wee thing of eleven or twelve, sitting in the  top of my bunk bed reading. What was I reading, you ask, that made me cry? the Deathly Hallows.

For the third or fourth time.

I feel more okay about spoiling this one, since it’s Harry Potter, but beware: spoilers ahead.

Do you remember when Harry goes into the Forbidden Forest, opens the darn snitch and finds the resurrection stone and all of the ‘ghosts,’ come out? MY HEART. He talks to Sirius, to Lupin… all these people who died too soon, who still had lives ahead of them. All these people who had been in Harry’s lives and thoughts for all these years… and Lupin was going to have a son to raise…

My heart. I remember tears streaming down my cheeks and just soaking in that the sadness…

only to have my mother walk in and me have to explain that I was alright, that I was just reading this Harry Potter book again and it was making me wonderfully sad.

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1.Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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This may seem like a odd choice, seeing as the brick is over a thousand pages long. How could you cry at a book that’s over a thousand pages long?!

Because you have a thousand pages to bond over each of the miserable character’s lives and loves and stories and hurts and goals and MERGH.

The end, with Jean Valjean? Okay, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting it at all. My heart was bursting the whole time and I finished the book  wracking in sobs and blowing my nose   I want to cry just thinking about. (and listening to ‘The Epilogue’ on the Les Mis soundtrack…)

In conclusion, I cry at the injustice. After getting into these characters heads and falling in love with them, when things happen that just aren’t fair, that reflect the pain and heart ache in our real world.

So the moral of this blog post? Write people, real ones, that you can connect with. Let us feel apart of their story and become immersed in their world and struggles. Make them deep, make them real and make them relatable, so we can cry when the time comes.

And because you stuck around, here’s a pie chart. Because pie XD:

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What books have made you cry? What do you think makes people cry over books?

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21 thoughts on “Five Books That Made Me Cry and Why

  1. Oh my! How long did you take to finish reading Les Miserables? I only ever watched half the movie (was busy studying at the time) and never read the book before.. Might soon though 😊

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    1. I highly recommend it! It took me two years (oops) since there’s lots of times Hugo just stops moving the plot forward and gives like a hundred pages of backstory… But it’s worth it! The core story and how everything get’s woven together in the end is so good.

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      1. Ah I see. Two years is a really long time though hahaha! But I guess the storyline must have been good enough to keep you hooked for such a long time 🙂 I’ll definitely put that on my reading list!

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  2. I definitely broke down when Harry finally opened the snitch and the resurrection stone was inside… I thought it was such a lovely way to bring him the courage he badly needed, such a young man about to sacrifice himself and of course he was afraid and just wanted his parents… And I really loved the way it wasn’t just Lily and James, but also Sirius and Lupin, because they were such role models to him…

    Some books don’t make me cry at all, maybe I’ll get choked up, but for me it can’t just be a dramatic scene or event, it honestly has to be really poignant writing that makes the situation unique or truly important. Otherwise it just feels like, “Oh, yes, it’s time for the big dramatic plot climax.” 😛

    No one accuse me of being hardhearted; I am simply 42% Vulcan.

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    1. Ah, you described it so well! And I agree about the situation needing to be unique or important… or else it’s just the dramatic end of the book XD.
      I wish I could say I was Vulcan, but I’ll cry/tear up at the oddest things. Like the videos one finds on social media of Dads coming come from Iraq and surprising their families… almost guaranteed tear-jerker every time.

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      1. Well, since I’m on the spectrum, there are certain things that other people get emotional over that I will never understand (for example, crying over your team winning the Superbowl – sorry, folks, I don’t go past understanding excitement). But I definitely get it when it comes to family stuff, the people that you’re closest to (for example, soldiers returning from war – though truly I won’t even get choked up – but that I get it if others do).

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  3. I’m not much of a crier. Whether it’s books or movies, I don’t cry much. I’ve read Les Miserables, but it didn’t make me cry, probably because I’d listened to an audio drama and watched the movie before. But books that have made me cry are Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin, the Royal Diary about Anastasia (because I didn’t know she was killed), and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Oh, that book ripped my heart to shreds.

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    1. I’ve heard a lot of heart-ripping has gone on for those who have read A Monster Calls 😂
      I think I remember reading a Royal Diary about Anastasia… it was very sad at the end.

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  4. It’s funny, because I don’t cry that often while reading books, either. But I double-checked my “books that made me cry” shelf on Goodreads and was surprised by how many I’d listed there (13, most of which I’ve read over the past 2 or 3 years).

    The one book that I’ll always remember for making me weepy, though? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of the most beautifully written and poignant stories I’ve ever read… and I was such a mess during Part 10.

    I don’t remember if THAT PART in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows made me cry. But gosh, it gets me every time when I watch the movie. (Fact: I cry or come close to tears about 5 or 6 times every time I watch Deathly Hallows Part 2.)

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  5. I’m a horrible person who never cries over books.😂 Oh wait, I DID tear up once!! I actually had tears in my eyes, so that counts, right?!? I’ll just ignore the fact that I was sick at the time and there’s a 99% chance my eyes were watering from the flu haha, but anyway. It sorta counts. I was emotional in Harry Potter, but not to the point of tears. But so many moments in there that were totally = ❤️💔

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  6. A single book hasn’t made me cry. But musicals do. Seeing that Les Misérables is one of the books on this list, while the book did not make me cry while reading it, it made me feel even more connected to the characters after already crying during the musical. I already formed an emotional connection before reading the book. I honestly felt the emotions while reading the book, but it never reduced me to tears, but the musical does

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      1. For the book, I spent just one summer reading it. I only have time for classics in between semesters so I have to finish before each semester starts up again.

        In a lot of ways, the fact that the book of Les Mis didn’t make me cry, but the musical does shows that music is in many ways more powerful than words alone. The songs wonderfully reflect Victor Hugo’s characters and storyline. True there were slight differences, but still very true to his work. Both are masterpieces in their own unique way

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      2. Oh, very true! I hadn’t thought of that. Since you’re fond of the musical I’ll ask: which version of the musical/soundtrack do you like the most? I usually listen to 2012 version, but I know there’s so many 😅

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      3. I own the Original Broadway Soundtrack. I do love the 2012 version to because that is the version I fell in love with first because I fell in love with the musical through the movie.

        Well, I first saw the movie, than a community college production, then saw the film of the 25th anniversary concert and eventually leading me to see the show in the West End.

        Even though the cast I own is the Original Broadway Soundtrack, my favorite cast is the West End Cast that I saw

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