I am a book crier. If read a book that I like – even if it’s a happy book! – I cry. I can’t help it.
That said, there are a number of books through the years that have especially made me cry. We’re not talking about misty eyes or a single tear running down the cheek here (if so, I’d have to include probably about 75% of the books I’ve read on this list). We’re talking full on, can’t-see-through-the-tears, snotty-nosed, ugly crying. And it’s still a very long list.
So today I’m going to be telling you about 12 books that have made me cry and the stories behind them! As the title says, this is not a comprehensive list, but it’s the 12 books that I can think of that have made me cry the most. This isn’t going to be embarrassing at all. Let’s get into it…
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When I read this book last year, I read the entire second half in one sitting and cried pretty much steadily for the last quarter or so. That was when I was in college and sharing a room, so I had to hide my sobs from my roommate (which is something you get very good at in college). Then I took a shower immediately after and cried in the shower. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for
weeks months – let’s be real, I still haven’t stopped thinking about it obsessively.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have read this book more times than I can count and it still makes me cry even just thinking about it! I read it for the first time when I was about 13 or 14, and I remember getting to the end and just crying my eyes out until my eyes were too puffed up to read, putting the book down to calm myself, picking it up to continue and immediately dissolving into tears again. That ending guts me to my core every time. I am haunted by humans…
Harry Potter 5, 6, and 7 by J.K. Rowling
There are three chapters at the ends of these three books that never fail to make me cry, not matter how many times I read them: “The Lost Prophecy,” “The White Tomb,” and “The Forest Again.” If you know what I’m talking about, you know. I will never recover from any of these books.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
I didn’t go into this book expecting it to make me cry much, so when I cried within the first 50-ish pages, it came as a surprise! Flash forward to the next day when I found myself crying into my pillow late at night while nearing the end. This book, which follows a couple of teenagers in New York during the AIDS crisis of the late 80s/early 90s, managed to do something to my heart that I can’t entirely explain. I think it’s the book that’s made me cry the most so far in 2019!
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #3)
If the last book in a series is good, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make me cry, but few have made me full out sob like this one did. If you’ve read this series, you know what I’m talking about. I have a distinct memory of finishing this book in tears and throwing it across my bed, then immediately picking it up and clutching it to my chest while I cried. Kind of rude for a series about aliens and mind reading and talking dogs to be able to do that to me.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)
This will be utterly predictable to anyone who knows me. Every single book in the Raven Cycle has made me at least tear up at some point, but none of them have made me cry like The Raven King, which gets me even though I’ve read it so many times. The build-up to the ending, the sacrifice, and then Noah’s “Don’t throw it away” leave me a blubbering mess if I even spend too much time thinking about it.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I’ve read this book twice and it’s made me cry twice, predictably. The first time was when I was in high school, and I remember staying up late to finish it, curled up on the couch. I didn’t really know the story at that point, having never read the Iliad, so the ending hit me like a train. I cried a lot and wondered how I could be expected to go on with my life after that. And then, of course, I decided to read it again years later and went through the whole thing once more.
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
This is the most recently read book on this list and also the first graphic novel that’s made me cry to this extent, so that’s fun. I didn’t know I was capable of these many tears because of a graphic novel. This book, which is about two women going on a road trip and working through grief and trauma, made me cry so hard that I had to lie down on the couch and remind myself how to breathe. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but absolutely worth it for anyone who wants a good cry.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Has anyone in history ever read this book without crying?? Okay, obviously people have, though I don’t understand how. To be honest, I haven’t read this book in years, but back in high school I read it over and over and cried every time. The first time I read it was on Christmas day when I was fifteen, in the car to my grandparents’ house, and I had to hide under a blanket to cry while reading because my family was laughing at me. Such sweet memories.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is another book that I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to read without crying. And it snuck up on me, too! I went into this fully expecting not to like it, but before I knew what was happening, I was choking back sobs as I read the ending! How dare Elizabeth Wein tell me that everything was going to be okay and then rip the floor out from underneath me?? Ugh. I want to cry just thinking about it.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness has the dubious honor of appearing twice on this list, because he’s just that good at breaking my heart. I read this book in a single sitting, since it’s pretty short and has illustrations, and I absolutely cried my eyes out through pretty much the entire thing. It was devastating and beautiful at the same time. Almost immediately after reading this, I watched the movie and cried all over again because apparently I love to torture myself.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Is this any surprise whatsoever given this book’s title and what it’s about?? Yeah, no. I knew that I was going to cry going into this book and I thought I had mentally and emotionally prepared myself for the devastation it did to my heart…but I was not prepared in the slightest. There were definitely some snotty tears and shouts of “NO” and “WHY” while finishing this. Honestly, every Adam Silvera book has done this to me to a certain extent, but this was the worst.
Do you cry easily in books? What books have made you cry the most? Have you read any of these from my list?