Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Get some tissues!

All of these books made us cry, but they are all brilliant and so worth it!


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I imagine this book will appear on most TTT lists. This didn’t just make me cry…it made me ugly cry.

2. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

I read this to my son as my husband rocked him to sleep. I couldn’t read the words I was crying so much. What a beautiful story!

3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I taught this book for two years, and I cried every time I read it…and every time I read it aloud in class.

4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I found this story to be incredibly frustrating because I didn’t know how to feel. I could understand every character’s position, even when they disagreed with each other. It is a tearjerker.

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

I read this book in third or fourth grade, and all I remember is the ending and how much I cried (and I was so young!). Oof. This was a difficult one.


1. Wonder by RJ Palacio

This book is so touching and although there is a scene that definitely makes me cry because of sadness, most of my tears were happy tears.

2. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Pg. 263. I will never forget that page. Made me bawl!

3. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles

And what makes you cry just comes out of nowhere! I lent this book to a friend, with no warning, and I promise that this lead to angry texts when she got about 25% of the way through.

4. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (and Threatened by Eliot Schrefer)

When I read this book aloud to my class last year, it took me about an hour to read the last 15 pages. Imagine me, sitting in front of 22 eighth graders as I try to read through my sniffles, breath-catches, and massive tears to share the amazing conclusion with my students. (Just read Threatened as well and it, too, will lead to some tears!)

5. Hurt Go Happy  by Ginny Rorby

There is a scene in this book that I cannot make eye contact with students as it happens because I know that we would all start crying. Such a tough scene!

Which books have made you tear up? 

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry”

  1. Oh man…Love You Forever was also on my list. How can a picture book make you cry so easily!? It’s just not fair! And I completely forgot about Where the Red Fern Grows until I was looking at these lists…I’m pretty sure I just repressed all memories involving animal stories. They’re always horribly tragic! We read it in 4th grade I believe and my best friend actually passed out during the cougar scene haha!

  2. Wonderful books. I still have never read My Sister’s Keeper, but heard from so many how good it is. You’re so right about the books… Actuallly I had a little tear at the end of Far far away-mostly happiness ones, though!


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