Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

February 4, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 10


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Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry.



1.  The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Goodreads blurb: Growing up in the small German kingdom of Hessen-Cassel in early Nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the young and handsome fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm.

It is a time of War, tyranny and terror. Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hessen-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, the Grimm brothers decide to save old tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses grand and small all over the land.

Dortchen knows many beautiful old stories, such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Frog King’ and ‘Six Swans’. As she tells them to Wilhelm, their love blossoms. Yet the Grimm family is desperately poor, and Dortchen’s father has other plans for his daughter. Marriage is an impossible dream.

Why did I cry?: This is such a beautiful and bittersweet story. Apart from the romantic part of the story, there are plenty of awful things going on as the Napoleonic war sweeps across Europe, not to mention the nasty things that the townsfolk and families do to each other. Bring your tissues, but you’ll love it 😉Angelya

2. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Goodreads Blurb: Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged…until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister — and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

Leila & Philippa

my sister's keeper

A Thousand Splendid Suns

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Goodreads blurb: A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Why did I cry? The horrific living conditions and life for a woman in Afghanistan, and the ultimate selflessness and sacrifice of one of the characters was just heartbreaking – Natasha

4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Goodreads blurb: Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Why did I cry?I read this back in college and.. oh my god. It really hits you in the heartstrings. – Hannah & Philippa

The Time Traveler's Wife

Fault in our stars

5.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Goodreads blurb: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.


6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Goodreads blurb: Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Why did I cry?: [Warning: Spoilers!!!} I cried over the injustice of Nazi Germany and that it is really part of our history, I cried over the great acts of kindness and humanity that can still survive through a war and I sobbed over the loss of Hans, Rosa and especially Rudy (I feel I am welling up again just thinking about it!) Natasha

I think the question should be: why didn’t I cry?! – Hannah

The Book Thief

Little bird gets his wings

7.  Little Bird Gets His Wings by Shannon Barnes

Goodreads blurb: Little Bird Gets His Wings is a heartwarming and exciting story about a little bird that doesn’t know his place in the world. Like many of us he allows himself to become something more convenient, only to find in the end, being like everyone else isn’t always convenient. But Little Bird soon finds that his own special life light isn’t meant to be hidden. Told with a flowing, bouncing rhythm, Little Bird Gets His Wings will have your children realizing their own potential, and asking to re-live this heartfelt story again and again.

Why did I cry?: This book is beautiful. I actually cried while I was reading it. It is a picture book that starts the idea that it is okay to be who you are and to grow into that person at such a young age. I am so thankful to have come across it by serendipity! – Leila

8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Goodreads blurb: What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Why did I cry?: This book explores love and hardships, and worst of all.. euthanasia. I shan’t tell you whether they were sad or happy tears, however. – Hannah

me before you

PS I love you

9. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Goodreads Blurb: Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’.  – Philippa

10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads blurb: It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

Why did I cry?: Dumbledore!! 🙁 – Hannah

HP and the half blood prince


Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

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