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This week’s topic:
Top Ten Books That Made You Cry
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: This book tops the list of tear jerkers for me. The story is just so tragic, the characters’ pain so real. I dare anyone to read this book and NOT cry!
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: A unique but impossible love story. I adored this book and the movie even though both made me cry.
- Marley & Me by John Grogan: I laughed and cried multiple times while reading this book. As a dog owner the loss of a beloved pet really hit close to home.
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: You can’t very well have a list about what books made you cry without including this one! I expect to see it on almost everyone’s list.
- Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin: This was the first chick-lit series that I really got into and an amazing love story.
- The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: Jamie and Claire’s love story transcends 2 centuries! This is an epic love story.
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen: Great story about misfits, love and overcoming advertisy.
- Alpha by Rachel Vincent: A great ending to a 6 book long love struggle. So sad this series is finished!
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Marc Haddon: A compelling story told through the eyes of an autistic boy.
- Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden: Captivating tale about two Cree friends’ experiences during WWI. Great tale on what it’s like to be different from the norm.
After I finished writing this list and looked it over, I was amused by how only one of them fits into my preferred Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance genres. I wonder why? A few of these books are based on true stories so maybe the fact that they actually happened makes the tale more tragic? Perhaps the characters in supernatural novels are harder to relate to… definitely some food for thought.
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada
I seem to find Real Life Sadness much sadder than Fictional Sadness. The Glass Castle, for example, is very sad.
Here’s my list:
I totally agree with you on crying about the loss of beloved pets – in any media or real life – though I have no dog (but two cats..) ;”)
After I find THE LOVELY BONES on almost every Top-Ten-Books-That-Made-Me-Cry-List I am more eager than ever to read this book.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Yep – you remembered several I had forgotten… The Curious Incident…, Lovely bones, Time Travellers wife, . I won’t read Marley and Me though… I don’t think there are enough tissues!! Thanks for stopping by!
Ooh! and now I’m your 100th follower!!
The only book I’ve read on that list is The Lovely Bones, and after the first chapter I put it down and had a cry and couldn’t pick it back up for a few weeks. The others don’t really appeal to me (except for the Rachel Vincent books, you’ve convinced me to give them a go).
The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveler’s Wife both made my list. I haven’t read The Notebook, but the movie made me cry way more than I expected. I refuse to read or watch Marley & Me because I’ve heard about the ending and the sadness so many times, I’m not sure it would hit me the same way it has everyone else.
I’m not sure I’ll ever get over The Lovely Bones…
I have Marley & Me on my shelf…I think I’ll give it a whirl…although I’m a pet lover as well and have been through that kind of grief before. 🙁
I have Time Traveller’s Wife on my TBR pile…think I’ll move it up a little too 🙂
Thanks for the great list!!
Marley & Me and the Time Traveler’s Wife both had me sobbing uncontrollably.
“Time Traveler’s Wife” seems to be popular today!
Oh I have Water For Elephants on my TBR list – good to have a warning that I’ll probably need tissues! I forgot about The Lovely Bones, I think most of the book is so sad but the ending kind of ruined the whole novel for me.
Marley and Me, and The Notebook made it to my list also. Although I have to admit that I am one of those people that did not like The Time Traveler’s Wife. Did not like the book nor the movie. And I have heard so many great things about Lovely Bones, that I am going to have to get it.
Is Outlander sad? I’ve been meaning to read that for quite a while.
Sarah — 100 followers! Wow! Thanks for stopping by.
aussieinenglad — So happy I’ve convinced you to check out Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series! Your new blog layout is great BTW.
Peppermint Ph.D — You’re going to love The Time Traveller’s Wife. The movie is good but the book is better (as is usually the case).
lemonvervinebookclub — The Lovely Bones is a good but heartbreaking novel. Be warned!
Laura Ashlee — There are sad bits but it’s not all sad. I was doubtful when I picked up the first book wondering what all the hype was about but I loved the whole series. It’s a must read in my opinion.
Great list! I really need to read Marley & Me!