Books That Made Me Cry | Ft. Too Many Gifs and Tear-Inducing Qualities

Hey everybody!

Today we are talking about all the feels.

How many of you have suffered from books? Because they, for sure, come packed full of emotional wreckage. Authors are evil geniuses. I mean its heartbreak here and death over there. We really take quite a risk when we open books but one we love to take.

Now, books always play with my emotions but I was wondering how many have actually made me cry. You know, all the tears streaking down my face.

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THINGS THAT MAKE ME CRY (AKA TEAR INDUCING QUALITIES):

 

💧 Animals dying (how dare authors do this!! Shouldn’t this be banned by now??)

💧 They finally are happy and then it all gets taken away (so close?!?!?)

💧Relatability, the most painful pain is the pain that you know. Sometimes books drop that truth that you have been trying to deny and OUCH!! Or they remind you of THAT time. OR reflect how you feel right now whether loneliness, fear etc.

💧 Dying when their goals are unfinished or before their redemption arc (they were working towards something grand and then … they just died. What are you supposed to do after reading that??)

💧 Small details instead of drawn out emotions. These really hits you in the feels more and you are just left there staring at your book like what am I going to do now!!

💧 Other character’s reaction to a death. Ahh.. it wrecks me. Their heart breaks THEN my heart breaks. *plays nothing breaks like a heart* It is just a very painful experience!!

💧 Making the characters fight SO strongly but they lose anyway. How am I supposed to be comforted by that?? Why can’t character just have a happy life filled with chocolate and books and hugs *I say as I actively look for books which break my heart*

💧 Anddd, of course, your favourite characters dying. WHY?!??!?!

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THE BOOK THIEF BY MARKUS ZUSAK

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A beautiful book that had a very heart-breaking part (if you know you know) and being a historical fiction (WW2) it felt more painful because things like that actually happened. A wonderful story and you know when you feel slightly hollow because of the sadness. This book did that.

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EVE TRILOGY BY ANNE CAREY

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I read this series so long ago and I don’t remember too much about it. It was an alright series but I didn’t love it (the covers are very pretty though) But it was a particular scene that made me cry and it wasn’t a human death and I found it sooOOOooo painful, death’s like that should be illegal. I will remember that scene for a long time. 

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACESBY JENNIFER NIVEN

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Now this book does have a trigger warning for mental illness and suicide. I think I cried for like half of this book non-stop. I enjoyed this book personally as it captured a lot of emotions and was written really well. I can’t remember that much about it now except crying.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS BY J K  ROWLING

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So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows involved quite a few deaths (like authors can be brilliantly cruel, its not fine). *SPOILER AHEAD* But the reason I want to spoil this bit is because I am on about a particular detail. The bit where Harry was walking to meet Voldemort, preparing to die. When he was speaking to his parents, Sirius and Remus, it was so emotional and beautiful. I think it showed how he was young and scared, plus it was a really touching moment for his family. Everything about this moment was heart breaking.

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KING OF SCARS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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There is a certain chapter in this book that was cruel to my heart. And you know I had to stop reading because I couldn’t see the words!! I reading loved the way it was written and the last sentences just OUCH but well done Leigh Bardugo you made me very emotional. 

If you are going to read this, you need to have read the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology first.

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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID

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Ow…. someone just stabbed me in my heart. Oh look it was my book.

This book captures many emotions as you learn about Evelyn’s life. And there were a few moments which just hit me right in the emotions and it was very well written.

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You should also check out Rain’s (@bookdragonism) absolutely amazing list of books that will break your heart if you are looking for more ‘curl up in a ball and sob your eyes out’ books. Enjoy 😉 And it was the inspiration for this post. So thank you and you should absolutely follow her wonderful blog!!

That’s all the books that have made me cry. I will continue to keep reading and wrecking my emotions along the way*.

*and in a weird way I look forward to it.

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What books have made you cry? Do you think you cry relevantly easily at books? What do you think makes a good emotional scene?

26 thoughts on “Books That Made Me Cry | Ft. Too Many Gifs and Tear-Inducing Qualities

    1. Haha– yes books are constantly wrecking us emotionally!! Evelyn Hugo was very emotional– the way it was told was perfect though. And Harry Potter touched on all the emotions— the first death in that book was heartbreaking as well!! I will never forget it!!

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  1. I read the knife of never letting go (so, like, spoilers!) and it wasn’t even that good but there was this moment where the guy has to choice between the girl & the dog & the dog dies & I literally couldn’t! The dog was my favourite character, absolutely adorable & so brave & loyal AND HE DIED 😭 like, no! That is not allowed!

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    1. AWW… no dogs shouldn’t be allowed to die— how are we suppose to survive this pain when authors do this to us!! And I remember when my sister was reading that book on the plane and she started crying– it sounds so emotional!!
      I can’t even watch Marley and Me the movie– I don’t think my heart could go through it!!

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  2. EVELYN HUGO gave me all the emotions, I’m still not over it and ahh what a book. I loved it so much. I love books that make me cry, as strange as it sounds, because… well, books able to give me that many emotions are just so, so good ahah. ❤

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    1. Yes it was a brilliant book— the writing and how you follow her life and go through all the emotions with her. SO GOOD!!
      Yes I like it— I think it says a lot about the book and how it can make you feel real emotions and usually have a lasting impression on us. It’s powerful and I think it requires a skill on the author’s behalf so I agree!! ❤

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  3. All The Bright Places was just sooo fcking hard to read I cried nonstop by the ending, I really loved that book especially when they went to every wonder in Indiana (am i getting this right??? I read it 3 years ago XD) Also Evelyn Hugo is also cry worthy. HUHUHU

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    1. Yes I think it is the one that I cried the most at– for like half the book!! I did enjoy it though– very powerful and emotional book. Yes I enjoyed when they travelled to the different wonders (I think you are right– it was like 3 years ago since I read it as well)!! The movie is coming out this year so I am going to be crying for half of that as well.
      Yes Evelyn Hugo was emotional and beautiful!!! I will definitely remember that story for a long time. ❤

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  4. I’ve read all of these that you mentioned and they made me so sad! Kingdom of Ash recently made me cry and I felt so sad! Probably the book that has made me cry the most would be The Knife of Letting Go, and The Book Thief. 🙂

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    1. Yes there were very emotional books but I enjoyed them. I think it is usually good writing that makes you cry!! Yes Kingdom of Ash was emotional being the last one in that series– and it definitely has some emotional scene!!
      Yes I have heard about what happens in The Knife of Never Letting Go and it does sound very emotional!! Even thinking about it makes me feel sad. And the book thief is a very emotional book– I love it a lot though!!! 🙂

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  5. I LOVED THIS POST SO SO MUCH. And aaaaahhhh my post inspired you to write this? I’ll be back in a few secs. Just gonna cry in happiness right here for an hour.

    Evelyn Hugo made me sob like a baby and Deathly Hallows? Bittersweet end to a phenomenal series right there. Oh and KoS made me bawl my eyes out too. Why are authors so mean? What is happiness even?

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    1. Aww… thank you so much!!! Yes it did inspire me so thank you ❤
      Yes so many emotions throughout Evelyn Hugo!! So beautifully painful!! 😭
      Yes Deathly Hallows fills me with emotions every time– definitely bittersweet!!!
      It was kind of unexpected in KoS– I didn’t expect my heart to be destroyed but it most certainly did.
      I know authors can be so cruel– they like to destroy their readers. Evil geniuses!!!

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  6. This was such a great post!! You summed up all the reasons books make me cry SO well! 😀

    It’s actually very rare that I cry while reading a book these days. I’m not sure if that’s because my heart has been turned to stone by TOO MANY FICTIONAL DEATHS or I’m just less emotionally engaged, WHO KNOWS.

    Some books that have made me ugly sob include Before I Die, The Fault in Our Stars, The High Lord, Deathly Hallows and The Hunger Games.

    On your animal theme, a movie that utterly wrecked me was Marley and Me. OMG, couldn’t handle it!

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    1. Ahh… Thank you so much!! Yes books really can trigger those emotions!!

      Maybe your heart did turn to stone after so many fictional deaths to protect itself– it had to take necessary precautions!! I think I’m the opposite– lately more and more books have been making me cry– I used to rarely cry at books. 😂

      Oh.. I haven’t heard about before I die or the high lord– I will have to check them out. But I can understand how the others made you cry– deathly Hallows had many sad moments!

      Yes animals dying is so heart breaking– I’m too scared to watch Marley and Me, I don’t think my heart could go through it!! 😭

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  7. I really need to read most of these. I’ve seen the film of The Book Thief but still need to read the book but yeah it was definitely heartbreaking. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is another one where I’ve only seen the film (I really need to start doing more reading catch up) but I found the movie devastating.

    Recently I’ve just finished re-reading Shadow Kiss and that has such an emotional ending with one hell of a cliffhanger. I found so many things in the final Harry Potter book heartbreaking. Mockingjay is one book that really left me feeling emotionally wrung out though. It’s a dystopian so yeah I guess it’s fitting that I didn’t come away from it feeling all bright and bubbly but honestly it left me feeling kind of hollowed out.

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    1. I haven’t seen the film for the book thief but I do want to watch it after loving the book so much!! The book is wonderful!! Yes I’ve watching the boy is the stripes pyjamas and it was a really emotional film– that ending!! I watched it at school and so many were crying 😭😭
      Oh I haven’t read that but I am curious about what the cliff hanger is now 😂 I do kind of love cliff hangers endings– I hope the next one is out soon though!!

      Yes the final Harry Potter books had many painful scenes!! 😭 yes dystopian can be quite upsetting and dark books but I know what you mean about feeling hollowed out– you can’t really believe what you’ve just read and can sometimes make you have a book hangover!!

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      1. I hope you manage to see it sometime then. I really do need to try and get on with the book sometime as I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about it. I know, it’s so upsetting and hard to watch. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the ending. It’s such a distressing period of time to read about. I’ve actually read a couple of other books set during that time and they both broke my heart. Oh yeah, it’s been out for quite a while – it’a a series I read a few years ago and as I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump I thought re-reading something that I loved would help. Plus I’ve been meaning to do so for a while as I really want a refresher of the series before I read the spin off.

        There are so many of them, right from the start. They all have little details that make them extra harrowing too. Yeah, it’s not exactly good to feel bleak after reading a book but in that genre I guess it is somewhat expected. I agree about the book hangover thing though, after a book like that it can be hard to pick up another one – especially if the events of the previous one keep playing on your mind.

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        1. Yes hopefully I will get to see it soon! I hope if you read the book thief that you enjoy it– I loved it and think it is well worth the hype.
          Yes it is a very upsetting ending and tugs on your emotions. It is a very emotional and stressful time period especially as we know tragic things did actually happen like this. Yes the few that I’m read in this time period have been very emotional.
          Oh right I see I will definitely look into it then. Yes reading a favourite does help with the dreaded reading slump!! Ah yes it is good to read them before a spin off so you remember everything and it makes you all the more excited for the new book!!
          Yes there really is, you get all the emotions!!
          Yes I think it is part of the genre– I haven’t read too many dystopian books but the ones that I have were dark and did leave you feeling shocked.

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          1. I hope so (: I definitely do plan to read it sometime, I’m just not exactly sure when as I have so many books that I want to read right now. I really look forward to it though (:
            I know, its absolutely devastating to watch. And I completely agree with you, it’s awful knowing that those kind of things actually did happen. The two books set during that time period that I read are based on true accounts and it’s horrifying. It’s so upsetting and distressing to see what people went through. I find it scary to think how recently these things actually did happen. We study them in ‘history’ and they feel like they come from an entirely different period of time but there are still people alive who lived through it. It always unsettles me to realize that it really wasn’t as distant as it seems.
            Definitely (: It’s been years since I read these ones so I really thought reminding myself of what had happened would be wise. And yes my excitement is growing as I’m really looking forward to finally reading the spin off series. I have no idea why I didn’t back when it first came out.
            Yeah I agree that it’s probably the genre. The futures that they’re set in are meant to be dark and bleak so it’s only to be expected that you’d come away feeling a bit shocked. There are a lot of dystopian books that I want to read though.

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            1. Yes I always have so many books I want to read– it hard to decide what to prioritise 😂
              Yes it is really horrifying to think about. It really is upsetting. Yes I agree it can seem really far away when you learn it in history but it wasn’t. It is unsettling to think about!!

              Yes sounds like a good idea!! That’s good that you are excited for it!! 😊
              Yes agreed— I would like to read some more dystopians as well!! 😊

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              1. I know, especially as there are some that you always want to read as much as each other.
                Its awful and it’s just heart-wrenching to read some of the books that delve into that period of time. I guess it’s because history covers events from so much further in the past too, and the fact that the world has changed so much in terms of things like technology.

                Thank you 😀
                I’ll have to look at lists on Goodreads to find them once I’ve got through the ones I know :L

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