Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Which Novel Made You Cry the Most?


With their vast scope and the unparalleled ability to bore into someone's head, novels have perhaps the greatest potential for affecting us emotionally. As much as I love movies and television, novels have the ability to move me the most.

So which novel most affected you? And what was the part that did it?

As a kid I remember being deeply affected by classics like Johnny Tremain, The Bridge to Terebithia, My Brother Sam is Dead and Where the Red Fern Grows.

As an adult, well, I'm not actually much of a crier, but I was pretty moved by The Sky is Everywhere, The Secret Year, Atonement and, of course, The Book Thief.

What about you?

Art: Never Morning Wore To Evening But Some Heart Did Break by Walter Langley






133 comments:

Mary Vensel White said...

The Book Thief! Read it twice and convulsed with sobs both times. Love that book.

Melanie said...

The Sky is Everywhere left me a little teary-eyed. But no book has ever made me cry harder or touched my soul more than Between Shades of Gray by Rupta Sepetys. Truly moving.

Fadzlishah Johanabas said...

13 Reasons Why. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for the sheer beauty of the storytelling.

E. Arroyo said...

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. And I made the mistake of watching the movie first.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Bridge to Terabithia, Friday Night Knitting Club, The Fault in our Stars and Me Before You all got me.

NotaWarriorPrincess said...

Conversation with my then-eight-year-old:

Him: I just finished Where the Red Fern Grows.

Me: Oh? Are you ok?

Him: [shakes his head no]

Me: Do you need to cry for a while?

Him: Yes please. [throws himself into my arms and sobs]

Kai Strand said...

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Liberty Speidel said...

As a kid, "Beauty" by Bill Wallace had me bawling.

As an adult, quite a few books have brought tears to my eyes, but I can't think of a novel particularly that moved me so much that I cried a lot (although a couple of scenes in "Conspiracy in Death" always get my crying, no matter how many times I've read the book!)

Some non-fiction books have caused me to cry buckets, too, though...

Joe Beernink said...

The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons had me seriously tearing up at the end. Need to go back and reread it.

Sarah Marino said...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I think a lot of it had to do with a decade long journey coming to an end, and having grown up with the books, it somewhat symbolically signified the end of my childhood.

Liberty Speidel said...

As a new mom, I received a book called "Just Like You". I couldn't get through 5 pages without crying!

Jory said...

Oh, geez. There have been so many. Atonement made me ball my eyes out. Deathly Hallows? Yep. The Fault in Our Stars, Last Summer of You and Me,and probably more that I can't think of right now.

Sharon V said...

The Book Thief had me crying like a baby for a good ten minutes.

Richard Gibson said...

The Grapes of Wrath, the last paragraph.

Nathan Bransford said...

Whoops, meant to include Atonement.

Fred said...

Old Yeller. Nothing even came close. I was inconsolable for a month.

Anonymous said...

There are two books, actually. The first one is The Hobbit (it's been years since I've read it so I can't remember why I cried, I just know I did)

The second book is The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Such a sad, sad book.

Anonymous said...

Flowers for Algernon

kdjameson said...

Pawn in Frankincense - Dorothy Dunnett
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K Rowling
Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx

Some because they had devastating endings, some because of heartrending scenes which impacted the course of events; all made me cry so hard I could no longer see the page to read.

Lisa Voisin said...

I just finished reading The Obvious Game by Rita Arens, and it had me crying not only when I was reading, but as I was going about my day later. LOVED it.

KJ Rennie said...

Mila 18 by Leon Uris.

I was only about twelve and this was my first exposure to WWII Polish and Jewish Ghetto history, so the emotional impact of the novelised tale was extreme!

I remember crying like a baby as the Polish cavalry charged the German tanks, and being utterly devastated when some mothers poisoned their own children rather than have them die on the trains/in the camps. I'm sure I'd have cried a lot more, but I was numb by that point!

It made such an impact on me I've never even attempted to reread it as an adult.

Gretchen said...

The Road made me cry. I cried repeatedly while reading The Fault In Our Stars. But no book has ever made me cry the way The Book Thief made me cry.

LadySaotome said...

I remember literally sobbing the first time I read The Two Towers and thought Frodo was dead. It took me something like half an hour to calm down enough to finish the last few pages of the book. Then I found out he was alive & flung the book across the room, I was so mad at all that weeping for nothing. :)

david hanley said...

Flowers for algernon.

Sam Beringer said...

The only one I remember is Jim Butcher's "Blood Rites." There was a scene in there that made me tear up and have to put the book down to recover.

my honest answer said...

Tess of the D'Urbevilles. Oh how I ugly cried at that one. My now husband found me in the kitchen in floods, and when I told him what it was over, he thought I was pretty nuts. He then bought me a rare edition of Anna Karenina though, which also resulted in lots of ugly crying, so maybe he likes it?

Jessica Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

NEVER FALL DOWN was pretty horrible. And I agree with THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, and THE BOOK THIEF too! My daughters have all had to read MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD and I've helped them with their reports and whatnot. So sad!

Jessica

niloufer said...

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry At lots of specific places, but also at the end just because it seemed so incredibly hopeless

thewwaitingroom said...

Goodbye Mr. Chips was so sad when I was in middle school, on a family vacation, that my mom ended up having to take me on an outdoor adventure for a day, just to lift my spirits. I was also so completely heartbroken by The Time Traveler's Wife that when I finished reading it at 3 in the morning and called my mom (seeing a pattern here...hmm...) who works the night shift, I was sobbing so hard that she was worried the house had burned down or my sister who I was watching had been murdered. It took me about five minutes to calm down and tell her it wasn't anything real life, I was just really upset by a book plot.

E.J. Wesley said...

A Dog Called Kitty and Where The Red Fern Grows are two favorites.

L. Shanna said...

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It even made my husband cry, which he will never admit to, but we both know it did :)

Andrew said...

Uncontrollable gush when Larry McMurtry killed off Augustus in "Lonesome Dove." Months later, got home to sight of wife sobbing convulsively on the couch and knew exactly what section of the book she had gotten to...

Alyssa said...

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness.
If you've read it, you know the part I'm talking about!!

And Stolen by Lucy Christopher.
This one still makes me cry if I think about it for more than five seconds...

Anjali said...

Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking and McCracken's An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

Joey said...

"Eva Moves The Furniture" by Margot Livesey.
A stealth treasure of a book, that makes me cry now as much as it did a decade ago.

And recently, "The Fault In Our Stars." I finished it on an airplane, and had to hide my face in my hoodie on the tray-table in front of me.

R. Eddie Smith said...

Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Total ugly cry.
Also, The Time Traveler's Wife killed me because it was given to me as a "beach read." And for the record: there's nothing worse than sobbing on a sunny beach in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

An intermediate children's book Baby by Patricia MacLachlan. A beautiful story that had me sobbing in the Philadelphia airport. Even as I type this thinking of the book I can feel the emotions welling up.

Carrie Monroe said...

The Book Thief
Plain Kate
The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere, the Sandman series- finishing a Neil Gaiman book makes me cry.

T.L. Bodine said...

As a kid, there were a few:

Where the Red Fern Grows (requires no explanation)

Sasha, My Friend (by Barbara Corcoran...it tells the story of a kid who befriends a wolf while living in ranch country. You can guess how well that goes.)

Summer of My German Soldier (by Bette Green -- about a Jewish teenager in the US who ends up harboring and falling in love with a detained Nazi. This left me inconsolable for days)

Dogsbody (by Diana Wynn Jones, about a star who's wrongfully accused of murder and imprisoned in a dog's body on earth. His only friend is an orphaned Irish girl.)

More recently:

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. (I re-read the series about once a year, and this makes me weep ever. single. time)

The White Bone (by Barbara Gowdy. Tells the story of a group of elephants on the quest to find a mythical white bone that will lead them to safety away from poachers. Not a kid's book - very adult, and very disturbing. It also has the single hardest to read scene I have ever seen in any book anywhere.)

Kim Woodruff said...

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr.

Khanada said...

I don't remember exactly why, but I know I cried for a long time after finishing Lois Lowry's MESSENGER. Am reading THE GIVER right now with my 5th grader, so maybe I'll just keep going with them!

Robena Grant said...

Atonement.
But I have The Book Thief on my TBR pile and am waiting until I need a good cry. Ha ha.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

"The Outsiders" by SE Hinton

then I cried during the movie too

heatherkamins.com said...

The Fault in Our Stars.
The Time Traveler's Wife.
And the ending of The Amber Spyglass, which I made the mistake of finishing on the train.

Crystal said...

Oh gosh, as with many others, Where the Red Fern Grows. I was eleven, I finished it at midnight and had to trek upstairs to find some tissues and then explain to my mother, first, why I was crying, and second, why I was reading at midnight.

The only other two books that made me cry were by Nicholas Sparks. Shut up! I know. The books were way sadder than the movies. at some point, A Walk to Remember, and when I was sixteen, and a very hard, don't show your feelings, tough sixteen, The Notebook. I remember lying on the couch using the book to hide my face as I finished the book. In the movie, they die together, but in the book, he ends the day knowing that the next would be the same, and the day after that as well, on for the unknown future. I was weeping. I tried to sneak past my younger sister to steal some tissues and terrified her. She thought someone had died.

swedishfish said...

The Fault in our Stars. I was weeping on the subway. The Book Thief - weeping on a plane. Harry Potter 4, when his parents briefly come back - weeping on the couch. (at least that one wasn't in public.)

Michelle said...

Lots of things make me cry, so that isn't often terribly notable. But I recently read The Fault in Our Stars, which did not just make me cry. I SOBBED.

Crystal said...

(not the same Crystal as the above commenter)
I don't have much time for fiction reading these days, but In Face of Danger made me cry when I was a kid.
...and I must admit...I cried when Dumbledore died.

Alex Villasante said...

i'm not much of a crier at all (except for Hallmark commercials,FTW?) but The Fault in Our Stars just broke my heart. There was something about the relationship between Hazel and her parents that resonated with me. And when I say resonate, I mean made me bawl.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

The Book Thief is an old favorite that pulls on my heart strings. A new favorite is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Great emotional writing. I loved every page.

Magdalena Munro said...

Sacred Hunger (Barry Unsworth)....I've never felt such love for a character (Matthew Paris) and to have him taken from me was almost unbearable. I sobbed for hours. I think it won the Booker the year it was released.

Rick Daley said...

My son just read My Brother Sam Is Dead and wrote a moving piece about the horrors of war for school.

I finished The Road on an airplane and was on the verge of tears at the end when *SPOILER ALERT!* the Man died. I held it together, but just barely.

Dave Barry's books have brought tears to my eyes, but of laughter, if that counts.

abc said...

Where the Red Fern Grows had me bawling (Big Dan and Little Ann!) and of course Bridge to Terabithia. How unfair that seemed. The Book Theif! The Fault in Our Stars! All the usual suspects, I guess. Most recently I cried when I read Lois Lowry's Son. And if you want to read a heartbreaking children's picture book, I recommend The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit.

Anne-Maree Gray said...

Lots of books... reading aloud Harry Potter, the secret garden, The golden compass series to my children and crying. But the Heaven tree trilogy from Edith Pargeter made me sob... sob, people...

abc said...

Oh--someone mentioned The Amber Spyglass! I was shattered. So beautiful, so painful. (so deep).

LSH said...

The Green Mile - three tissues on the sob meter

jenna123 said...

Where the Red Fern Grows and My Girl caused me to cry for hours as a kid. I don't know that I've ever really cried as an adult for a book.

Jodi Lamm said...

For me it was The Red Tent. I have never cried so hard over a book. Ever. I had to stifle it as best I could for fear I'd wake my husband. The part that did it (spoiler alert, but if you know your Bible stories, you'll already be aware) was when Dinah woke to find her lover had been murdered by her family. I even knew it was coming and thought I'd prepared myself. Apparently not.

Angela @ HomegrownMom said...

Many of the above, and also Little Women!

Mira said...

Great question, Nathan.

I cry really easily. So, I tend to avoid really sad books, because I'll sob for days.

But I'll second those above regarding "Flowers For Algernon". Haunting. I can still picture the ending and feel heartbroken.

Add: I just read Angela's post above about Little Women. Oh absolutely. Beth!

Richard Cordiner said...

the only one that's ever made me shed a tear is the line right at the end of "Test of the Twins." You need to have read all of the Dragonlance Chronicles and the Legends for it but the line "Look, Raist, bunnies!" is surprisingly emotional!

Bethany said...

The Sparrow.
And I was prepared, because it's a frame story and you KNOW a whole bunch of people are going to die. But, man, the double death in the middle...

Rose said...

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Sun's - both mind blowing books. I didn't cry but was moved beyond belief.

Adie said...

From childhood -- and again as an adult when I read it to my children: Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene.

Regina Richards said...

I'll Love You Forever, My Brother Stevie, Where the Red Fern Grows, and the short story There Will Come Soft Rains.

Alison said...

The Fault in Our Stars made me sob for hours. I read it New Year's Eve day and didn't want to go out that evening because (SPOILER ALERT!) it felt like a family member had died.

Regina Richards said...

Oh, yes, and I'm with Adie. Summer of My German Soldier. All these years later just hearing the title again makes me hurt inside.

Anonymous said...

The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Lee Wardlaw said...

The end of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials had me weeping, which was especially hard because I was reading it aloud to my son and husband (we read the entire series aloud) and had to keep stopping to compose myself. Took about three hours!

beatlesluv said...

On Chesil Beach, Water for Elephants, and Girls of Riyadh made me cry profusely.

Marta said...

A Fine Balance
Flowers for Algernon

Haley Whitehall said...

As a kid Old Yeller made me cry the most. And then I suffered through the movie! Roll of Thunder Here Me Cry had me shaken up, too.

As an adult Flowers for Algernon and I have yet to make it through The Book Thief...

thewriteedge said...

Definitely The Book Thief and also the Holocaust portions of Sarah's Key (the present-day portions didn't move me nearly as much.)

Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

I've never been one to cry easily at books and movies...though the habit seems to be growing on me lately, oddly enough. The two that come to mind first are Mrs. Mike and Rilla of Ingleside.

(Incidentally, I've never dared to read Where the Red Fern Grows after having seen the movie once many years ago.)

Rosi said...

I was reading Of Mice and Men aloud to a class of summer school students who never did much reding on their own. When George put his arms around Lenny and shot him, I completely lost it, sobbing like an idiot in front of my silent class. One of my students, Allen, a big, tough, smart kid, came up, gently took the book from my hands, and finished the reading. It was not the first time I'd read it. I'd probably read it forty times, but to this day I can't even think about that scene in the book without tearing up.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I appreciate the mention.

I can't believe nobody's mentioned CHARLOTTE'S WEB yet--it's hard for me to get through the ending even now, a couple of decades after I first read it.

And most recently, Jo Knowles's SEE YOU AT HARRY'S.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

A MONSTER CALLS.

Weirdly enough, the book that made me sob is a non-fiction book called THE BOOK WHISPERER. It's a reading teacher's manifesto on student choice in the classroom. Reading it made me miss my classroom, yes, but even more so, I was heartened to see someone truly living the book life alongside her students.

Rebekka. said...

Sophies World made me really, really sad, I cried in the whole end of the book. Then problaby Deathly Hallows: many, many things got me there. Everything was just sad and heartbreaking and moving and touching. The latest book that i cried over was the ending of Delirium - really sad.

Brenda Pierson said...

I'll be the weird one who bawls my eyes out at fantasy novels. After you've spent years with these characters, when tragedy hits it's devastating.

Immortalis by R.A. Salvatore. Also The Ghost King

Changes by Jim Butcher

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Linjen Pichardo Neogi said...

Paula from Issabel Allende. It's not a book that just made me weep, it's that book that left me crying for days. It transformed me to a pretty morbid person on those days at least.

Am I crazy to say that I love it nonetheless?

Linjen Pichardo Neogi said...

Sorry. Typo: Isabel Allende.

Rebekka. said...

Sophies World really, really made me cry. It has the most biggest and saddest plot-twist ever seen and the whole book and ending itself is beautiful and moving. The other is Sophie's World really, really made me cry. It has the most biggest and saddest plot-twist ever seen and the whole book and ending itself is beautiful and moving. The other is Deathly Hallows, which just got me, at so many points. It was sad, it was good, and touching and painful and happy all at ónce, and all the deaths and pain and misery and the ending and bahhh. T_T dead. The most recent book I have cried over was Delirium. Many times through I was sad and scared over the world and life Lena and every other had to life, without love. I'm actually not really a crying person, but sometimes books like Harry Potter and Sophie's World just gets me.

S.P. Bowers said...

I'm a goober and cry fairly easily. Even if I don't like the book! Bridge To Terebithia hits me hard, as does The Book Thief. Someone mentioned A Monster Calls and I'll second that. It's a beautiful and poignant book.

Creighton Dent said...

The Collector by John Fowles

Ellen Appleby Keim said...

Sophie's Choice by William Styron. Holocaust books get me anyway, but that one did me in. Thank God I read it before I saw the movie, because as good as the movie is, the book was so much better (in my opinion).

Karin said...

A Fine Balance. Finished it on a plane. Bad idea. I was sobbing into a snotty cocktail napkin. I would put the book down and try and look normal, and then plunge in for more anguish and more tears and more snot. Poor guy sitting next to me.

Collette said...

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. And I still can get choked up just thinking about the end of The Incredible Journey when Bodger shows up, limping over the crest of the hill.

Sophia said...

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and it was totally unexpected, too!

Chris Bailey said...

LIttle Bee, A Dog's Way Home, Pillars of the Earth, Cold Mountain--and a bunch of the others already mentioned.

Gemma Hawdon said...

The Book Thief - definitely! If I was just a few decades younger I would have to elope with Rudy Steiner.

Pamala Knight said...

Hmmm...I remember sobbing first at Burrich and Fitzchivalry's reunion and then Burrich's death scene in Robin Hobb's FOOL's FATE from the Tawny Man trilogy--the final story of the Farseer's.

Saille said...

The Grey King by Susan Cooper made me sob. I remember reading part of it to my mom and being utterly unable to grasp why she didn't collapse in response.

Backfence said...

Outlander
Into the Wilderness (series by Sara Donati) - particularly the final book, The Endless Forest
The Breakdown Lane by Jacquelyn Mitchard
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
and, oddly, Anna Quindlen's latest: Lots of Candles; Plenty of Cake had me tearing up on numerous occasions - I guess I could really relate to her sentiments

Gretchen said...

Nathan, have you read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion? I started reading it at school when everyone, teachers included, was supposed to read for a 30 minute period a day. I kept bawling and my students were freaking out, so I had to read that on only at home.

Terri-ann Varga said...

Hiroshima by John Hersey makes me cry every time http://www.amazon.com/Hiroshima-John-Hersey/dp/0679721037

Jenna St. Hilaire said...

Brenda Pierson, I'm with you on the tragedy in fantasy. I choked up thoroughly over a certain scene in the last Wheel of Time book recently.

I'm the reverse of you, Nathan; didn't cry much as a kid, but stuff gets me all the time now. Brideshead Revisited was a recent bawler. And The Little Prince, which I'd never read before. I read The Giver for the first time last year, and that meltdown was epic.

I'm scared spitless to read The Fault in Our Stars.

Anonymous said...

Plainsong and Eventide, both by Kent Haruf. I cried in my soup. Read Plainsong first, some of the characters are in both.

wonderwoman5432 said...

Without fail, Erich Segal's Love Story gets me each time I read it. It's either when Jenny dies or when Oliver cries in his father's arms.

Landra said...

As a child, The Giver.

As an adult, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, and Tempting the Bride (some powerful parallels and emotional situations).

I don't cry often, but usually favorite characters dying or children being harmed immediately gets the tears rolling.

Kim Bowman Author said...

Where the Red Fern Grows, of course. As well as Old Yeller. And The Kite Runner. And I also cried over Her Fearful Symmetry.

macswriter said...

A Thousand Splendid Suns and Beloved.

Beverly Diehl said...

Black Beauty. Little Women. The Deep End of the Ocean.

Basically, put in a dying pet, loved one, or a lost or dead child, and you had better not get between me and the Kleenex.

XiXi said...

The Fault in Our Stars (obviously) by John Green, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Mira said...

@ Jenna - I forgot about the Little Prince. Me, too.

@ Jennifer - how could I forget Charlottes Web!!! Charlotte, no! So sad. :(

John Green can definitely make me cry.

Anonymous said...

The only books that ever made me cry were The Bridges of Madison County (duh) and Of Mice and Men

Karen Prince said...

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver. You knew right from the beginning that one of the four children would not be making it out of the Congo alive, and the tension built throughout the novel. But when death came, it was completely unexpected and shockingly swift. Best of all, the scene was told from a child's point of view. A masterpiece! I was distraught for days afterwards.

Anonymous said...

The Green Mile by Stephen King. I learnt that you can't sob and read at the same time, not matter how much you want to keep reading.

Anonymous said...

The Green Mile by Stephen King. I learnt that you can't sob and read at the same time, not matter how much you want to keep reading.

Laura Dallas said...

I have never cried so much at a book as when I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Towards the end, don't want to give it away. I read it in middle school and was deeply affected by the relationship the girl had with her father. I'll never forget it. Still one of my favorite books.

Miriam Joy said...

Tolkien's "Children of Hurin".

Also the first draft of my friend's novel which I just finished reading because ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch. Never speaking to her again.

A M Perkins said...

When I was little, I read a book called "A Dog Called Kitty" that left me sobbing...because it was one of the most emotionally manipulative kids' books ever.

The kid narrator was bitten by a rabid dog as a toddler, so he's terrified of dogs. A dog finally befriends him, and the kid names him Kitty. Kitty saves him from stuff, the kid learns to like dogs, yadda yadda yadda, the end, right?

Nope. In the last chapter, for no apparent reason, the whole family goes to the city to visit the boy's uncle who works on a construction site. Someone yells, "Look out!" and a huge pipe falls out of nowhere and crushes the dog to death. The End.

Anonymous said...

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Exodus by Leon Uris

J. M. Strother said...

I have been most affected by scenes in novels dealing with the Holocaust. Though fictional, they represent real horrors perpetrated on real people. The scene in The Odessa Files where an old man had to help load his own wife onto a gassing truck haunts me to this day.
~jon

Amy said...

A Dog Called Kitty
Flowers for Algernon
The Time Traveler's Wife
some of James Herriot's stories

Melanie Schulz said...

Anne Frank, the diary of a young girl.

e_journeys said...

Not a novel per se, but a memoir with novelistic (read: fantastical) elements: The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe (Dutton, 1929). In the early 1990s I was on a lunch break, reading the end while sitting on a plush couch in a hotel lobby -- and I was sobbing.

Hart Johnson said...

As a kid: Where the Red Fern Grows and The Diary of Anne Frank.

As an adult: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I think because I'd been invested in the series SO LONG--I started crying at Dudley telling Harry he wasn't a waste of space and never quit), The God of Small Things, Prince of Tides, The Kite Runner, Les Miserables.

Nour said...

The Fault in Our Stars had me crying, especially at the end.

pamala owldreamer said...

The Red Pony,Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz were the first books I remember reading that made me cry.I was seven years old at the time.
As an adult the books that have affected me the most have been Fifty Shades of Grey.The third book made me cry the most but each book has made me cry.Several of J.D Robb's In Death series have made me cry.I love to read and I also write Romance Suspense novels.The Hobbit made me cry all the way through the novel.I was pregnant with my third child at the time and my husband read a chapter to me every night because it calmed the baby down as though she was listening to the story.Eventually all three of us were relaxed enough to go to sleep.

Eugenia Parrish said...

Never cried much over books or movies as a kid, but sniffled when Old Yeller had to be shot. Beth's death didn't affect me, and to my mother's horror, I didn't cry when Uncle Tom died. What she didn't know was that I sobbed over the scene with his wife. Her quiet noble grief haunts me to this day. As an adult, I was distraught for a week after "watching" Anna Karenina plunge into a nightmare from which there was only one way out. And I really hated losing one Weasley twin -- that sucked.

Amy Pine said...

See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles-I cried for the entire second half of the book

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

All three brought on the ugly cry, but oh what a good catharsis each one is. Honorable mention to Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere. I didn't cry, but I love that book with all of my heart.

Bethany Valles said...

I wisely avoided books with animals growing up, as I was forced to read Where the Red Fern Grows, (I didn't start out as an avid reader,) and spotted the trend. I sobbed buckets after finishing it and had no desire to do so again.

That said, the first time I cried as an adult, (now an avid reader, but I stick with lighter material,) was when I got to the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As a mom, reading Harry's emotion when Molly Weasley hugs him and Rowling writes: "He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother," just made my heart break.

Yup, teary now just thinking about it.

Kelly A Egan said...

Walter Macken's Seek the Fair Land made me cry like a baby. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was also a tear jerker. And Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Edith Hope Bishop said...

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Devastating in all the right ways.

Roselynn Roberts said...

Bridges of Madison County is the only book that made me cry.


I'm usually not an emotional person. I rarely cry, not for movies, books, or sappy commercials.

inklings Anon said...

"Eyes of Prey" still gets me and I haven't read it in a couple years. I'm still sad about Cassie and that fact that the Chief could have saved her life.

G. B. Miller said...

"Softly Say Goodbye" by KC Sprayberry.

Fantastic YA novel about the perils of teen drinking.

Kathy Ellen Davis said...

The Book Thief, yes!
And the Amber Spyglass.
I BAWLED over the bench scene and when they have to leave each other.

One time I was working at a bookstore and found a copy of it out of place. I opened it up to that part and just started crying and reading it.

Someone came over and asked me if I was ok.
"Yeah," I said, "It's just so sad. They want to be together but they can't."

In a perfect world, the person would have said, "WOW! What a good book...I'll buy it."

But the person just looked at me like I was a weirdo, and walked away.

Marla Warren said...

The novel that made me cry the most? 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Who would have thought that a Stephen King novel would have a heart-wrenching love story?

King credits his son--novelist Joe Hill--with suggesting the ending.

Jane Eyre, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society all left me wet-eyed with a lump in my throat. But 11/22/63 made me cry the most.

Voss Foster said...

To this day, it's still 'Love you Forever' by Robert Munsch. Fifteen years since i first heard it, and I still can't make it all the way through without becoming totally useless.

Alonna Shaw said...

The Red Pony by Steinbeck. The part that made me cry and haunts me still (spoiler if I tell, but--it's what happens to the pony.)

Laura-Ashley said...

I have to agree with you about Atonement. Sweet divine, I was a blubbering mess when I read that book.

My Sister's Keeper, The Notebook, and Not Without My Sister had me crying myself to sleep. Anything Nicholas Sparks does tend to get me every time.

Terry said...

I remember reading the Giver in one night and being incredibly affected.

There were many books that I read with similar experiences, but as a young girl I wasn't able to keep track of the titles.

That has always been one of my faults which I wish I could change. I really wish I could remember the books I read when I was young so that I could recommend or re-read them.

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