Saturday, June 3, 2017

Books That ... Made Me Cry

I really never considered myself the kind of person who cried while reading books. I've noticed of late that it's becoming a more regular phenomenon (don't ask why), so I thought it'd be scary neat to tally up the number of books that have actually made me cry.

Again, this list is in the order that I read the books. Bear with my vulnerability here. I hate crying XD

Elsie's Widowhood by Martha Finley

Can you guess which part of this Elsie Dinsmore book made me cry? I'm pretty sure I read these when I was about ten. These get such a bad rap nowadays because of how "good" Elsie is, but I definitely enjoyed them and found them highly instructive in Christian living and the 19th century as a child. I'm thinking they're due a reread.

The Bluebird and the Sparrow
by Janette Oke

Yes, I know this one made me cry. I'm pretty sure I was no older than twelve or so when I read it for my first time. It was a family tragedy and moment of realization for the main character that finally got me on this one. I guess because I related to her nasty attitude at the time, hehe ...

Out of Time Series by Nadine Brandes

All three of them. -_- Seeing as how the first book, A Time to Die, was the first book that had made me cry in forever, I was a little surprised. Reading it at 2 am didn't help, I'm sure. But still. I might have been able to resist crying in some of them if I hadn't been the only one awake in my house and completely sleep-deprived. That's how good this series is.

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

Yeah, I have no excuse for this one. I read the beginning slowly and then I rushed through the end, so I guess all the suspense built up? It was like mid-afternoon, so I wasn't extremely tired. Kara's a really good writer and this neat little novella released yesterday, so definitely check it out :)


The good news is that list was much shorter than I'd hoped! Obviously, I've had other books make me emotional, but only those 6 have made me cry. *cheers* What books have made you cry?


  1. Books that have made me cry probably have to be...
    "Bridge to Terabithia" (did I cry over that as a kid!)
    And of course "Where the Red Fern Grows"
    And in Les Miserables I did have tears all throughout

    XD Seems kind of funny to list them all, I'm sure there were many more but obviously can't remember right now.

  2. SAME ABIGAYLE! I don't really cry when it comes to reading?! I know people think it's weird since I'm such an avid reader but... nope. I think I've only teared up over books at the most.

    I have yet to read the Out of Time series. I PROMISE I WILL GET TO IT SOON!

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

  3. I've read four out of the six books on your list, so I guess that's pretty good xD.

    The Out Of Time series is SO SO amazing, I love it to death. <3 <3 And I just finished The Girl Who Could See yesterday (in pretty much one sitting, because I couldn't stop), and OH MY. It was beautiful and so incredibly good. And somehow my mom picked up The Girl Who Could See from the library two days before it released? No idea how that happened, but I'm cool with it xD. And I have never read a book that's made me cry. I've read ones that made me come close, but I've never actually cried, oddly enough :D.

    Loved reading your list, Abi!

    ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

  4. This is a really good idea for a book list to compile! Unfortunately, I think my list may be a little longer than yours... But these were all great books! I've read all but the Janette Okes book and The Girl Who Could See (which I really want to read). Yes the Out of Time series made me cry as well! I think I'm still crying from those books (although I still haven't read the third... I think I need time to grieve from the other two :P) Thanks for your vulnerability, Abi! :) I really enjoyed this post!

  5. I've cried during books before, but I'd never blog about it lol. So kudos to you. :)

    Books that made me cry...
    Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
    The Death Cure by James Dashner.
    Unwholly by Neal Shusterman.

    I honestly thought there were more...oh well. *laughs and wanders away*

    1. (*highfive for Harry Potter* Gracious, those books had ALL the feels)

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

    2. *high fives you back* I know!! Which character's death killed you? It was the professor at the end of the last book that got me...

    3. YES, oh my goodness. I couldn't *clutches heart*. The scene where they go through that professor's memories in the movies (even in the book!) was THE SADDEST THING. Have you seen the movies?

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

    4. *heart clutch with you* Yes, I've seen all the movies and read every. single. book. My friends and I joke around that I'm Hermione. 😂
      But I do have one VERY important question: Which Harry Potter boy did you like the best? I'm (not surprisingly) a Ronald Weasley fan.😁

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    6. Your friends are awesome then xD.
      Oh, good gracious - meaning just between Harry and Ron? I'd never be able to chose, they're both EPIC characters! My automatic answer would be Harry, but then again, I like Ron and awful lot, too. DON'T MAKE ME CHOSE xD.

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

    7. Haha, yes I have awesome friends. :D
      Lol, okay, I won't make you choose. :) I completely understand, I love Harry because he's such a good and loyal friend. But Ron is like, oh mah goodness, like, he's just so amazing!!

  6. Books that made me cry:
    After the Dancing DAYS
    A book about Ollie Oatman
    And I can't remember what else... books don't usually make me cry but it's been happening more lately xD

  7. Books that made me cry....
    Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
    Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    ....And many others I can't remember at the moment. xD

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

  8. I cried SO much in every Out of Time series book. Just something about the way Nadine writes... and Jaye L. Knight's Samara's Peril. I think I cried the most when I read that one. I can get really emotional when I read sometimes ;)

    audrey caylin

  9. *bear hugs Abi* Finally! Someone else who loves Elsie the same way I do!!!! Seriously, for some reason I feel like I found a kindred spirit! :D If I tried to list the books that made me cry, we would be here forever. :D I am a very emotional person and lots of good books make me cry. Especially if I am in the right mood. But if I picked one that made me cry, it would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Sheesh. This story makes me laugh now, but I was reading it for the first time in our living room and my older (introverted) brother was sitting across the room working on his computer. I was sobbing my eyes out and he looked up, caught sight of me and I saw him kind of wrestle with himself for a second, then he just tucked his head like a turtle and let me cry. Obviously, he thought that I was better left alone while in the middle of the sad part of my book. LOL! To this day, The Book Thief has made me cry each time I read it. :D
    Okay, I will be done being long winded.
    Victoria Lynn

  10. I've cried in a few Francine Rivers novels. A Question Of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton made me cry. A few books I read when I was kid-preteen age... And others but. ;D My own novel has made me cry...
    -Ang |

  11. The only book that has ever made me cry was The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini. It's really good!

  12. Yes! I read the Elsie Dinsmore series when I was about ten too! I feel like no one ever reads those anymore, but I remember really liking them. :) Books don't really make me cry. Some have brought tears to my eyes, but I don't really consider that crying. It's when the tears break the barrier... ;) But some books that were pretty emotional for me are:

    "Bound" by Victoria Lynn
    "Defy" and "Deliver" by Tricia Mingerink
    "Dandelion Dust" by Faith Potts

  13. Okay so I've seen a lot of people comment about the Elsie books. We own the entire series but I could never get past book 5 or 6...I got so confused. Am I the only one who got confused about what was going on? Like did Elsie die and her daughter's name was Elsie too so they continued the story with her daughter? Or what? I honestly feel like i should reread them since maybe now I could follow them...

  14. I am in awe that this list is so short! How do you not cry more!?!? XD I bawl through like, everything I read. Some worse than others though (Bridge to Terebithia, The Book Thief, Mockingjay, The Last Battle, A Monster Calls...etc, etc).

  15. I have yet to read all of these books! But seeing as they made you cry... TOTALLY giving them a shot:)) I love books that make me cry, idk it's just something about bonding with an emotional book that just makes those ones so much more special.

    A few that I cried in are... Samara's Peril, Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea, All the Light We Cannot See, Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere, My Heart Remembers, Return to Harmony... and that's all I can think of right now. But yea. I really need to check these out!

  16. Nice post! I have never cried over a book. I have teared up a couple of times, and FELT like tearing up a little more, but I just realized I only tear up at the happiness! Never at the sad occasions. And more for nonfiction, can you believe that?!

  17. Is it strange to say I enjoy crying over books? Not that I look forward to it but it's satisfying XD
    I think the books that made me cry the most were the last Harry Potter book (even though I'd read it about 4 times XD) and then the end of Les Mis. *sigh*


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