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07-11-2009, 12:49 PM
As I posted in the Whatcha Readin' thread, I just finished Lonesome Dove for the umpteenth time. I adore this novel, but man, I cry like a baby the entire last third of the book.

But, in a good way :) I love books that make me feel - happy or sad or even angry.

Here are some other books that have made me cry (that I can remember easily, off the top of my head, I am sure there are more):

Year of Wonders ( - the plague!

Through a Glass Darkly ( (sequel sucked, imo)

Love is a Mix Tape (

Where Loves Goes (

Crack in Forever (

I particularly remember A Crack in Forever and Year of Wonders because I read them on planes - sobbing my eyes out, figuring every other passenger thought I was nuts!

07-11-2009, 01:26 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife. I know people either love it or hate it. I'm not one to seek out books that make you cry or things that are overly emotional, but this one did it for me.

Also, pretty much every book in the Outlander series, at some point, made me cry.

07-11-2009, 01:53 PM
My Sister's Keeper

07-11-2009, 02:13 PM
(An oldie, but a goodie) Love Story

The Notebook

Late to the game
07-11-2009, 03:11 PM
I loved Lonesome Dove!

Quiet Ballerina
07-11-2009, 05:06 PM
Anything by Lurlene McDaniel.

her books are aimed at more high school age....but they deal with kids/teens with serious conditions and fatal illnesses (cancer, diabetes, heart trouble, everything...)

I always pick up one of her books when I need a good cry.

07-11-2009, 05:08 PM
PS I love you was SO sad/good I didn't even WATCH the movie when it came out, because there's no way it could compare.

Eventually did watch the movie, though.

.. I was right. It didn't compare.

painted lady
07-11-2009, 05:20 PM
i LOVE The Time Traveler's Wife!!! SUCH a good book.

another one that makes me cry: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. i can't even read portions of it because i start sobbing.

07-11-2009, 05:34 PM
"A Bridge Called Hope:Stories of Triumph from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams" by Kim Meeder The author owns her own horse ranch for children who have been abused and all of her horses are rescues too. You can't turn a page without crying a little bit. Her stories are mostly about the children who come to her ranch and how the horses get there. Her first book, "Hope Rising: Stories from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams" I couldn't get passed the 1 chapter and it's fairly short chapters.

07-11-2009, 05:35 PM
"Perks of Being a Wallflower" was a very good book.

07-11-2009, 07:51 PM
Lonesome Dove is required reading in my family!

Time Traveler's Wife and My Sister's Keeper were both books that warranted a good cry when I was done.

07-11-2009, 09:33 PM
(An oldie, but a goodie) Love Story

The Notebook

The Notebook the actuall book made me cry so much more than the movie did! Even made my hubby tear up!

The movie 'the bucket list' was also a tear jerker for me.

07-11-2009, 11:37 PM
My German 3 book in high school...

I just sat there thinking..."what the heck were you thinking dude"

07-12-2009, 01:21 AM
oh yeah perks of being a wallflower.

Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst- one of the saddest books I've ever read. So good.

Any of the Sevenwaters trilogy books by Juliette Marrilier.

07-12-2009, 02:47 AM
Books that have made me cry:

Where the Red Fern Grows
Old Yeller
Of Mice and Men
Grapes of Wrath
To Kill a Mockingbird
Cold Mountain
Loving Frank
The Notebook
Glass Castle
Secret Life of Bees
Diary of Ann Frank
The Crucible
The Color Purple

07-12-2009, 03:21 AM
Charlotte's Web
Bridge to Terebitha

No matter how many times I read them, I sob with my whole body. (old yeller, too, but that was already mentioned)

These are all "children's books," but really, they are so well written they are for everyone.

07-12-2009, 03:25 AM
Poisonwood Bible
The Bean Trees
Pigs in Heaven
all by Barbara Kingsolver

The Tortilla Curtain
by T.C. Boyle

painted lady
07-12-2009, 03:48 AM
oh god, To Kill A Mockingbird makes me rock back and forth and say, "She never saw him again but she loved him. Boo!" it's pathetic.

and i finished Bridge to Terabithia while in a restaurant once. it was baaaaad news for anyone around me.

07-13-2009, 11:51 AM
Anything by Lurlene McDaniel.

her books are aimed at more high school age....but they deal with kids/teens with serious conditions and fatal illnesses (cancer, diabetes, heart trouble, everything...)

I always pick up one of her books when I need a good cry.

Wow, does this bring me back! I was addicted to her books in junior high and high school. I think I may be a bit of a hypochondriac...don't know if that's why I read these books, or the result of reading them!

The most recent book to make me cry was the Friday Night Knitting Club.

07-13-2009, 12:10 PM
The Glass Castle: A Memoir ( by Jeannette Walls

This is the true story of growing up homeless. The author went on to be a very successful writer. This is one of the best books that I have ever read.

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Freelance writer Walls doesn't pull her punches. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi, wondering if she's "overdressed for the evening" and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, "rooting through a Dumpster." Walls's parents—just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book—were a matched pair of eccentrics, and raising four children didn't conventionalize either of them. Her father was a self-taught man, a would-be inventor who could stay longer at a poker table than at most jobs and had "a little bit of a drinking situation," as her mother put it. With a fantastic storytelling knack, Walls describes her artist mom's great gift for rationalizing. Apartment walls so thin they heard all their neighbors? What a bonus—they'd "pick up a little Spanish without even studying." Why feed their pets? They'd be helping them "by not allowing them to become dependent." While Walls's father's version of Christmas presents—walking each child into the Arizona desert at night and letting each one claim a star—was delightful, he wasn't so dear when he stole the kids' hard-earned savings to go on a bender. The Walls children learned to support themselves, eating out of trashcans at school or painting their skin so the holes in their pants didn't show. Buck-toothed Jeannette even tried making her own braces when she heard what orthodontia cost. One by one, each child escaped to New York City. Still, it wasn't long before their parents appeared on their doorsteps. "Why not?" Mom said. "Being homeless is an adventure."

07-13-2009, 01:53 PM
The Chamber by Greisham

07-13-2009, 02:02 PM
Wow I got some great books to read!

07-13-2009, 02:24 PM
A Child Called "IT" ( by Dave Pelzer

I will never forget this book, tears my heart out to think of what this poor kid endured.

07-13-2009, 02:37 PM
The Notebook definitely made me cry....but The Wedding (which is like the sequel, I guess) was even worse!!! I cried throughout it and then my mom read it and she cried three different times!!!

Other People's Kids by Tory Hayden had me getting teary eyed throughout...and I read a good majority of it while on an airplane. LOL It's about a special education teacher in England who talks about her experiences and some of the kids she has worked with. I am a special ed teacher and I could see some of my students in the kids she was writing about. It just hit me.

My Sister's Keeper was so good too....definitely a tearjerker!!!

The first book I remember crying at was "You Shouldn't Have To Say Goodbye" which was my summer reading book going into the sixth grade. It was about a girl losing her mother to cancer.

07-14-2009, 10:44 AM
A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace--made me laugh until I cried in the beginning and then cry, for real, at the end.

Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck

There are many more, of course, but my pregnant brain can't remember squat right now. Maybe I'll post them as I remember them.

07-14-2009, 11:56 AM
Gone With the Wind, especially the scene where Scarlett runs into John Wilkes (the man she had always hoped would be her FIL one day) as he's going off to war, knowing full well that he's too old and will inevitably be killed, but unwilling to set aside his patriotism in the face of a war he doesn't agree with. I bawl like a calf at that part, and the part where the casualty lists come out. At that part when I'm watching the movie, I invariably end up, sitting on the edge of the couch, sobbing openly into a dishtowel. It's good to be emotional sometimes. :)

07-14-2009, 12:30 PM
In Her Shoes
Good in Bed
Certain Girls all by Jennifer Weiner

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

07-14-2009, 10:55 PM
P.S.- I Love You
Shelter Me
A Child Called It.

Most mentioned before, but all do it to me. The tears rolling down the cheeks and me not wanting to put the book down.

07-31-2009, 01:56 PM
The Glass Castle: A Memoir ( by Jeannette Walls

This is the true story of growing up homeless. The author went on to be a very successful writer. This is one of the best books that I have ever read.

I could just barely take the mother in this story - she upset me soooo much. I realize the mother was mentally ill, but she just made me so angry. It was a great book.

08-02-2009, 09:28 AM
The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold. I cried a lot during that book - a very emotional novel. I'm looking forward to the movie.

I have The Time Travelers Wife, but have got a round to reading it - sounds like I'll need a box of tissues when I do!

08-02-2009, 01:59 PM
I'm not much of a crier and haven't yet found the book that turns on my waterworks. There is one song that makes me puddle up: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday. And I think I got a little teary the first time I saw It's a Wonderful Life, but that's it

08-02-2009, 02:22 PM
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

08-03-2009, 08:26 AM
So I work in a coffee shop, and we've got shelves of books that people have donated...and customers can take books home with them and bring them back or keep's a good place to donate books, because a lot of them get read...

but anyways, the other day work was really slow so i grabbed a book of the shelf called Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral.

That book was amazing. If you've ever experienced the loss of someone close to you before, it will touch you. I cried so many times during that book, it was wonderful.