Books That Make Me Cry

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Your eyes aren’t deceiving you — that’s a list that you see!

If you’re a long-time reader of My Life as a Teacup, you’re probably not surprised to see a list this month! Since 2011, September has been synonymous with 30 Days of Lists around these parts, and this year is no different. #30Lists is a listing challenge that exercises your creativity with a daily list prompt. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, other than to just have fun!

I’ve been participating since the challenge’s first run, and when Kam and Amy invited me to host another prompt this fall, I couldn’t say no. Especially when the topic was books!

Typically when I read, it’s not my goal to turn into a blubbering, sobbing mess of tears. Nevertheless, it sometimes happens, whether due to character deaths or poignant messages in stories. Whatever the cause, here are a few of the books that are guaranteed to make me cry:

Books That Make Me Cry

  1. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  4. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  7. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  8. The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Want to know what exactly it is about these novels that make me bawl? Join in on the 30 Days of Lists fun to see the full list (don’t worry — there’s no right or wrong time to start listing!)

P.S. That watercolor Filofax printable you see? It’s a list template I made exclusively for #30Lists this year!

#30Lists listing challenge

  • I haven’t read The Bridge to Terabithia, but I was a mess after watching the film. It’s too sad 🙁
    Is the story of the novel the same with that of the movie?

    xo Dara

    • The film is based on the book, but I’m going to pull my book snob card and say the book was better 🙂 But it was just so well done for a middle grade book, now that I look back, that it’s well worth it.

  • Nina

    The Sun Also Rises is SUCH a beautiful book. The last line makes me so sad because it reminds me of my last relationship. “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” wrecked me. I had to put the book down and walk away from it because I was so upset! I’m very emotional, especially when I relate to something happening in the story, so it’s pretty easy for me to become a hot mess when I read.

    • Tell the Wolves I’m Home is on my list because I keep hearing of it everywhere I turn these days!

  • Allison Poorman

    Marley & Me and Eight Below made me bawl my eyes out. It took 48 hours for the puffy eyes and vision to return to normal. Had to wear my eyeglasses since my contacts wouldn’t stay in. BUT IT WAS WORTH EVERY TEAR!!

  • Brideshead Revisited is my favorite book, and I always turn into a sobbing mess just thinking about it. Sebastian is a character I will never be able to let go. Brideshead and The Great Gatsby are actually the only books I’ve read on this list, but there are definitely a few of the other ones I want to read, too (I enjoy books that make me cry, even though I also always regret breaking my heart like that, hehe).

    • Sebastian! Yes! Love that book <3 It's a weird thing to love books that make you cry, but I feel like we're not the only ones 🙂 I hope you find some good reads from this list!

  • Kay

    Ohhh boy Bridge to Terabithia. That’s a rough one. If I Stay got me right in the feels as well, in ways I totally didn’t expect!

    • YES! Didn’t see it coming. I didn’t expect If I Stay to resonate that strongly.

  • Bridge to Terabithia made me cry like a baby!

  • Murakami….ahhh, love it!