Books That Make Me Cry

I’m going to skip all the apologies for not posting in almost a year and just cut to the chase.

Last night, I finished reading The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak, and I declare, there are very few books that have made cry as hard as I cried when I read that book. And the crazy thing is, the author told the ending in the middle of the book, and I still ended up crying over it.

Anyway, it got me thinking about the books that have made me cry over the years, so I thought, “You know what, I should just blog about this instead of just constantly bugging my family about it.”

So here we have “A List of the Books That Have Made Jenny Smucker Cry.”

  1. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

This was the first book I ever cried over, and I remember thinking “Why on earth am I crying? Nobody even died or anything!” It was still really sad though.


2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I declare, this book hit me right in the feels. I still can’t hear the words “Stay gold, Ponyboy” without tearing up a bit.


3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Truth be told, I didn’t cry as hard over this one as I did over some  of the others, but still, I cried.


4. Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

I was forced to read Safely Home in school for Christian Literature, and when I started reading it I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Also, it made me cry at school which was slightly embarrassing since I’m a senior, and it seems like I should be above such things. But honestly, is it really worth it to be so “old” that you don’t cry over a good book? I think not.


5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

As I said before, this book somehow managed to tell me what would happen in the end, and still have me crying my eyes out when I got there. And I’ve been in a daze all day, because of how wonderful and sad this book was.


So there you have it. A list of the books that have made me cry. I think there may be a few others, but, try as I might, I couldn’t think of them.

I honestly almost enjoy crying over books, and I like the idea that 26 symbols arranged in a specific order can make me feel such intense emotion. And sometimes it seems to me like the books that make me cry are the ones that also make me think about the world in a different way.

What about you? Do you enjoy crying over books? What books made you cry the hardest?

Well, that’s it for today.





8 thoughts on “Books That Make Me Cry

  1. I think the book I cried the hardest over was “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. It was like, 3 am or something and up until the last moment I thought it was going to somehow manage to have a happy ending.

  2. I don’t know that I would say I enjoy crying, but some of my favorite books made me cry. One that I used to read every year while growing up, and cried through a box of tissues every time was, “Where the Red Fern Grows”. More recently was when I read one of my daughter’s series. “Divergent”.

  3. I cry over some books, and I am glad, I can still do that at 67 years of age! The most recent, I can remember, would be the collection of Christmas stories put together by Wheeler! Nostalgia, probably hits me the hardest, though it also happens when I see unusual demonstrations of love and kindness shown by characters in the books!

  4. Yes yes yes,The Outsiders had me weeping too. And Uncle Tom’s Cabin. And some of the books from the Left Behind series…and probably dozens of others. I cry easily over books…:/

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