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Has a book ever made you cry?

by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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Have you ever been moved to tears by something you read in a book? If so, which book was it?
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Yes - any book about an animal and it ends up dying. I know it's a part of life, but that doesn't stop the tears when Kitty's time is up. e.g. Dewey, Casper the Commuting Cat, Cleo by Helen Brown - all lovely true stories but the tears come when the cat dies. Although these books have the sad ending, the beautiful stories I enjoy make the tears worthwhile.
No, I have never read a book that has made me cry. Films rarely make me cry either, and without a visual image or music, it is even harder to get that effect on me.
Ask That Mountain - The Story of Parihaka - Dick Scott. NZ. History Taranaki Land Wars, colonialism.
Yup, I was eleven. One of my favourite characters, Sturm Brightblade, had just died. He was one of the Companions in the Dragonlance series. If you are into epic sword and sorcery style fantasy, then I would highly recommend the whole series.
Not that I can remember. But I actually put a book down for a while if it gets too intense, just so I can get my head around what's happening (or what might happen).
Of Mice and Men, I lose it at the ending every time.

This is a bit of a shameful confession, but I also cried a little when Sirius Black died in Harry Potter.
There's no shame in crying over Sirius, Carly! I still get a little emotional about it. ;)
I think a more fitting question to ask me would be: "has a book ever not made you cry."

I get pretty connected to the characters in books, so it's not uncommon for me to shed a tear or two. One of the most recent books I finished was The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, a powerful story that left me pretty raw with a few tear streaks down my face!
Even now, more than ten years after the fact, I have a crystal clear memory of finishing 'An Instance of the Fingerpost' (Iain Pears) with my eyes all teared up. The first three quarters are a cleverly-done, Roshamon-style presentation of a mystery. The final quarter presents the answer to the mystery (or does it?) in a way that combines an emotional sucker-punch with a dose of religious awe.
I've cried many a time when I've been totally engrossed in a really well written book that has moved me.
Lots of books have had that effect on me. Movies too. I guess I'm just a fairly emotional person. Seven Little Australians, Little Women, To Kill A Mockingbird and Charlotte's Web when I was a kid. More recently Atonement really got to me.
I regularly cry at books especially when a main character dies. Wobbly moments I recall are when reading The Book Thief, Lord of the Flies, Memory Keepers Daughter, The Lovely Bones and If Only It Were True. Oh and anything by Jodi Picoult. My Sisters Keeper slayed me.
Strangely, The Book Thief made me less fearful of Death. Terry Pratchett never did that for me.
by grann
Yes - I cried when I read Faded by Chloe Miles. Then I cried even more when I read See No Evil by Chloe Miles. These are the first two books of The Faded Trilogy by Chloe Miles. I can't wait for the third book to be released. I will probably sob my heart out! I'm hoping it will all end happily ever after but with the number of unexpected (but exciting) twists in these books you never know.
I can't help myself from getting attached to the characters in these books. I instantly fell in love with the two lead characters, Savannah and Hunter.

By Raelene H
I've cried while reading 'A thousand splendid suns' by Khaled Hosseini, about life of a woman in Afghanistan. There were many instances in the book when I got the shivers too
Does anyone still read Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians? When Judy was crushed by the falling tree while saving Pip, I was a mess. Got me out of setting the table though.
I cry when I read books all the time - it's usually when somebody dies, or something really surprising, but good, happens. Books that I've cried to include Harry Potter, Marley and Me, Stephen King's Cujo - I actually felt for the dog, because he was just a victim of circumstances... lots more, but I can't remember them all now.
I cried at the end of The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. And also at the end of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
Oh yes, I did in The Time Traveller's Wife too. It was a beautiful ending.
Books make me cry all the time. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I think it's a sign that I've really connected with the book, and if you don't connect what's the point? Little Women does it every time, 7 Little Australians, The Animals of Farthing Wood, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, How to Write a Novel...the list goes on and on (and on).
I never cried over a book until I read The Bridges of Madison County....and on a very different note, The Kite Runner. Beautiful ending.
I have read novels that make me cry, weep out loud, and I love a story like this. If an author can write such a moving novel that if makes you cry, then it is a good read.
To many to list! But suffice to say, any involving animals, gets me crying!
I should NOT read books about cats or horses'!
Cat books, 'Casper' & 'Dewey', had me going through multiple boxes of tissues!
Casper was the bus riding cat in Sthn UK & Dewey was the
sickly, near frozen kitten found in a Library Return Book chute, nursed back to health & was the Library cat for 19(?) years'.

'Black Beauty', horse book, as sad, too!
Yes, The Thorn Birds, & All The Rivers Run, i think it was called!

Yes, I, too, when Dane died in 'The Thorn Birds'!
by donjo
I cried reading The Book Thief.
by Vee
The only book I can think of that has ever moved me to tears was a fiction called July by Karen Roberts. After everything the characters went through, the ending almost destroyed me! It's so weird, I can barely remember most of the story now (I read it almost a decade ago) but I can still remember how distraught it made me feel!
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