3 Books that made me cry  #3B1G

3 Books that made me cry #3B1G

My husband finds it funny that I can cry when reading a book.  As he is not a reader,  I forgive him for he doesn’t know what he is missing.  Tell me,  have you ever cried when reading a book?  I do get swayed with the emotions in the book.  My husband also likes to listen to the stories I have read.  And when I tell some of these emotional stories,  I cannot hold back.  I do get a bit carried away.  I cry and laugh with the characters in the books.  I get too involved.  Here,  I am bringing you three books which made me cry buckets.  Only those,  which I am sure will make others cry too.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


This book is set during the World War 2 in Nazi Germany.  It is about a 9 year old girl Liesel who loved to steal books.

This one is on every list which says that it will make you cry.  The last couple of hundred pages were terrible for me.  I couldn’t read through my tears.  In fact,  I had to keep a handkerchief to wipe off the tears.  It is still one of my favourite books.  Maybe,  I should read it again.  And this time,  no tears.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


The book highlights the plight of two women in Taliban ruled Afghanistan.  It is about the restrictions on the movement of women folk in the community.  Living in a war-torn neighbourhood,  controlled by tribal landlords,  there is no hope.  There is a hospital scene in the book.  Here,  the hospital staff treating the women have to be women.  It results in a scene where there is only one doctor who is in a hijab trying to rescue a patient.  And there are hundreds of women waiting their turn in pain.  It was the most terrible scene.  After reading the book,  I could not read anything else for days.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


This one is a hopeless love story.  What starts as a clichéd romance between Lou and the wheelchair bound quadriplegic Will Traynor,  turns into a beautiful love story.  Lou is his companion or “babysitter” as Will calls her.   The characters are adorable.  That is when we want the love story to succeed but from the beginning it is clear that Will Traynor will never be normal again.  This book was good for the romantic in me.  I stayed awake and cried buckets over it.


Do you feel similar emotions when reading a book?  Did you cry when you read these books? Which book made you cry the most?

6 thoughts on “3 Books that made me cry #3B1G

  1. Oh, I cry while reading too. I believe, if a book can bring out such reactions from a reader, it means that it is truly amazing and powerful. Have read The Kite Runner some years ago and I remember emotionally touched by it. Must re-read it sometimes soon. The Book Thief is on my TBR and have added Me Before You just now.

    1. True that Shilpa. Read Me Before You’s review on Tulika’s website. It made me buy the book instantly.

  2. The book thief made me super sad, and miserable, but I don’t think I cried. I rarely do. Also, I try and avoid tear-jerkers – not because I don’t enjoy them every now and again, but more often than not, I read to escape, and more often than not, I want to escape to a beautiful place, a happier place.

    Having said that – the one book that made me cry in the recent past was The Time Traveler’s Wife. I remember uncontrollable sobs towards the end of the book.

  3. I think we both spoke about this once before, when I reviewed Eleanor and Park (which made me cry buckets). I haven’t read Me Before You, but the other two made me cry, yes. Also, David Levithan’s stories make me cry/happy-cry. They’re so emotional, and a happy ending isn’t guaranteed, but still, so heartwarming.

  4. I never cry when I read books , though I often feel teary. However, I do laugh out loud, often falling off the chair! I didn’t cry when I read the first two books – the last one I haven’t read. Perhaps I should read it and see if I pass your ‘crying test’.

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