3 Books That Made Me Ugly Cry

I actively avoid books that are likely to make me cry (with one exception below). These ones managed to make me cry but I still love them. Sometimes we just need to cry… it’s healthy… right?

Transcendence by Shay Savage

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

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This book was such a surprise. I read it to fulfil a task on a reading challenge and many people told me they loved it but I thought it sounded a bit silly. Of course, then I absolutely loved it and count it among my favourite books. It made me cry at the end because it doesn’t wrap up with an HEA just as they get together like most romances but continues on with the story of their life. It was so bittersweet I wept through the last few pages.

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Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

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I presume everyone knows what happens in Harry Potter at this stage and there’s no need to worry about spoilers but what upset with this one is a character death so if you don’t know who it is don’t read on.

Harry’s state of disbelief and loss over Sirius’s death at the end of this one broke my heart. When he tried calling him with the mirror and when he got so excited about asking Nearless Headless Nick how to contact Sirius I just couldn’t take it.

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

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This one I completely expected to cry reading. I think I must have been hormonal or something when I picked it up cause it isn’t my usual sort of book at all and I cried pretty much the whole time. Great for fans of tearjerkers.

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Has a book ever made you cry? I know I can’t be the only one that got upset over Sirius.

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33 thoughts on “3 Books That Made Me Ugly Cry

  1. This is a great post!

    Order of the Phoenix definitely made me cry! Reading Deathly Hallows was 100% worse though – SO. MUCH. DEATH. It was brutal. I was reading it out loud to someone the first time I read it too, which made it even harder somehow. I can’t even tell you how many times I ended up bawling my eyes out reading that book!

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  2. I cry at books ALL. THE. TIME. Including some that I don’t think are that great. But then, I’m a crier period, it’s a totally involuntary response that I have very little if any control over… TV makes me cry, movies make me cry, live theatre has been known to make me cry (Les Mis and Miss. Saigon anyone?). But then happy things make my bloody eyes leak like taps too… animals being all cute and cuddly or majestic and powerful, the miracle of birth… even the Dancing Queen scene in Mamma Mia made me bawl my eyes out in the cinema… you know – IN FRICKING PUBLIC!!!

    So, I’ve read a TON of books that have made me cry, from as little as single tear all the way up to the very puffy eyed, headache-inducing sobbing ugly cry! And If I’m honest, I quite like it, nothing wrong in the regular cleansing of the eye ducts as far as I’m concerned, and I do love me some heartache and angst to help me along the way!

    In particular, Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder did make me cry, but the sequel, Falling Into US has me in a state at that point unknown in my reading life. In fact, Jasinder Wilder has a particular talent for reducing me to near painful sobbing, she did it to me with another series of hers, The Ever Trilogy too.

    PS Transcendence was amazing but I’ve never read a single Harry Potter book. EVER… and have no plans to [running swiftly away]

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  3. Great list! The only one I’ve read is HP but now I want to check out those other two! I love books that make you cry, it shows how talented the authors really are

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  4. I hate to cry. I figure there’s enough of that in life, I don’t have to seek it out. That said, I have run into a few books that made me cry, yet I love them.

    The 3 Farseer trilogies by Robin Hobb that begin with Assassin’s Apprentice and end with Assassin’s Fate — that first book & the last one made me sob. Robin Hobb has a way of breaking your heart, yet you are so invested in the characters you want to see them make it through.

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      1. Yes, it is high fantasy. You probably have to like that to enjoy the books. It has magic in the world and sorts of telepathy, but no paranormal creatures.

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  5. Nice post! Definitely agree that Order of the Phoenix had the most emotional ending out of the seven Harry Potter books, even more so than Half-Blood Prince.

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