Books I Can’t Believe I Read Because They Promised Tears & I Read Them Anyway {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about books I can’t believe I read. More specifically, I can’t believe I read them because the blurb promised me tears and sadness and tough topics and most of the time, I avoid those like the plague and go for the feel-good books instead. Most of the time, but then some times I just find myself picking up one of thoseย heartbreaking books anyway, and end up crying my heart out. And I don’t mean crying like “Oh, my eyes got a little watery at that scene”. No, I mean full-blown snotty nose, red face, ugly-crying. And guess what? I still loved every single one of these books so, so much, despite the tears.

So here are some of my fave books I can’t believe I even read because they promised tears:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

After a terrible accident, Mia has to make a choice. Stay, and live a life without her parents and younger brother? Or let go and not have to face a life without her loved ones. I cried pretty much throughout the entire book and the movie was seen through the same watery filter as well.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

This is an instance where I saw he movie before I read the book, so I thought the book wouldn’t impact me as much. I thought wrong.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die broke me a bit. Maybe a lot. I still get tears thinking about it. And I still really want to see the movie, even though we haven’t heard any news in so long so is this even still happening?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Though the ableist message has come to my attention after reading this and should definitely not be ignored, I still loved this book so much and cried my heart out.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Should I even still explain about this book and why it made me cry? I mean, John Green is pretty much a YA legend. (And yet I have only read 2 books by him so I should get on that).

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

When a story is narrated by Death and is set in Germany during World War II, that should already be enough to clue you in on the fact that there will be tears.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I though that since I already knew how this would end, that the ending wouldn’t affect me as much. I have never been more wrong.

And well… you know I only have one auto-buy author whose books always promise the tears and yet I CAN NOT STAY AWAY and I adore every single one of them even if they still make me cry months later.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

My first Adam Silvera book blew my mind. More Happy Than Not is definitely one of those books which will haunt you for a long time after reading it.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

The story about a boy mourning the death of his first love is definitely not something I’d willingly pick up. But since it was Adam Silvera I did and it broke me but I have no regrets.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Come on, the title could pretty much just be ‘prepare to ugly-cry’. But as with any Adam Silvera book, the story leaves you both broken but also filled with hope.

Do you like sad, heart-breaking books or prefer the fluffy feel-good books? Do you have any recommendations for me?

32 thoughts on “Books I Can’t Believe I Read Because They Promised Tears & I Read Them Anyway {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I literally cried for over an hour last week – up until the boyfriend didn’t even know what to do anymore and he simply let me hug a pillow. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park. If you haven’t read that one yet, get ready for some extreme heart-break!

  2. Angela says:

    I love books that make me cry – I mean, not that I like to read about terrible things happening to characters, but I love when a book can make me that emotional! Me Before You was definitely one of those books!

  3. Jo says:

    I actually love sad books, when I look over my favourites, quite a lot of them have that really strong emotional impact, The Book Thief for instance is one of my favourites. Lighter books aren’t usually my thing, usually because they tend to be romance focused and that’s not really me.
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  4. Lisa says:

    I LOVE most of those! Fault in our Stars, Me Before You, If I Stay, Book Thief….sigh of happiness….Love it when others enjoy books I’ve liked.

  5. Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader says:

    Ugh, I knew how The Fault In Our Stars and The Song Of Achilles were going to end because spoilers, BUT I WAS STILL SO EMOTIONAL. The ending of a Song Of Achilles ruined me. Adam Silvera has definitely broken my heart over and over again. More Happy Than Not made me sad, History Is All You Left Me almost made me cry, and They Both Die At the End ACTUALLY made me cry. What could possibly be next? ?

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yeah Adam Silvera is the best a heart-breaking books. Really makes me wonder what I’ll think of his collaboration with Becky Albertalli, who wrote some of my favorite feel-good books, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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