Books That Made Us Cry – Part Two

by Maryse on August 16, 2014 · 115 comments

in Book Recommendations, My Favorites

So… who feels like having an intense ugly cry? A good bout of blubbering? A supreme sob-fest? I know… I know. Why!!?? Whyyyyy do we do this to ourselves? I mean, we fear the pain, we know going into these, what we *might* be in for (or at the very least, a few big fat ploppy tears). It freakin’ hurts! (P.S. Part one is here: 8 Books That Made Me Cry…)

Now of course, not all of them are going to make you cry because of what you *think* would be the obvious tear-jerking situation. Meaning, not everyone has to “die” to make me cry. ;) Sometimes (maybe even most times), there’s an HEA! Sometimes it’s just the incredible depth of emotion that is explored. Taken in, and experienced, personally by the reader. A devastating break up. A discovery. A memory. Sometimes it’s simply such a profound, beautiful experience that has us crying with incredible joy.

But there’s something just so addictive about books that make you feel that much. Books that make you think about them for days on end. Stories that have you crying again, just by remembering certain scenes. Tales that force you to change your top ’cause you soaked it with your tears (<— happened to me!). Or your pillow case as was the situation below, with one of our fellow readers. Using that same ratty shriveled and tear-soaked kleenex to sop up your never-ending cascade of sorrow, ’cause you thought one would be enough. Maybe you wouldn’t even need one, right? Until finally you relent, forcing yourself to go out in public (or at least, the rest of your house) to locate the box of tissues to finally let yourself really go. Yep. Happened to me, too. ;) And I already had such a list, but WOW does it need an update!

Reesa: Can you make a list of books that made you ugly cry? Or am I not finding it? Love your page get every book from your recommendations.

Maryse: Hi Reesa! My personal list that I posted a year or so ago is a bit short, but there are a bunch of reader recommendations on it, too! Here it is:

Charlotte: Cccccccrrrrrryyyyy. I now feel in the mood for a good cry! Please can you help? I have read most of the ones you have listed last year but was wondering if there has been any new recommendations for a good book that can give me a good cry!

Sharon: I love ugly cry books!!!

Erin: Wow! I am bookmarking this one. Idk why, but this is the type of books I’m feeling lately. Thanks Maryse.

Yep. You know what? I think it’s time for a part two… ;) And here it is!

My latest “books that made me cry” recommendations (Quick Note: Okay so, while I used to pride myself on not being an easy “book-cryer”, it would seem I’m pretty much a book-cry-baby now, so for my list, I’m posting the ones that I remember my biggest emotional reactions from). AND then a list from our fellow readers right below it (and I’ve read the grand majority and cried in ‘em too):

The Edge of Never by Jessica Redmerski <— Wow… my other list *IS* old, ’cause this one feels like a “classic” to me now, and it’s not even on that list! GAH!!!!! One of the biggest physical, visceral reactions I’ve EVER had reading a book… OMG!!!!!!!!! This one! Now I know so many of you already know I’m all about this book (and have already read it – like Lisa: “…absolutely loved both of these books. My all time favorites“), and Julie: “J.A. Redmerski is my favorite writer, her writing is truly remarkable!! She is absolutely out of this world awesome!!” but I also know there are a bunch of new fellow readers that have joined us in the last year and haven’t read it. Kimmie agrees: “I just read The Edge of Never on your recommendation. I couldn’t put it down. This book made me sob so much that I had to pause and wipe my tear because my vision was so blurry I couldn’t continue.“ Take my advice. READ IT!!!!! :D One of my favorite books EVER!!! A tidbit from my review:

“Maybe two or three books total in my entire reading life that not only made me cry, but made me tremble and shake AFTER my cry-fest. After the fact. AFTER I finished the book. I’m still trembling as we speak.”

Check out my Book Review. You’ll see.

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
An UNDENIABLE favorite amongst SO many of us that love our tear-jerkers. Profound, real, exciting, intense and exquisite in every single way. WHAT. A. STORY! Every facet is explored lovingly and we get to feel it ALL. ALL. Bring that box of tissues with you. You’re gonna need it.A message that I sent to my friend Jackie (that bought me the book and insisted I read it):

“I cried (oh boy did I ever) … I know. I mean…. *spoiler* SO FREAKING HEARTBREAKING!!! I was going to text you at a certain point, and my husband said… “It’s like 4 am over there.” I said, “Too bad! She should know better. Time for her to wake up and comfort me.”

Here’s my Book Review.

Love, in English by Karina Halle <—- Oh GOSH the bus ride… not the first one (although awwww!!! LOVED it). But the second one. And all of it after… Yep. CRIED!!!!!!!! What a LOVE story!! A bit from my review:

“6:52am and I’m reading. And crying… Lucky i still have half of the book to go, but OMG if I’m already crying I’m in for it.”

Here’s my Book Review.

Forever, Interrupted: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— I sobbed pretttttyyyyy much… through the whole. Darn. Thing. There are no words. While I loved her other book (After I Do) a half star more than this one, THIS one made me soak my pajama top. And that’s what we’re looking for, right? ;) Wanna sneak peek at my pain?

“WHAT. AN. ENDING!!! I was blown away by that last line, eek but don’t you dare go look!!!!!! ;)

I was just… moved beyond belief, stunned into silence as big fat tears plopped off my cheeks, soaking my pajama top. And then I backed up, and re-read that last chapter again. And sobbed some more.”

Here’s my Book Review.

Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
I absolutely LOVED this series wayyyyy back in the day it was still indie, and while it was intense and emotional and romantic and angsty as HECK, there was a scene in the book that BROKE me. If you read this, you know the scene. A certain scene of “breaking”… submission. One of the most intense, sad, desperate, heartbreaking scenes that burned it’s way into my head and heart forever! And Jessica agrees: “Fifty Shades by E.L. James. — Need I say anything? Just wow. Out of all the 50 times I have read all three of the books I will NEVER get over them! Christians past & everything about him brought a tear to my eye or a smile to my face. Who could not love & cry over him?” Want a hint of my reaction from my review?

“OMG… Reading book 2 of Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m about halfway through and something so shocking just happened… I didn’t see it coming, and then all of the sudden I knew it would, and then… it did. Oh wow. My heart…”

Here’s my Book Review.

Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher
One of the most sob-inducing romance/anti-romance novels I’ve ever read. Oh it was a rough start for me at first. I was hovering on… well. Not caring much either way. But then it kicked in and BURNED it’s way into my mind. My heart. This one made me sob so hard I shook my mattress… making my husband’s snores sound funny. LOL!!!! *thank goodness he was asleep ’cause I looked ridiculous* And Toski agrees: “That one killed me.. “Not tonight Cathy.” <– haunts me” . Oumaima is right there with us! “Never cried more than when I was reading Arsen by Mia Asher, I’m still searching for that one book that would make me feel as much as I did while reading the jewel that Arsen is…“ Would you like a hint at how much I loved it?

“OMG I was wrecked. The emotion was building and building and then my anger turned to devastation. And in my absolute agony, I was delighted. This was the kind of soul-deep reaction that makes me never forget a book, and want to scream it from the rooftops. It. made. me. FEEL.”

Here’s my Book Review.

Bad Things (Tristan & Danika Book 1) by R.K. Lilley <— I LOVE when LOVE stories make me cry ’cause of break ups and crazy stuff in the relationship. It’s just a touch less devastating but still so devastating in it’s own right. This is one of those series!!! Crazy, angsty, tumultuous, bad-for-you love, but undeniable, unforgettable love, too. Wanna see a touch of my tears?

TEARS!!!!! OMG!!!!! THAT TORE my heart out. Oh it got torn out multiple times, mind you, but THAT? GAH!!! … So the fact that you guys say I haven’t seen nothing yet? Prepare to hold me, my friends. That was already hard enough. The author mentions “trainwreck” and she wasn’t kidding…

Here’s my Book Review.

The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters Book 3) by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Pure sob-inducing ecstasy. Oh gosh… even my mom cried. Yeah… this. Beautifully written, beautifully lived, just plain beautiful. Heartbreaking. Real. This. And Rebecca agrees: “…absolutely gutted me.“ A part of my review:

I had to distance myself as I was reading. It’s a… “reflex”. A self-preservation thing where if I have a good grasp of a painful issue right off the bat, well… I go into self-preservation mode. But it never works. I can hold back all I want. I can manage to reach the “sad” parts and maybe only tear up. Maybe only shed a tear, even. But it catches up to me. ALWAYS. Holding back only delays the inevitable.

Here’s my Book Review.

Reader Recommendations (P.S. I read a ton of these below, and agree with SO many of these recommendations. This is where my newfound “book-crybaby” status comes in. LOL!!! I included a link to my reviews next to each one that I also read).

  • Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— I’m right there with you guys on this one Gretchen: “Just finished Me Before You and I was crying so much my Husband asked me if I was ok!” and Kelley “I just wanted to thank you for recommending Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I started and finished it today, and I am still crying over it! I think I ugly cried through the last 100 pages even though I knew what was coming. The line that killed me, though, was when she told him it *spoiler* and he said, “*spoiler*”  UGH. I just lost it.” <— OH GOSH yes!!! I spoilered ‘em out just in case, but believe me. YES! And Nicole: “Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Ugly cry making everything blurry and dripping tears on the pages.” and Lily agrees: “Absolutely heart-wrenching, proper wailing material. And beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…”(my Book Review)
  • Ugly Love: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— Michelle says: “everything Colleen Hoover writes….” Yep. It is pretty clear that Colleen Hoover likes to make her readers cry! :P Almost every book in her repertoire made this list (and they have been mentioned over and over again by our fellow readers). This latest one? Perfect for this list! In fact Carri says: “Ugly Love? Change the name to Ugly Cry, because that’s what you’re going to do. My favorite read of the summer!” and ciaradh agrees! “Ugly Love made me cry so much I had to change my pillow cover..I had to finish it the day I bought it and I kept reading until 2 AM.” (my Book Review)
  • Slammed: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— Oh yeah. I carve pumpkins over this one for sure! Ummm… if you haven’t read it yet, you’ll get what that means when you do. ;)  Flor cries over this one, too! “Slammed was definitely the one I’ve felt the most and I’ve reread it a bunch of times and I still cry when I read it! These books are so well written you can’t help it, you gotta love them!” (my Book Review)
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover <— Colleen Hoover makes us cry with all of her books, it would seem. Trish cried over this one! “Hopeless really made me cry so damn hard, I tried to hold back my tears but my eyes betrayed me. It was just so amazing, the story was incredibly awesome.” (my Book Review)
  • Trust Me (TAT: A Rocker Romance Book 1) by Melanie Walker <— Oh! Bad boy rockers that will make us cry? YES PLEASE!! Patty LOVED these: “OMG… I JUST READ Trust Me AND Forgive Me (TAT: Rocker romance) by melanie walker……Omg.. I have cried before with books, but this duet I did the ugly cry, I’m hoping there will be a 3rd book. This is up there with  beautiful disaster, hopeless, the mighty storm… I have never contacted you since following you for 2 years about a book, these books gutted me.”
  • Transcendence by Shay Savage <— Melody wants more like this one! “I bought Shay Savage’s Transcendence about a month ago, and for some reason I didn’t begin reading it; I kept skipping over it….BUT…. I decided to try it this week and now I can’t get it out of my head!!!! I mean, wow!!! I loved it! I even ugly cried!!! I have tried to start other books, but my brain keeps going back to that one!!! It’s becoming a problem! Ha. What do I do in this situation? Could you recommend something?” (my Book Review)
  • Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn <—- Kristina cried over this one! “Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn. A total 5 star read for me. I would rate it up there with Asher’s Voice & Left Drowning. I laugh, smiled & ugly cried my way through the whole damn thing! Ooh, and it has a major secret / twist that kind of propels the first half of the book. Seriously, for me this book was perfection.” (my Book Review)
  • Wethering the Storm (The Storm Series) by Samantha Towle <— Oh! This one might make us blubber!! Now THAT is an ugly cry. LOL!! Amy did! “OMG!! I started and finished Wethering the Storm, the book after The Mighty Storm, yesterday. You HAVE to read this. Your review of the first book says you cried. Just wait! I was a blubbering fool and I think my heart stopped at “the” one point. It’s still beating unsteady. LOL! You definitely won’t be disappointed with this book.
  • Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey <— Oh I remember this one’s blurb. Gave me a jolt and after this recommendation by Shanda, I MUST read it!!! ASAP! “It was wow…. I mean WOW!!!  Amazing story, Elle Casey writes her characters with such depth, it is raw with emotions that will just reach down and touch your soul.  I felt like I was being sucked right into their world, I cried when they cried and I laughed when they laughed, and hurt when they hurt.   I have a feeling this book will stay with you many days after finishing.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins <— Yep! I cried. And so did Sarah: “The hunger games trilogy I ugly cried all night long when I finished” (my Book Review of #1)
  • Every Rose by Lynetta Halat <— Yep! Cried. So did Stephanie: “My ugly cry book was Every Rose by Lynetta Halat” (my Book Review)
  • The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons  <— Renate says: “Easy….The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons!” And Michelle agrees: “Several parts of the Bronze Horseman Trilogy (involving lakes and such)….” And Jill agrees too! “I am not a person to cry. Never have been. BUT…. The Bronze Horseman about did me in – the ending especially. I could barely finish it. :(“ And me too! Oh GOSH yes!!!! Me too!!! (my Book Review)
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon <— This is Mandy’s “Ugly Cry” pick. “Making Faces by Amy Harmon. First ugly cry… reliving 9/11 through the eyes of teenagers in a classroom. There were a few more ugly cries through this book, but telling where would be a spoiler.” and Rebecca agrees: “…major wailing, weeping, and snot involved…” <— Hehe. Ew! ;)  (my Book Review)
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander Book 8) <— Michelle cried with this one! “Parts of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (involving roofs and such)….” Gah!! I love this series and need to catch up so I can cry over this one, too!
  • Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson <— Jo suggests this one “Oh and Crazy Good!” YES YES YESSSS!!! Oh YES. BIG FAT TEARS for me. Wow. WOW!!!! I loved that book so hard! (my Book Review)
  • Against All Odds by Angie McKeon <— Jessica’s recommended tear-jerker: “Against All Odds by Angie McKeon… I’m not a big cryer and this book had me ugly crying for chapters!!!” and Sharon agrees: “Ugly cried at the prologue!!
  • CARNAGE: Book #1 The Story Of Us by Lesley Jones <— Whitney recommends these “CARNAGE and CARNAGE #2… Geeze. These were definitely books that made me cry.” and Michelle agrees! “Carnage (The Story of Us) – I mean really, that is NOT suppose to happen in books…. at least not books I read!” and Tracie agree, too! “Ugly cry for me carnage 1 & 2 ugly crying for sure …” and Nikki (for this one, and the one just below): “Carnage by Lesley Jones and Captured by Jasinda Wilder…I cried, literally sobbing with real ugly tears and drowned myself in ice cream.” (my Book Review)
  • Captured by Jasinda Wilder <— Oh yes!! This one gave me a serious blurb jolt. I wanna read it, especially after Lesley said: “Captured by the Wilder’s. So good. A tortured POW with a bad case of PTSD. Marine wife left home struggling with life and her own grief. Lots of feels. Good stuff.
  • Unbeloved (Undeniable Book 4) by Madeline Sheehan <— Awwwww!! I agree with Jan when she says: “Unbeloved – when a tough biker cries so do I. There were a couple of sobs through book. It was the last book I ever expected to cry in“. I need to read this one since I was so highly anticipating it. It came out right around Book Bash so I was a bait too scattered, but I’m back and ready for it!! :D
  • Holding On (Lights of Peril Book 1) by A.C. Baxtor <— Speaking of bikers and crying, somewhere in this series (lots of books in it, so I’m not sure exactly which one)… had many ugly crying! Michelle said: “And Lights of Peril Series…. again… that is NOT supposed to happen in books!!!!
  • PS, I Love You: A Novel by Cecelia Ahern <— Sherida recommends this one! “p.s. I love you by Cecelia Ahern: When I started reading this book I was sitting in the tram (public transportation) and I had to shut down the e-reader b/c people started to notice the weird women crying in her seat. Utterly embarrassing.” <— that MOVIE turned me into a blubbering mess. I can’t even fathom trying to actually read it. I wouldn’t be able to see the words through all of the tears…
  • The Problem With Crazy (Crazy in Love Book 1) by Lauren McKellar <— Kristine says: “The problem with crazy by Lauren McKellar - I was devestated for 2 weeks after it” TWO WEEKS!??? Gah. This sounds perfect!
  • Wynn In Doubt by Emily Hemmer <— Another one on Kristine’s cry-list! “Wynn in doubt - Emily Hemmer - my husband asked me what was wrong who died…” Oh yesssss I love when husband’s are so struck by our tears that they feel the need to get involved. LOL!!
  • More Than Forever (More Than Series, Book 4) by Jay McLean <— Another recommendation from Kristine: “More than forever - Jay McLean - gahhh months later and I still get teary thinking about it…
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma <— Right there with you on this one, Kristine! I read it too! She says: “Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma - ugly crying isn’t even the word – this book broke me in ways I didn’t even know were possible…” and Michelle agrees: “Forbidden scared me too, but I had a friend call me @ 3am sobbing about this book, so much so I couldn’t understand what she was saying through the hiccups & blowing her nose. So- I hung up w/her, threw caution to the wind & downloaded it. Needless to say, after not getting any sleep that night & reading the entire next day I was an all cried out walking zombie. Oh & I have 2 brothers so I definitely was feeling the creepy yuck factor before starting this book, BUT am so happy I did….“ (my Book Review)
  • Kismet by A.E. Woodward <— And one more by Kristine (her reactions have me really excited to try these!). She says: “Kismet by AE Woodward – I still can’t write a review because I’m still to raw” <– Whoa.
  • Left Drowning by Jessica Park <— Erin’s choice: “Left Drowning by Jessica Park!! I know it’s older, but I just read it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.” (my Book Review)
  • Innocents (Dusty Book 1) by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth <— Teresa’s choices are: “This year’s ugly cry books for me were Innocents by Mary Elizabeth…
  • Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace,
  • Tethered by LD Davis,
  • Death of a Rock Star: A Boy in the Band Novella by NJ Frost and
  • After I Do: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— Agreed Teresa. I read this one and it is one of my favorites this year!!!! (my Book Review)
  • Taking Chances by Molly McAdams <— Carri’s choice: “of course, the ultimate ugly cry, Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Unfortunately, there is nothing about either that I can say that would not spoil both. Just read!” and Jenna agrees: “Taking Chances by molly mcadams. I cried so hard and almost couldnt finish reading. For days i thinking bout it still upsets me and i read it over 2 months ago!” Yep. I cried with this one, too! (my Book Review)
  • Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher <— Betty’s choice! “Mud Vein. Cried. Pathetically.” and Bethany agrees: “Mud Vein still guts me. Any little thing can trigger it. A carousel, rope, drums… It’ll hit me at the weirdest times!” and Jill says: “If I even hear Landscape I start balling.” and then MichelleS said: “I did cry like a blubbering fool at the end of that one…. going through all of THAT crazy mind-f#ck and then, then, then…. you KNOW….. my throat is starting to hurt again just thinking about it.“ <— YEP! YES!!!! (my Book Review)
  • Unforgiven by Elizabeth Finn <— Dina loved it! “Unforgiven – Elizabeth Finn. Gut wrenching, emotional read… Loved it. But make sure you have tissues.” LOL! Okay so that one scraggly one next to my bed ain’t gonna cut it, huh? ;) Thanks for the warning!
  • Emi Lost & Found Series by Lori Otto <— Jessica’s choice and so many of us loved (and cried with) this one! (my Book Review)
  • Present Perfect by Alison Bailey <— Jen LOVED it! “Present Perfect by Alison Gaskin Bailey. One of my favorite books ever!!!”
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners Book 5 by Tiffany Reisz <— Angie’s choice! “I cried really hard reading The Saint by Tiffany Reisz. It was so beautifully written and Nora’s pain was so palpable through every word. That intense longing she felt for Soren and him for her… God! Just the way the story as a whole was laid out, it was painful yet exquisite.
  • Beloved (The Belonging Series #1) by Corinne Michaels <— Sharon’s recommendation.
  • Between Before and After by Amanda Dick <— Sharon recommends this one, too! Holy moly that cover already makes me wanna cry!
  • Because of Ellison by M.S. Willis <— Laura’s choice: “I cried through most of this book.”
  • There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness #1) (Darkness Series) by Claire Contreras <— Laura recommends this one, too!
  • Vital Sign by J.L. Mac <— and she recommends this one, too: “…it is a story that has the true ugly version of grief. She lost her husband and she has to go meet three people who received his organs. It’s a beautiful/ugly story about grief, moving on, and love.” Oh YES! I remember this blurb. YES YES YES!!! Sounds sooooo good!
  • Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer <— Leanne suggests this one! From the blurb: “My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.” Oh noooo I’m already sad!
  • The Unwanted Wife (The Unwanted Series) by Natasha Anders <— Suzy cried over this one: “The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders is the first one that pops in my head”
  • When It Rains (Rains Standalone Book 1) by Lisa De Jong <— I knew this one was going to come up! I cried too! Jennifer says: “I was reading it in bed & by the end was in the fetal position heaving & sobbing!! The kind if crying that gives you the hiccups and leaves your sinuses plugged up the next day.” (my Book Review)
  • The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.b. Simmons <— Adrienne lets us know which ones made her cry: “ I’ve been fortunate enough to ugly cry a few times this year. Each story is different, each author amazing. ALL these books are worth the ugly tears!”
  • Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry <— Another of Adrienne’s recommendations and YES I MUST AGREE!!! I LOVED this one too! (my Book Review) and
  • Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror #9) by Karina Halle <— Adrienne also suggest this one! This is the conclusion to one of my favorite series in the world, so I can imagine I will cry!
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden <— Hope loved a few from above, AND this one! “Have several – the Emi Lost and Found series by Lori Otto, Bright Side by Author Kim Holden, and Carnage by Lesley Jones - all big fat ugly cry can’t breathe tears!! “
  • Rainfall by Melissa Delport <— Jill says: “Rainfall. When the truth come out. OMG! Gutted me.” <— YES!! Yessssssss OMG YES!!!! I LOVED this book!! (here’s my Book Review)
  • Book Boyfriend Series Boxed Set <— Stacey says: “Erin Noelle’s book boyfriend series abosolutely adored them even during my ugly tears”
  • Blood Promise: A Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead <— Carla has a few paranormals that made her cry, and I was RIGHT THERE WITH HER!!! “Blood Promise – Chr!st! This was another book that i cried the whole time. Rose’s pain was too much for me. I had to lock myself in my room and put my pillow in my face.” and Mala agrees: “Wow! Most heartbreaking YA books i’ve ever read.” (here’s my Book Review)
  • Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4) by Jeaniene Frost <— And this one! Carla says: “ Destined for an early grave – I cried like a baby when he *spoiler* her and then when she *spoiler* him. God that was bad for me.” <— YES. This book KILLED ME. I will never forget that scene, and that whole intense “thing”. One of my favorite books ever! And Jeannie agrees! “Yes, that scene broke my heart. When he told her…..and then she….Wow, so intense.” <— YEP!! (here’s my Book Review)
  • Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels <— This one also made Carla cry: “Trust in Advertising – Oh that end… I couldn’t stop crying.”
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld Book 1) by Gena Showalter <— Kara has a paranormal one that made her cry, too! “The other biggie for me was a particularly heart wrenching scene in the first book in the Lords of the Undearworld Series by Gena Showalter “The Darkest Night” between Ashlyn and Maddox…..loved me some Maddox :)” and Heidi agrees! “If you are looking for a book that lays all the emotion out there, you have to try Gen Showalter’s first book in the Lords of the Underworld series: The Darkest night. I have read them all and it will probably always be my favorite. It will literally rip your heart out. There is such a gut-wrenching grief at the end of the book that you can’t help but ache for them. Please give this one a try.” (here’s my Book Review)
  • Acheron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12) (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— Another paranormal masterpiece! Yani says: “This was my # 1 up until Slammed, this series is one of my favorites and this is my favorite character and for 15 (?) books we kept getting glimpses of his story, but I don’t think we had an idea of what this character went through. It broke my heart over and over again, specially to think that even though this is fiction to many people suffer like that in real life. His childhood was just horrible.” And Brandy agrees: “Ohhhh man I forgot about Acheron that was a big one for me!” (here’s my Book Review)
  • Heart on a Chain by Cindy C. Bennett <— Yani loved this one, too! “OMG this book, also with the main character having a horrible abusive childhood, I couldn’t believe what I was reading and at times had to put it down because it was too much. And again I kept thinking of all the kids that go through abuse like that every single day, I felt her pain, her fear, it was a tough read.
  • Collision Course by S.C. Stephens <— Another Yani tear-jerker: “*sigh* so tragic, yet such a wonderful story of healing. I love SC, the way she develops the characters on her books is just amazing, you feel like you know them and you can’t help but be affected the way the are, if they are happy you are too, if they are angry you are too. I felt their pain, very tragic situations, but also felt their growth.” and Mariel agrees: “I cried almost the whole night because the characters and the pain and love felt so real to me… :’)” and Krysta agrees: “I didn’t know i could physically shed so may tears. For beginning to end I was a blubbering fool. In my opinion a definite must read!!
  • Handle with Care: A Novel by Jodi Picoult <— Sheri’s suggestion: “my 1st Jodi Picoult & boy did that have me bawling!”
  • After The Night by Linda Howard <— recommended by Jessica: “OMG! If you have never read this wonderful book, I strongly recommend it to you. It just completely tore me up inside. The way everybody treated Faith and how they seen her just broke my heart for her. The pride she had for herself enough to be strong & face everyone that thought ill of her just made me so envious! And how Gray treated her? After they first be together, what he says to her just blew my mind! But when he let himself feel for her? LOVED IT!”
  • North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi) by Laura Kaye <— Jane says: “…had me sobbing earlier this year, when Megan left to get some time to herself and Owen was trapped in the house with *spoiler* and the *spoiler*. Yup, triple Kleenex for me…
  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2): A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward <— Jane suggests this one: “…especially when Mary sends Rhage away then realises her mistake and comes running back out to him. For some reason I also particularly love the scene in his car, where she asks him to “drive fast”. I’m filling up thinking about it” <— I LOVED it, too!! (my Book Review)
  • Hot Night by Shannon McKenna <— Jane cried with this one, too! “…it twisted my emotions as bad-boy Zan and nice-girl Abby kept falling apart at the seams”
  • Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts) by Stacia Kane <— Mala loved this one: “The BIG fight between Terrible and Chess was devastating . And The way Stacia Kane describes her feeling in the aftermath it’s very realistic . She just … broke my heart .” and I MUST agree. This is one of my favorite paranormal series ever (even the book before this one!), and the reason I love it so much is for the intensity of the romantic angst. SUCH agonizing torture and delight!!!!!!!! (my Book Review)
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman <— Missy says: “I did not cry at any of those books. But there is one that got me. If I stay – Gayle Forman” Oh yes. This one’ll get ya! (my Book Review)
  • Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2) by Diana Gabaldon <— Jeannie cried!! “Even though I knew it was coming, the scene broke my heart and had me sobbing.” Yep. (my Book Review)
  • Poppy’s Passions by Stephanie Beck <— Rebecca recommends this one! “Poppy’s Passion by Stephanie Beck made me cry.”
  • Phantom by Susan Kay <— Robyn says: “Gawd I love that book!”
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham <— Amy cried! “I cried from page three until the end. I could not even finished the last 10 pages without blowing my nose every few lines. I was still teared up hours after. I did not even start another book for more then 24 hours after I finished. Odd for me as I read sometimes 5 books a week”
  • Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott <— Amy recommends this one, too! “An emotional story of regret, loss and moving on.”
  • Never Change by Elizabeth Berg <— Nicole highly recommends this one! “…the one book that has stuck in my mind for several years is: Elizabeth Berg~ Never Change (this book made me cry over and over every time I thought about it). A must read!”
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold <— Made Norma cry! “I read The Lovely Bones way before it was a movie. The book is so much better.I thought. I cried thru it.” and Bev agrees: “I’m not a big book crier. The Lovely Bones did me in.
  • The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham Book 1) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss <— and this one, too!
  • The Power of One: Young Readers’ Condensed Edition by Bryce Courtenay <— Mel loved these: “There are a couple of books that got me though, truly moving, powerful and sometimes hard to keep going! The Power of One and its sequel Tandia by Bryce Courtenay are amazing…”
  • God Shaped Hole: A Novel by Tiffanie DeBartolo <— Monique recommends it! “When you get the chance, check out God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo.”
  • Cry No More (Howard, Linda) by Linda Howard <— Kat loved it! “I would like to add Linda Howard’s “Cry No More” to the list. I tear up while reading many books, but this one had me sobbing.” and Carol agrees! “Oh great list! I forgot about Cry No More by Linda Howard. I sobbed so hard that I had a headache for hours after it.
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah <— Theresa recommends this one! “I have a terrible habit of occasionally reading ahead…which I did with this book. I found a part that made me cry like a baby and then I was so mad at the book I put it down for a couple of weeks. My BFF and reading buddy, kept telling me to finish it, so finally I picked it up again and I did finish it, but even knowing what was coming I still cried like a baby, twice more before I was done with the book.” and Sheri agrees! “OMG…I totally forgot about Firefly Lane. That book had me bawling like a baby. I must add that to my list!
  • Years by LaVyrle Spencer <— Bridget LOVES this one! “Years by LaVyrle Spencer. Favorite book ever!” and my mom and aunt agree! I need to read this ASAP!
  • Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin <— Kylee cried! Her husband was worried. LOL! “My husband was totally freaked out that I was crying. He asked why I was reading it if it made me cry! Usually he doesn’t ask anymore, he just awkwardly pats my back, but he knew I had just started the book, so couldn’t believe I was already crying!”
  • Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, #1) by Rebecca Donovan <— Kylee loved this one, too! “Good freaking Lord! I haven’t finished the second book yet. I want the third book out first, so I can start reading it as soon as I’m done with the second. I know I will sob through the other books in the series!” (my Book Review)
  • Night Road (Reading Group Gold) by Kristin Hannah <— This one made Erin cry! “If you want a book that will make you bawl read “The night road” by Kristin Hannah. Omg!!!! This one hits all the fear and pain when you are a parent. So so so good. I also just read “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah. Also made me cry but not quite as good as the night road.”
  • Home Front: A Novel by Kristin Hannah <— and Jennifer LOVED it! “OMG I cried for 4 hours straight. My eyes were a wreck the next day. I’m sooo glad my husband and son weren’t home. They would have laughed their butts off. jerks.”
  • Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder <— Barbara cried! “falling into you by jasinda wilder. you know what’s going to to happen, but daaang if you don’t end up snot-bubble-blowing-ugly-crying anyway! and talk about steamy….whoa. i’ll never look at doorframes the same way again :) )))”
  • Chasing Nikki (Chase Walker Book 1) by Lacey Weatherford <— Krystal’s tear-jerker: “The first book that had me bawling… literally sobbing my heart out was Chasing Nikki… holy sh!t! I had read reviews and was warned I would need a box of tissues so I did expect tears but I really didn’t think I would need an actual whole box… well I came very close. And I had to walk away from my Kindle for a few minutes just to compose myself enough to continue reading.”
  • Playing in the Rain by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— Debbie gave us her friend’s “cry-list” and this one is on it!
  • Today Only by D. Love <— And this one! “In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.
  • The Note by Teresa Mummert <— and this one…
  • Barefoot In the Grass by Judith Arnold <— and this one!
  • Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise, Book One) by Chelsea M. Cameron <— and this one!
  • Away by B.A. Wolfe <— Trisha says: “Great list. Away by B. A. Wolfe is the last book that made me cry” and then more started piping in about it’s awesomeness.

Tracie: Away by B.a. Wolfe, outstanding and made me cry like a girl

Kod: …I don’t like to cry or sad books. Like at all. Ever. Then one day this girl I shall never forgive (Tracie Payne) said, “read this book… It’s sooo good!) Unsuspecting, I did. I was a blubbering MESS!!! The book was Away by BA Wolfe. A must read MARYSE! So good and I eventually thanked T for the rec. Loved it!

Tracie: It’s soo good! Kodi you loved it. And I have Trisha Reads to thank for that as well. She totally got me

Kodi: FYI! Go in blind with that one peeps!

Tracie: Yes^^ only way to go

Trisha: When I said it was the last book I read that made me cry, I failed to mention I made a few others cry as well. It is worth every tear, but as my friends above said, just go in blind and expect one beautiful emotional ride. This debut book blew me away.

  • What’s Left of Me by Amanda Maxlyn <— Toski recommends this one! “Its gut wrenching as well. Beautiful but shreds your heart”
  • Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy <— Rebecca suggests this one: “Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy, was one of my biggest Fugly cries this year, several times through the book, but she beautifully puts us back together.” and Dana agrees: “I cannot put into words how amazingly beautiful this story is…you cry, you laugh, you shout, you cry again. A box of tissues is a definite with the book…”
  • Drifting into Darkness by J.M. La Rocca <— Kim says “…gutted me”.
  • Love is a Fire (Burning Lovesick Book 1) by Lyssa Layne <— Dana recommends this one! “…she rips your heart out but slowly puts it back together (and I hope its finally healed in the 2nd book)”
  • Promises Hurt (The Promises Series Book 1) by Elle Brooks <— and Dana recommends this one, too: “…you know from the beginning it will be a tear jerker but its still guts you.”
  • Broken Wings by Erica Ashby <— This one sealed Lauren’s eyes shut! Eeeeep!! ;) “Broken Wings by Erica Ashby. I’m not a big cryer (having 4 brothers, no sisters & 3 sons, no daughters….I live in a sea of testosterone) but this book….OMG, my eyes swelled shut I cried so hard.”
  • Tempt My Heart: A Brittan McKenna Story by Danielle Jamie <— Danicka’s cry-choice: “Big fat ugly cry. But don’t let that deter you because it’s also about second chances. Has a hot Marine & a Rock star. Just really good!
  • Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec <— Bev’s recommendation: “…great book and so different than her other book I’d read. And it brought the tears.”
  • Ruining Me by Nicole Reed <— Mandy recommends this one! “I can say I don’t think any other books had me crying like Ruining Me and Ruining You by Nicole Reed. Literally balling my eyes out. If I haven’t read them you should add them to your list.” and Krystal agrees: “The only other books that have had me that emotionally wound up and devastated and uncontrollably sobbing were Ruining Me and Ruining You. These were 2 awesome reads but holy hell did they wrench my heart.
  • Ruining You by Nicole Reed <— and here’s the second one!
  • The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan <— I hear this one’s a dark read but will make you cry! Laura says: “The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan!!!! Oh it was horrific I think I cried the whole book! I’m crying just thinking about him…. Oh maryse it’s dark very very dark great story but oh if u felt sorry for archer in archers voice this guy will break ur heart so much…” and then: “Oh the tied man is in the freezer Amy not because it’s scary it’s just to much!! Oh u will need a reading buddy to get through it’s an amazing story though u want to commit violence towards some of them yourself oh I think I will have to read it again just for the torture lol…


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Amy August 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Why do we do this to ourselves? Because it’s a great way to expend emotions and gives us a good excuse to cry when we just need a good ol’ gut-churning fugly cry…and we all need those sometimes…or at least *I* do. ;) Love this list!

I recognized so many above which I’ve already read that made me *bawl* and the rest are being sorted in a Kindle app collection titled “Ugly Criers.” Tristan and Danika…that is one “trainwreck” that I would experience over and over again if I could!

trouseau August 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

present perfect!!! i highly recommend !!!! it’s a really beautiful story… you will cry, but you will laugh .:)))

Maryse August 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Right there with you Amy!!! That was a crazy-angsty series!!! LOVED IT!

Trouseau! Yep!! It’s up there. :D

Jen August 16, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Ya know, I haven’t been able to read another book by Charles Sheehan Miles after I read The Last Hour. It broke my heart and I have been mad at him ever since! Lol

Laura August 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Oh I have 2 jahleel when she’s listening to the songs :( and one that I can’t remember the name of god I will find it but it’s not because it was love heartbreaking it’s because what they did to him was so bad traumatising bad :( oh I will find the name!

Laura August 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan!!!! Oh it was horrific I think I cried the whole book! I’m crying just thinking about him

Maryse August 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Oh YAY Laura!! It’s on my main TBR list!!!!

Linda August 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Oh Amy I agree the whole Tristan/Danika series for sure. Transcendence, Archer’s Voice, Wethering the Storm, the Moore series and the Driven trilogy also just had me bawling snotty nose and all. Loved them all with my whole soft heart!!!

Laura August 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Oh maryse it’s dark very very dark great story but oh if u felt sorry for archer in archers voice this guy will break ur heart so much

Michelle F August 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Outlander was the first book I had cried reading since I was a teenager. Then the tears continued at some point in all the subsequent books of that series. Sad, happy, and everything in between. I’ve read so many from your list above, but I’ll be adding a few more to my tbr list now. It’s inspiring me to invest in a case of kleenex and enjoy!

Amy August 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I’ve been scared to read The Tied Man! I read a very small excerpt one time and wanted to cry from that alone. It’s sitting on my iPad, but I think I need a buddy read. Volunteers? Anyone?? Please??!! There’s a manatee snuggle in it for you!! ;)

Yay for crazy/angsty reads and snotty-nose bawling! *giggle* Love you ladies!

Maryse August 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Amy! I want to read it next, but gotta finish Breath first…

Amy August 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Yay! *clapping hands* We are so in for it with Tied Man, LOL!

Kim Box Person August 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

OMG I finally took the plunge and read Taking Chances last night!!!! I sobbed like snotty crying. …I kept going out in our garage so I wouldn’t wake hubby lol…I spent hours in my garage…I decided to read Stealing Harper tonight so I’m setting up a cot and moving into my garage tonight lol

Amy August 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Kim, I cried with Taking Chances, but Stealing Harper had me bawling and fugly snot crying at the end. I thought I was prepared for it. Nope. Chase wasn’t my favorite in TC, but I really fell in love with him in SH. Wasn’t expecting that. ;)

Fabi August 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I’m going to have to break down and read both Archers Voice and the Tristan and Danika story because you all mention them so often that my wall of resistance to these cry my heart out stories is crumbling around the edges. I’ve read a few of the ones on the lists above but it was accidentally. I’ve never jumped head first into one I knew was going to make me cry. But I’ve just finished two that weren’t gut wrenching so maybe I can handle one of these next. I generally need long breaks between them. I know, I know, I’m a wuzz when it comes to these kind of stories. Give me action, fighting, crazy a$$ characters but please don’t break my heart (too often).

Jaime August 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Taking Chances…ugh. That book got to me big time. Over a year later and it still evokes such strong emotions in me. I actually removed it from my kindle because it hurt to even look at it! I can’t even think about reading Chase’s pov. It would gut me.

Jackie August 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Jaime, right there with you on Taking Chances – but I read Stealing Harper at the same time – got both characters POV that way. I still can’t even think about it without it getting to me big time. Nothing else has stuck with me like that, although Mud Vein came close.

MichelleS August 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Someone mentioned Mud Vein – I forgot about that – I did cry like a blubbering fool at the end of that one…. going through all of THAT crazy mind-f#ck and then, then, then…. you KNOW….. my throat is starting to hurt again just thinking about it.

Laura August 17, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Oh the tied man is in the freezer Amy not because it’s scary it’s just to much!! Oh u will need a reading buddy to get through it’s an amazing story though u want to commit violence towards some of them yourself oh I think I will have to read it again just for the torture lol

Jean August 17, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Maryse, the only ones from your list I haven’t read are Me Before You and Loving Mr Daniels, and I bought them a long time ago!!!! Read many of the others or have them downloaded……The Last Hour will always stick with me and I understand being mad at the author for that one Jen!

Just checked out The Tied Man and would love to buddy read with you guys (as soon as I finish Tall Tatted and Tempting which I am loving)!

Julie August 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I rarely cry but I did a few times in Carnage #2. It was such a good book. Better than the first one – I 5 starred it!

Fabi August 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I started Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. Decided to keep being a good girl and read from my TBR again. This one had my gut clenching practically from page 1 and fighting tears by 10% mark.

It’s supposed to be totally YA but it hasn’t felt like it so far. There’s a parent/child theme which already has me in knots.

Wish me luck ladies.

Andrea Weltman August 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I’d love to subscribe to your blog.. I can’t wait to read some of the books you recommend that will make me cry.

Andrea Weltman August 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Can’t wait to read some of these books that’ll make me cry…

bev August 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Oh, no. I have Tied Man in my tbr, a little afraid of it now.
I’m not a big book crier. The Lovely Bones did me in. If I Stay such a lovely book. Emit lost and found series I put the second one down and have not picked it back up yet. I was totally unspoiled saw and loving the first one.Realized the book was almost over and bought the second and third, lol. I’ll probably pick them up again. Case of wrong time wrong book and a little angry at the twist. Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec great book and so different than her other book I’d read. And it brought the tears.

Maryse August 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Welcome Andrea!!! :D So glad you found us!

Maryse August 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Okay I’m not finished Breathe yet (long book!) but I just bought “The Tied Man” so when we’re ready I’m jumping in! :D

bev August 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Just saw Cry No More by Linda Howard on the list. That book hurts and yes I cried.

I just realized I also have Vital Sign, Left Drowning, and Fighting Redemption along with Tied Man on my tbr. May have to make sure I space those out.

Mandy August 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I can say I don’t think any other books had me crying like Ruining Me and Ruining You by Nicole Reed. Literally balling my eyes out. If I haven’t read them you should add them to your list.

MichelleS August 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Fabi – I LOVED Archer’s Voice (a top read for me), and I liked T&D, just didn’t rock my world like it did for others…. although I liked it a lot better than the Up in the Air Series….

Jean – I haven’t read Me Before You either, so that makes 2 of us! Really liked Loving Mr Daniels a lot. One of the better ones in that genre.

Ya’ll are brave – Tied Man is scaring me…. I’ll wait for your review. I’m thinking Losing Me Finding You is in the mix next…..

Fabi August 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Michelle, Archer’s Voice stayed on my wish list for now. I started Unmaking Hunter Kennedy from my TBR which I thought was going to be a sweet YA. False advertising. It belongs in this list. I’m at 20% now and I have to put it down. Going to go play guitar for a while and chill. I can’t handle overwhelming emotions like this. I just want to gather up these kids and make their lives perfect for them. Take away all bad things and give them a happy fun life to enjoy.

I was going to read Losing Me Finding You next but I somehow forgot. That’s #1 on my wish list right now. Hopefully I won’t be too destroyed after my current one to go on to that one.

Savannah August 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I love books that make you cry. My big criers would have to be Harry potter and the deathly hallows, mockingjay, les miserables, beyonders chasing the prophesy, of mice and men, flowers for algernon…… goodness there are so many!

Fabi August 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Savannah I have read every one of those greats. Agree! Not that I like to cry but those are all so moving, so impactful. *sigh* the things authors can do to us…

Fabi August 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Michelle, Loving Mr Daniels for me was up there with Slammed…if not better.

Can y’all tell I’m taking a break from reading? hahaha too many posts from me

Danielle August 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton made me cry so hard I thought I was going to hyperventilate!

Laura August 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Ok maryse Amy Jean let me know when ur ready for the tied man I will read it with u all again oh the torture!!! I need to know it’s not just me being over sensitive I’ve read a lot of dark reads but this one was just unlike the rest

Kate August 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Wow what a great list! Kismet as you know knocked me off my rocker. Talk about a nasty old cry!

bev August 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Oh there were a couple of the Harry Potter books that had me crying. Little Women and a couple scenes from the Anne of Green Gable books did me in to.

bev August 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Maryse I’m curious. What part are you on in Breathe?

Pia August 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Could you please put this list under Recommendations? It will be easier to find then?

Jean August 17, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I just bought The Tied Man too! Let me know when we are starting!!

Maryse August 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It’s already in there, Pia. :)

Laura August 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Oh crap I better go defrost it from the freezer jean so it’s ready :(

Maryse August 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m in the middle. Malachi is still missing. It’s good, but kind of longish or maybe I’m a slow reader this weekend… It’s taking me awhile.

Amy August 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

So far it’s Maryse, Jean, Laura (re-read!) and me for The Tied Man. Woo-hoo!!!! Anyone else going to brave it with us? ;) I’m thinking tomorrow (*possibly* tonight) is going to work for starting it. Nice to know I’m not the only one who needs a support group to read it! *giggle*

Amy August 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Sweet Gum Tree made me cry because I just wanted things to be so different for them than what happened. The scene with Alix and Nick in the barn near the end with the pendant and sledgehammer when she finally broke…oh, my heart. *sob*

And I’m gonna bring up Room 212 again…her reaction to the climatic event and her actions after were so genuine and realistic that it made me all weepy. Especially when she goes to her mother who she is not really close to but who she needs so much at that point.

One more time…Tristan and Danika!!!!!!! :D Alright…alright!! I’ll stop!!! :P

Laura August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

We may need to start a therapy group after this never mind a reading group maryse I think u should give us a list of self help books after we do this maybe under the title of ‘what to do when traumatised by fiction’

bev August 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

It is a longer one, I think just over 400 pages. There is just something about the two of them. It looks like The Tied Man is just under that. Tempted to join as it has been sitting on my kindle for a while. It would have to be in little bites for me as I’m trying to get through a stack of soon to be or over due library books.

Ash H. August 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

There are a few I’ve read that made my bubble-snot-blowing-drowning-in-my-own-tears cry; Jasinda Wilder’s The Ever Series – complete mess. Utterly. Next would be Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall – UGH! And the last scared the crap out of me, made me cry, swoon, scare my pants off again then turn into a blubbering baby, Karina Halle’s last installment in the Experiment In Terror series Dust To Dust – POOR PERRY!!

bev August 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Uh-oh. That has me worried. I haven’t started book 1 of EIT series yet. Hmm wonder what kind of trip I’m heading for. Thinking those might be my October reads. A month of this Dex & Perry everyone loves. Though I’m a big baby and hate scary.

Rebecca August 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Archers Voice by Mia Sheridan, a beautiful story with all the feels, cried so much!!

Rebecka August 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

So many book memories you’ve brought up with this list…and new ones to add.
Amy so agree with Sweet Gum Tree!

Show the Fire by Susan Fanetti I’m tearing up just thinking about it. This book kicked my ass and hung my mascara flowing like a river-blubbering so hard can’t catch breath-red nosed snot face out to dry.

MichelleS August 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

So I decided to read Carnage #2 (even though book one gutted me)… and here I am at 6% bawling like an idiot. I think this book is going to kill me.

Danielle August 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I love The Tied Man it is one of my favorites. It starts a little slow but it picks up and you can’t put it down. Be warned it is very dark! I like dark and I cringed a few times. It is probably one of the darkest I have read but it is also one of the best. Enjoy ladies!

Leanne August 18, 2014 at 5:24 AM

Thoughtless by s.c stephens was an emotional roller coaster for me, loved it! Also the fault in our stars by john green another ugly crier much better than the movie, but they always are.

Jami August 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Rock and Roll Never Forgets by Barbara Stewart devastated me, and another book that I read on your reccommendation that hurt me was Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller.

Katherine Owen - Novelist August 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

This is a great list of books! I’m guilty in writing the ugly-cry novel, so I’m pleased to see so many devoted readers here. I’m partial to “The Bronze Horseman” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “April & Oliver” as my all-time favorites that grip the feels as well as my own, of course. ♥

Katherine Owen

bev August 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM

The Time Traveler’s Wife another that made me cry. Maybe I cry more than I think. I fell hard for that book, still clearly remember little scenes from it. Have not watched the movie though. I’ve seen reviews for it and probably does not do the book justice, but someday.

Jean August 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Danielle, thank you! You make me feel better about starting The Tied Man tonight!

Laura August 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Ok Jean Amy maryse when are we doing this? I’ve defrosted and left space in the freezer for when it’s finished again

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The Time Traveler’s Wife broke my heart. Stayed with me afterwards and is still me me now.

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I think I’m going to start Tied Man with y’all tonight. Danielle convinced me. I don’t think I’ve had a dark read for a while. Since I’m almost done with Unmaking Hunter Kennedy (which I love!), I’m going to jump on the bandwagon with all of you and Tied Man. Is anyone going to start a forum thread?

Laura August 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ok fabi I started the thread if anyone wants to join in! I’m under as mylaw not Laura just incase ur wondering!

Laura August 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Oh it’s in general discussion!

Lauren August 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

How about the Reluctant Dom. Cried big fat ugly tears.

Nara August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I keep forgetting to mention Sara Donati is a good read if you like Diana Garabaldon – Cross Stitch or Outlander (depending on where you’re from).Start with Into the Wilderness.

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Awesome Laura! Thanks. I’m going to go find it. If you have a sec, maybe you could post the link here? I’m definitely starting Tied Man tonight. (yes, I’m a little scared)

Jean August 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’m scared too Fabi! I just bought it. Haven’t read a dark one in a while so hoping I can handle it!

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM
Amy August 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I’m probably going to start Tied Man tonight. You ladies ready? *giggle* I don’t think I’ve ever needed reading buddies this badly before. Roll call! Laura…check. Jean…check. Fabi…check. Amy (me!)…check. Maryse…wait a minute! Maryse is ditching!!! Ooooooh, I’m gonna call her Book Dom! :P

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Maryse is ditching? She better hide when she hears that knocking on her door. Amy’s already sent her Book Dom.

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I’m not!!!! I’m not ditching!!! HERE I AM!!!!! LOL! I’m gonna start late, ’cause I got home late and now we’re cooking chicken ‘n dumplings before reading time. :D

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Darn it. I got mini-paddled for almost not reading. LOL! ;)

bev August 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

So everyone is reading Tied Man? Think I’ll start too, though I’ll be behind you guys as will be reading library books too.

Chicken and dumplings sound good. I have only ever made the pioneer woman’s recipe. It’s pretty good.

Amy August 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

*hee hee* Maryse’s Book Dom was just in time for chicken ‘n dumplings…otherwise she would have gotten a *mean* paddling! :P

Amy August 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Yay!! Bev is joining us! :D

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Yeah chicken ‘n dumplings’ll tame any bad boy. ;)

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

AND OMG it was SOOOOOOOO good. SO good.

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Oh I LOVE the Pioneer Woman!!!! I don’t cook much (maybe once or twice a week) but I love to try out stuff online, and I’ve tried out her recipes too!

Maryse August 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Okay now I went crazy. I just made a huge Chinese spaghetti, too! It’s delicious!!! That one was my mom’s recipe though, but I couldn’t help myself. What is up with me cooking meals at 10:30pm? Time to read!

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I am definitely living vicariously through you tonight Maryse. I can’t remember the last time I had chicken and dumplings. And I don’t think I’ve ever had homemade. Yum yum yum

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Chinese spaghetti? You’ve lost me now. Never heard of that dish. But, right…Time to read before it gets too late. Can’t stay up all night tonight.

Amy August 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

*snort* Maryse tames bad boys with her “dumplings.” That’s a new name for ‘em!! :P

Pork chops and mushroom risotto for supper here with a big ol’ glass of sweet tea. VERY sweet. Something tells me I better have a martini on hand as well for tonight’s reading…

bev August 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Fabi, lol I was thinking the same thing. Never heard of it.
I’m not a very good cook but have been looking at The Outlander kitchen website and some of those look fun especially for fall.
5% in and unless pick up speed over 7 hrs, o_O

Fabi August 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Sheesh my dinner was a blt and a glass of water. I’m feeling a bit underprivileged here. hahaha I can’t cook to save my life. Good thing Mom does such a good job of it.

Amy August 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Mmmm…BLT’s are sooo yummy!

I just checked out some recipes for Chinese spaghetti and YUM!!

bev August 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Around 12% don’t think I’ll get to much further tonight. She is definitely different than Faye. Its funny because I have an episode of Sherlock on in the background. Another reason for my slow reading BC is slightly distracting.

Laura August 19, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Ok I’m up! Have u all started? Have u all joined the thread? Maryse tut tut for ditching! I know u are all snoozing right now so I will start to catch up!

Fabi August 19, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Laura it’s cool you’re overseas. Huge time diff. I’m on a guitar blog where most are in Europe and I’m the oddball with the time diff. I always wake up to a ton of new posts. Lol so cool

MichelleS August 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Feeling left out…..

I started Carnage #2 AND went back to work (work for schools so that’s a big big bummer – summer is o-ver)…. and Carnage #2 is good. I had forgotten a bunch of what happened in book 1, but it’s all coming back now. That was a doozy. I am hoping for a HEA. That author owes me one.

Post some good tid-bits about “Tied Man” so I’ll know if it’s worth squerreling over. My gut tells me I wouldn’t really like reading about a man in that position. That means I’d have to hate the alpha female, and I don’t like the idea…. can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Off to work…. BOO…..

Laura August 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Michelle it’s hard to give u tids without giving stuff away but this woman isn’t an alpha that u will hate she is without a doubt a monster and not like a Caleb in captive in the dark monster were u can feel sorry and start to weirdly fall for no this woman is just someone u can’t believe could be so sick! Grrr she makes my blood boil! Join the thread Michelle we will make u squirrel!!!

Jean August 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I agree Laura, it’s hard without giving too much away! I am at 21% and one thing I will say, the heroine is one tough cookie! And I can’t join the thread for some reason…been waiting for a confirmation email to join but haven’t gotten anything! Boohoo!

bev August 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Jean maybe check your spam folder if you have one. That is where mine was sent.
I’m having a hard time connecting with her. But I’m barely in.

Fabi August 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

omg Michelle we must be long lost twins. School is also the reason I am so busy the next few weeks.

Oh and in Tied Man, the h isn’t the monster. So far, early in the book, I’m already in love with both the h and H.

Jean August 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I keep checking my spam folder bev but nothing yet and I’ve been trying since last night…. I probably have everything screwed up! I haven’t completely connected with her yet either but I am hopeful:)

bev August 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The other thing it never showed up in one of my email accounts and so had to send it to another that was when it showed up in my email.

Laura August 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Jean maybe try connecting with ur Facebook?

Jean August 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Thanks guys, I’m not on Facebook though. Maybe I will have to create a new email address as much as I don’t want to.

Amy August 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hmmm…I can’t get to the thread either, Jean. I guess I signed up at some point (my turn with the dunce cap!) and have no idea what my password is. *sigh*

I have to finish my work and then I’m diving back in. If you need a drink while reading it, just remember it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!! :D At least that’s what I tell myself. ;)

Laura August 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Oh it’s almost 5 here Amy ur safe lol

Jean August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

It’s only noon here…. Yay lunch hour! Back to Finn!!!! I will most definitely need a drink by the end of this book!

Amy August 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Morning here – mimosas!!!!! :D Oh, wait…I think my boss actually wants accuracy so I might have to hold off on those for now…

Laura August 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

lol I have a 1 yr old to run after I better wait till bedtime!

bev August 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Just getting ready to go have my morning coffee. I need to step away from the computer. I end up checking my email for your guys comments too often lately,lol.
Amy I had the same problem. I think at one time the forums did not need a password and I had been on then, and then wasn’t for a while. So it recognized my name but there was no password associated with it. Of course I could just be totally blanking on the password bit. I ended up having to create a whole new name.

Jean August 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I’ll try creating a new sign in name. Thanks Bev! Oh shoot it’s new release day……. trying not to look…… Oh I HAVE to look! Damn!

Maryse August 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I like the writing style! But I’m only 10% in. Had a late start last night. You know… with all the cooking and such. ;)

Fabi August 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Maryse I’m only at 8%. But, yea, it’s lunchtime reading time.

Laura August 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Maryse have u joined the thread? NO squirrelling maryse this ones officially on ur main tbr so it will be one down 100000 to go lol

MichelleS August 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Fabi – my long, lost twin…. I swear, if you are in special ed I’ll just faint!!! I’m an SLP…. and all the déjà vu is getting freaky!!!

All this peer pressure is making me angsty. For my own good, I might have to just start Tied Man …. it is just so not what I am normally into. Some 50-shades-type older bad-girl cougar and a submissive guy? But it’s not? I don’t want dark just for the sake of shock value. In the end, I’m a romance girl. Even if it’s angsty, filthy, dirty, messy, fantasy romance…. but there needs to be romance!

Carnage #2 is really good, BTW. If you read #1 you will love it. Cam is back!!! Yee-Haw. But, oh no, a hottie names Roman is too. I always liked Roman as a hero name, as an aside….

What to do? Wait for your review? Dive in sight-unseen? Keep on trekking? hmmmmm…..

Fabi August 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Michelle, lol no I’m at the local colleges, ft faculty at one and adjunct at a couple others – in the computer science / IT fields.

Funny though you are a SLP. Both of my kids had SLP services. Neither talked until they were about 2 and a half and then needed pronounciation / enuciation help in grammar school. All due to a tri-lingual family who could never decide on a single language at home but used all three. Poor kids, took a little longer to assimilate language since they were working with more than one. Now that they’re grown, they understand all 3 but only ended up speaking English.

Totally not book related. Sorry Maryse.

But if as far as Tied Man, not something I’d normally read either. But I’m was intrigued and it’s different than anything I’ve read lately. I went into it blind. Didn’t even read the blurb or description. All I knew was that Danielle said it was dark. Figured if I was ever going to read it, it had to be with a support group. Ha!

Carla August 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I’m reading “the tied man” now. And Maryse this book is breaking me. It’s heartbreaking and sometimes it’s even horrible. It’s taking me forever to finish this, because a lot of times I need to take a break and go back to my world. It’s too much.

Kristin August 21, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Im reading the Rock Chick series, and btw WOW I love them!
Back to the point, Rock Chick Renegade made me cry hard. The last big thing happening, when all her friends got the phone call if you know which sceen im talking about.

Renee September 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I just finished Beautifully Done and cried my eyes out…what a beautiful story about love and friendship and LIFE. Maryse you’ll love it!

sophia February 20, 2015 at 7:53 AM

have you tied teh Mortal Instrument ssERIES and teh Infernl Devices? they killed me its like you wanna die or jump into the book!

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