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Cry Reads wrap up-Twitterchat recommendations

December 1, 2012

This month the talk was about reading which made you cry- for happiness, sorrow, anguish. You can read the whole discussion on ReadWatchPlay Storify.

Sad books, and books that made us laugh so hard that we cried were discussed.

  • Books which make us cry varies for each of us.
  • Books that make us cry because they are sad, and books which made us cry with laughter are mentioned.
  • Sad moments in books…

“are there moments like when Dumbledore did #spoiler that made you #cry?” Ellen Forsyth

  • Books that have made you cry in public.
  • Non-fiction. “Non-fiction can be sad, with tales of destruction, death and suffering” Ellen Forsyth
  • Characters can make a story sad.

“I am such a character reader that  for me it depends on how connected to the characters I feel and how invested” Jenn Martin

“Some books you never want to finish because you don’t want to say goodbye to the characters”

  • Feeling manipulated into crying.

“I don’t like feeling manipulated into crying into my reading, but am fine when it happens, and can be surprised when it does” Ellen Forsyth

  • Middlemarch caused controversy, to cry or not to cry…

“Middlemarch is very sad in places and wise always. even the most unlikeable characters can redeem themselves. Casaubon etc” Judy Martin

  • Writing styles can make you cry with their perfection.

” sometimes the way that an author writes can be so beautiful it makes you cry…” Jenn Martin.

  • Crying on public transport…

“With some books just clutching the book and smiling through your tears at other readers in the know is enough” Jenn Martin.

  • Crying on the bus because you are reading aka “bus saltwater biblioparty”  a new catchphrase coined by Ellen Forsyth!
  • Kids crying at stories can be a good thing…

“crying at stories can be a good way for kids to deal with emotion. Crying through a book can be a very private but also shared thing” Jenn Martin

  • Unexpected moments in a story can make you cry.
  • Teachers crying.

“I remember our male primary teacher having tears in his eyes reading to us about Scott’s last voyage. 1st time I had seen a man cry” Judy Martin

  • Romance can be sad.

“Romances can be devastatingly sad 2/3rds into the book. This is called “the point of ritual death”.I have often sobbed my way to an HEA.” Vassiliki Veers

  • On a brighter note, comedic tears for “Bugs bunny outsmarting Elmer Fudd & Woody Allen playing in the marching band in Take the money and run.” Vassiliki Veros.

“I love a sad book, one that lets you have a good cathartic wail/sobfest-I know some people don’t like sad themes in books though” Jenn Martin

Talking tears; books which made us cry. Sad books

The thread of Grace by Maria Doria Russel “It’s an incredibly sad book…but so are all holocaust stories-such an unsurpassable grief” Jenn Martin

The time travellers wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Little Women by Louise May Alcott. “When I first read Little Women, my mum and sister smiled knowingly as I emerged. Did you cry when Beth died, they asked?” Judy Martin.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Possession by A. S Byatt. “The epilogue to Possession always gets me , especially the last few sentences” Judy Martin.

The English patient by Michael Ondaatje

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Lions of Al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lion, witch and the wardrobe by C.S Lewis

A summer to die by Lois Lowry

Angela’s ashes by Frank Mc Court

The bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jacob I  have loved by Katherine Paterson

Kenny’s Window by Morris Sendak

Atonement by Ian McEwan

P.S. I love you by Barbara Conklin

One day by David Nicholls

The bible “The shortest sentence in the bible. ‘Jesus wept’ ” Vassiliki Veros

Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Anne’s house of dreams by L.M Montgomery

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M Montgomery.

The natural history of the romance novel by Pamela Regis

Velveteen rabbit by Margery Williams & illustrated by William Nicholson

The Blue Castle by L.M Montgomery

Harry Potter series “I had to go and have a little lie -down to recover after my fave character died in last Harry Potter book” Sally Cummings

Judas’s death in Lamb by Christopher Moore

“The age of El Magnifico by Doris Lessing

John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner

Call the midwife series by Jennifer Worth

Leonardo the terrible monster by Mo Willems

The happy prince by Oscar Wilde

Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

The outsiders by S.E Hinton

Rumble fish by S.E Hinton


Matthew Reilly

Judy Blume

Joan Didion

Pod casts

This American life

The Moth

On the bright side….

“I usually avoid sad-inducing books though. Reading is my happy place” Sally Cummings

Books which made us laugh so hard we  cried…  and to end the discussion on a good note!

“Why did the chicken cross the road” by Tedd Arnold

My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell

Three Men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

To say nothing of the dog by Connie Willis

Carnegie hall by David Sedaris

French revolutions by Tim Moore “practically gave me a seizure-laughed so hard I could barely breath. Tears too.” Sally Cummings

You gotta have balls by Lilly Brett

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson

Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett “Usually brings on tears of hysteria” Rachel Neumann


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