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message 1: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) I keep a note of all the books that have made me cry:

Loyalty in Death Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9) by J.D. Robb by J.D. Robb
A Long Long WayA Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
An Imperfect Lens: A Novel An Imperfect Lens A Novel by Anne Roiphe by Anne Roiphe
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog Marley and Me Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan by John Grogan
Katherine Katherine by Anya Seton by Anya Seton
The Book Thief The Book Thief by Markus Zusak by Markus Zusak
Passion: A Novel of the Romantic Poets Passion A Novel of the Romantic Poets by Jude Morgan by Jude Morgan
The Amber Spyglass The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) by Philip Pullman by Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling by J.K. Rowling
The Indian Clerk The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt by David Leavitt
A Thousand Splendid Suns A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King by Susan Fraser King
The Commoner The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz by John Burnham Schwartz
The Host The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer by Stephenie Meyer
What was Lost What was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn by Catherine O'Flynn
Breaking Dawn Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer by Stephenie Meyer
The Art of Racing in the Rain The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein by Garth Stein
Lover Avenged Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) by J.R. Ward by J.R. Ward
Small Wars Small Wars by Sadie Jones by Sadie Jones
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson by Helen Simonson
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5) by Stephenie Meyer by Stephenie Meyer
Battle Cry Battle Cry by Leon Uris by Leon Uris
Maisie Dobbs Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear by Jacqueline Winspear
How to Be an American Housewife How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway by Margaret Dilloway
Reaper Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5) by Rachel Vincent by Rachel Vincent
The School of Night The School of Night by Louis Bayard by Louis Bayard
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë by Anne Brontë
Innocent Traitor Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir by Alison Weir
Podkayne of Mars Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein by Robert A. Heinlein
On the Beach On the Beach by Nevil Shute by Nevil Shute
The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman by Neil Gaiman
The Light Between Oceans The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman by M.L. Stedman
The Dogs of Christmas The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron by W. Bruce Cameron
The Rosie Project The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion by Graeme Simsion
Odd Thomas Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1) by Dean Koontz by Dean Koontz
Jim Henson: The Biography Jim Henson The Biography by Brian Jay Jones by Brian Jay Jones
The Honor of the Queen The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2) by David Weber by David Weber
Survivor In Death Survivor In Death (In Death, #20) by J.D. Robb by J.D. Robb
Suspect Suspect by Robert Crais by Robert Crais


message 2: by Faouzia (new)

Faouzia | 2 comments in fact, not many books made me cry,
- "Germinal" by Emile Zola
- "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", by Louis de Bernières
- "Et après" by Guillaume Musso
- and "A Quiet Belief in Angels" by R.J.Ellory


message 3: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 765 comments Well I just finished Les Miserables and I was blubbing in the bath.


message 4: by Linda (new)

Linda | 275 comments Nicola wrote: "Well I just finished Les Miserables and I was blubbing in the bath."

Oh yes. How could I forget about this one? I read this earlier this year, and of course there were tears.


message 5: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Nicola wrote: "Well I just finished Les Miserables and I was blubbing in the bath."

Hope you didn't get it too wet!!


message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Obiora (michael_obiora) | 4 comments I'm not a cryer(sometimes I wish I was, though!) but if I was it would be Half of A Yellow Sun. It's about the Biafran war, and my father lived through it. So it's not surprising that it was emotional for me. Here's my review of it https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 7: by Tytti (last edited Nov 07, 2014 02:59PM) (new)

Tytti | 17 comments Same here, Michael. I don't usually cry that much, though sometimes my eyes "wet" when a character dies but I guess that's normal. Like in the last novel I read where the father was left to die in the cold cottage when the rest of the family had to leave during the famine. Then next the girl died for eating a bit too much and too fast, then the mother fell on the snow and the little boy was left alone in the world. In the spring they would be buried in mass graves with all the other nameless famine victims... And knowing that this happened for real less than 150 years ago.

But I often get emotional when reading about WWII. MY father lived through that as a boy and I only have think what would have happened IF...

And I knew there was something about Biafra that I had heard about (apart from the war and famine) so I had to check: their national anthem used the tune of Sibelius' Finlandia, that many think should be Finland's national anthem. (The current one is nothing special. Sorry all Estonians, with whom we share it...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOSaT...

I also noticed another connection: the father of the Swedish pilot Carl Gustaf von Rosen, who organized help missions to Biafra in 1969, was the same man who gave the Finnish Airforce her first airplane in 1918 during our Civil War. (von Rosen's good luck charm, the swastika, was painted on the plane and it became the sign of Finnish planes, long before there were Nazis to take it as their own. It's still used in some flags, actually.) And the younger von Rosen also flew as a volunteer for Finland in the Winter War, even buying three planes for us. I didn't know that...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gus...

I should read that book, I even have a copy of it, but I'm afraid that it would be too sad for me...


message 8: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 765 comments Let me just add The Once and Future King. I bawled! Admittedly I cry fairly easily but this was something out of the common way.


message 9: by Tom (new)

Tom | 23 comments I cried at Timbuktu by Paul Auster. On an airplane. That was when I swore off any books about animals!


message 10: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Tom wrote: "I cried at Timbuktu by Paul Auster. On an airplane. That was when I swore off any books about animals!"

LOL! I can't do that. I see a dog on the cover of a book and I'm hooked!


message 11: by Judith (new)

Judith (jloucks) | 1203 comments Tom wrote: "I cried at Timbuktu by Paul Auster. On an airplane. That was when I swore off any books about animals!"

Oh, Tom, I know what you mean! They always die in the end!


message 12: by Linda (new)

Linda | 275 comments Tom wrote: "I cried at Timbuktu by Paul Auster. On an airplane. That was when I swore off any books about animals!"

Great. That one is on my TBR pile. Thanks for the heads-up.


message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Obiora (michael_obiora) | 4 comments Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


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