THROWBACK THURSDAY: MY MOST MEMORABLE TEARJERKERS…PART I

Posted January 19, 2017 by Renee / 46 Comments

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

This week I decided to change things up and have a Throwback topic that features some of the most memorable books that have made me cry over the years.  It’s not often that I come across a book that moves me to tears (or sobs) so when I do those tend to stay with me. I think it takes something special on the part of an author to be able to evoke such strong emotions in a reader.

My crying picks for this week: 

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Published 2005 by Hatchette Books

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!

**I just loved Holly and her love story…and this is one case where I thought the movie was just as good as the book**

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Published 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. 

**Funny, witty, charming, and heartbreaking…if you haven’t met Lou you’re missing out on such a well-written character**

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Published 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Twenty years, two people, one day. 

**Oh this book…what a phenomenal love story and with a twist I never saw coming that literally shocked me and made me a little mad at the author…I recovered and have since forgiven David Nicholls:)**

 

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Published 2008 by Harper Collins

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it. 

**You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate the message that sweet Enzo has to share. Of course, if you are a dog lover and/or owner as I am, you’ll most likely put this book at the top of your favorites pile!**

Well that’s a good start to some of my most memorable tearjerkers, stop back next Thurs for Part II, including the book that led to my biggest sob-fest EVER! 

What books have reduced you to tears? Please share in my comments! I’m always looking for more tearjerkers to add to my TBR:)

46 responses to “THROWBACK THURSDAY: MY MOST MEMORABLE TEARJERKERS…PART I

  1. I haven’t read one day but I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain and I ugly cried at Me Before You. I also didn’t realize P.S. I love you started as a book but my husband and I watched the movie on pay per view in my first trimester of pregnancy. I don’t know if it was the movie or the hormones (likely both) but it took me days to make a full emotional recovery.

    • I agree about the PS I love you movie, Hillary Swank was awesome and I still cry every time I watch it:) You should give One Day a try..the book not the movie though! I should make my post next week about the ugly cries verses just needing a few tissues due to how much I cried over most of next weeks books…along with One Day & Me Before You of course.

  2. The only book I can remember that made me sob was The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I read Me Before You but I didn’t really cry when I read it. I got a little teary eyed but that’s it. I think I cried more watching Me Before You then I did reading it.

    • I don’t think I’ve read that one by Nicholas Sparks, will have to check it out. I remember I really liked Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe but I can’t remember if they made me cry. I cried at both the Me Before You book and movie:)

  3. I have read Me Before You and PS: I love you but I didn’t cry. The one book that I remember that made me cry at the end was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. There are also two books by Francine River that made me cry so much throughout the chapters. Its like every chapter was heartbreaking. Great post!

  4. Loved PS I Love You and I’m possibly only person left who hasn’t read Me Before You, though it’s sitting on my shelf. Racing in the Rain might be a step too far at the minute, but I’ll bear it in mind.

    • I almost didn’t include Me Before You because I thought No everyone’s read it but then I said to myself maybe someone hasn’t and this will nudge them to do so…I had you in mind Jill:) I agree about Art of Racing, that might be a tough read for you at this time. But keep it on your back burner as I think you’d like it when the time is right.

  5. I’m probably the last person who hasn’t read Me Before You. I sob like a baby with almost every Taylor Jenkins Reid or Kristin Hannah book. Especially The Nightingale – I bawled my eyes out on that one!

    • Nope, Jill from Jill’s Book Cafe just said she hasn’t read Me Before You either so you’re not alone:) I have a Kristin Hannah on my list for next week’s part 2 post and I just bought The Nightingale after Christmas so I will be reading that one soon! I don’t know why I love books that make me cry but I do:) You should try One Day, I think you might like that one

  6. Great idea for this feature! I don’t often cry over books but you’ve hit on two that have had me crying, such a momentous occasion that I remember them both vividly: PS I Love You on holiday in Italy and Me Before You on holiday in Egypt – the sunglasses didn’t really disguise the tears though on either occasion!

    • Thanks, not to give anything away but were you as angry with David Nichols as I was when the twist happened? I was completely caught off guard. Serious crying ensued. I realized when thinking about this post that a lot of books have made me cry…and I usually always give them 5 stars:)

      • Yvo

        It’s been too long since I read it so I don’t remember details, but there were some pretty shocking plot twists if I remember correctly. And I guess it’s always a good sign if a story is able to provoke such powerful emotions like crying…

  7. Annie

    I LOVE Ps I love you and the film was so different but great as well. One Day I only liked the book I think, I don’t know why, in the movie I hated both of the characters hahaha

    Me before you…I loved Lou, but the book didn’t move me as I expected. But it’s one of those that I think I would’ve loved if I had read it years ago.

    I cried with A mother’s confession lately haha I cry easily XD

    • I didn’t like the actors in the movie One Day either. I may have to reconsider A Mother’s Confession now that I know it made you cry:) That cover just completely turns me off and I hate letting covers sway me but sometimes they do

  8. Haha! What is it about us that makes us love things that make us cry?? The cover of the last one would be enough for me, not to mention the blurb… 😉

    • I know!! I realized getting these posts together that some of my very favorite books that have stayed with me for years have made me cry! There’s something about an author’s ability to put into words (versus movies) the kinds of emotional connections to characters and storylines that, for me, can lead me to be a big cry baby when things don’t go as planned. Oh yes, The Art of Racing…, I’m currently a dog owner and have also lost a dog years ago so that was a tough one but I loved it.

  9. Great post! Every single one of these books had me properly sobbing when I read them too. The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my favourite tearjerkers – I’ve gone back and re-read that whenever I’ve needed a good cry. It’s become a comfort read to me over the years even though it always makes me sob.

    • Thanks Hayley! Since you liked The Art of Racing, have you read Lily and the Octopus? I read that in the fall and I loved it…it’ll be on next weeks tearjerkers part 2 post:)

  10. PS I Love You… I’ve only watched the movie because I wanted Gerard Butler on my screen and I ended up ugly-crying. I can’t imagine the effect of the book! Me Before You had no effect on my lacrimal glands, I know, I’m a monster, haha!

    • You’re not the only one who’s said that about Me Before You. There was just something about the finality of their relationship and then Will’s letter that always gets to me

    • Yes, I usually like the book better than the movie no matter what and I went to Me Before You the movie thinking I knew what happened so I wouldn’t cry…and I still did:) Such a good story. I also really love books that make me cry..hence all my 5 stars for my crying recommendations:)

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