Why I Cry When I Read

Posted August 20, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 61 Comments

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You may not have noticed but a lot of my reviews note how I got emotional, teary-eyed, blubbered like a baby at a book. Maybe not. Either way while I don’t usually cry at normal life things I am a mess with books, TV and movies. I have cried on more than one occasion at commercials. There is a State Farm one with a couple and a growing family one that gets me every time. So I wanted to talk all the things that make me cry in a book.



Let’s start big. Death. Dying. It could be the main character. A love interest. An elderly grandfather. Pretty much anything but the hated character(if there is one). If there is a death I am at least tearing up. In the case of some books – say The Fault in Our Stars – I was a blubbering mess. Like snotty puffy eyed mess.
Signature Cry: THE UGLY CRY


This is usually pre-death. Possiblyย they are just sick and no death will occur. But when an illness is discovered, either by the character or it is revealed to us the reader, I can’t take it. Especially if you know they will die. This should help me be strong for that moment. Alas, it does not.
Signature Cry: SOBBING


Break Ups

Ok so we have left the super serious health issues behind us and moved on to super sappy break up moments. If it is a couple I love and they break up tears may be shed.


This is such a big one for me. Goodbyes always get me. Throwing it back to TV for a moment : I used to cry when on the Real World (is that even a show anymore??) the cast packed up and went home adn they all said goodbye. I mean half of them didn’t like each other. They were all obnoxious. And still I got emotional. So imagine when it is fictional characters whom I love. Yeah I’m a big old mess.
Signature Cry: THE SINGLE TEAR

Family Moments

An emotional family moment can be well, emotional. Some examples would be when a family member discloses the said illness from above to the rest of the family, dealing with the death from above with your family, someone coming back to their family after, I don’t know, 10 years of being abducted. You get the picture.

Big Emotional Speeches

This can be either an actual speech, like at a conference like in Still Alice or something more like a character going on about something – love, death, friendship.


This is the best cry. When everything in the book comes together: our hero defeats evil, friendships are made stronger, families get back together or the OTP you have been rooting for comes together. YAY for the good stuff!!
Signature Cry: HAPPY TEARSgiphy


What makes you cry? What’s your signature cry?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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61 responses to “Why I Cry When I Read

  1. I’m kind of the same way. I don’t cry or get real emotional in everyday life, so I actually love when a book makes me cry and FEEL those emotions. I’ll seek out book that I suspect will wreak me, even in a painful way.
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  2. I think I can only identify with single tear, teyig not to cry, happy tears, gave me the feels. I’m not on to cry much while reading. There have been only a few selected books that had made me ugly cry (Before You by Amber Hart was the FIRST book that had me bawling like a child. I usually have book amnesia from a book I read last year but with this one, I remember quite a lot especially what made me cry.) But awwww!! Our Grace needs hugs. Every time you read and cry, I’m sending you a virtual hug ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. I get all blurry and do the I can’t believe that just happened cry. Sometimes the sobbing. I love the happy tears cry. I cannot control myself to allow a single tear. It is always a bit embarrassing to be brought to tears by a book. Sitting next to my Miguel is start sniffling, he reaches over “the book made you cry babe, sorry”. He has seem me brought to tears so many times.
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  4. Haha! I love this post and I love how you have a specific cry for all these events in books. It’s funny, but I’m not much of a crier with books. I’ll feel sad and on the inside, I’ll want to cry at certain things in books, but real tears hardly ever come out. The one thing that really gets me though is parents/siblings/friends death. I can’t handle that! At all! I’ll be sad for days!
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  5. OMG. I love this post! I don’t normally cry in real life either, but fiction! Oh yeah! I know that State Farm commercial. It got me too. My signature cry is usually the single tear or the trying not to cry. I don’t ever sob or ball, but more than one tear might sneak out for something happy or emotional family moments. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. I’m such a huge sap, Grace, I cry both happy, sad and angry tears, both in real life (but much, much less!) and when I’m reading or watching TV or a movie. Sometimes if we’re watching a movie, my kids will actually end up watching me, to see not if, but when I start crying ๐Ÿ˜€ Good times!
    I think I have all those same cries as you described, but I have one that’s a little worse than the ugly cry, it’s the snot AND tears cry. That’s when the ugly cry goes on for a little too long, and I just can’t take it anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  7. I LOVE THIS POST! I’m really bad about crying during books, movies, TV shows, and sometimes for no reason at all. With that being said, there’s only a couple of books that made me do the ‘ugly cry’ to the point where I had to put the book down cause I couldn’t see the words. Those were: Ugly Love, Allegiant, TFIOS, and Me Since You.
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  8. Oh man, I am a HUGE crier in books. I cry at all of these and probably more. I also cry when a character in a book (or on TV) gives birth. Or when a pet dies. But death, sickness and big emotional speeches do it to me every time. I also cry sometimes during commercials. There is a Folgers commercial that plays every year during the holidays. It’s where a soldier comes home to his family and makes them coffee. Yeah, I cry like a baby every single time.
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  9. First, what is HEA and OTP? I feel out of the loop on these terms.
    I used to cry at commercials and books/movies all the time. Death only gets to me thinking about those left behind, not the sick or dying person. Beautiful moments, like a speech or birth of a child would get to me, too. I don’t cry anymore over the little things because now I take an anti-anxiety medication and it helps w/ the crying, too, I guess.

  10. Love this post!! ๐Ÿ™‚ AND I can completely relate! I cry a lot in books too. I love good, emotional reads. Some of most cry moments are probably in Harry Potter, Allegiant, All The Bright Places, and Clockwork Princess. But believe me there is a ton more! If there is opportunity to cry during a book- I probably will. Awesome post!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. I do not cry when I read. But put me in front of a video where the fiancรฉe proposes in some spectacularly romantic way, and I will be bawling like a baby. I am weird. The oddest things make me cry. I am a sap in the funniest way. Books get me close to tears, one may fall–but all out crying. Never happened. I need to find those books. I would love for a book to take me all the way there.
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  12. This such a great post, and it came at the perfect time for me. I just finished a book, and had a good cry right before reading this. I cry at almost everything when I read. It doesn’t take much. Death is a big one for me in books, though. Even if I see it coming, the tears start rolling. I’m a crier in everyday life as well, though. It’s funny what you said about the commercial that made you cry. I have plenty of those. On another note, if an animal dies in a book, I’m a mess (probably even more than if a human character dies).

  13. I think it’s cute that you’re so sensitive!! ๐Ÿ˜› I have literally -never- cried while reading a book. The only movie I’ve ever cried over was My Dog Skip when I was maybe 10 years old. I did cry during one particular scene in Secret Life of the American Teenager though. I remember being really confused about it. Like… did I just cry over fictional characters??
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  14. This post is so funny! I love it!!

    I very rarely cry while reading because of something sad. I can count on one hand (mayyyybe two) how many books have brought me to tears. But happy crying? ALL. THE. TIME!! I’m a HUGE sucker for HEA endings and sweet romantic scenes. Can’t get enough! If you see me crying while reading, something super sweet and touching just happened. Usually involving an adorable child saying or doing something that totally gets to me. Great post!
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  15. Yes, yes, all these things!! I cry for all of these! And probably others too. I am SO glad that I am not the only dork who cries like a baby when the Real World houseguests depart. They’re all flying away from whatever city they’ve just ruined for its residents, and they’re talking about how they’ve changed and grown, and they met some best friend or whatever and I am like sobbing, all while thinking “don’t cry, they’ll be hating each other at the reunion special and/or challenge in like two months!”

    I probably do all of these an equal amount. But the ugly cry and sobbing are the worst, because how do you even keep reading while sobbing? The struggle is real!
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  16. This is so me. In real life, I rarely ever cry and I often wonder why I don’t show emotions more but I just don’t. When it’s me and my books though, there is often sob fests. The big things for me are anything sad to do with children or couples having issues having a family or the death of a family pet or break ups and illness. You get the picture, everything basically! I’m a having-all-the-feels crier!
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  17. I actually don’t cry a lot when I read. It’s very rare for a book to make so emotional. I either cry because a character I love has died or because my OTP didn’t happen. It’s why I usually love my books to be free of love triangles because sometimes they are so good that you ship the MC with both love interests. It’s so hard seeing one of them lose :/
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  18. Haha, love this! I’m not a very big crier, my family even jokes I’m heartless. I just hate crying so I won’t do it no matter how emotional a book may be. I have a weakness though… Disney movies. OMG, those were designed to make me want to sob my eyes out. Up ๐Ÿ™ Big Hero 6 ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ I don’t cry but oh man do I want to!
    One movie I did cry in was Casper… and recently, and my kids still make fun of me. That part when Casper whispers ‘can I keep you?’ just hit me hard haha.
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