"Books that gave you a good cry with their tragic or untraditional ending. Here boy doesn't always get girl at least not easily and nothing lasts forever. Any genre is acceptable." (Goodreads)
Books with 3+ votes were included, except those with ratings <1000, which were culled ruthlessly as probable fakes. I had to keep adding works until I had safely navigated past the Nicholas Sparks books into the calm waters of literary fiction.