Whenever Halloween rolls around, I always comment how there are no really scary books. As in, there aren’t a lot of books that actually having me putting the book down in favour of something lighter so that I can sleep that night. BUT when it comes to books that make me cry – there are a LOT of those. I mean, I could feel pretty so-so about a book and then BAM! Something happens, or someone says something, and my eyes are tearing up and the whole book just takes a turn for me. Usually for the better, if crying while reading a book is good. Personally, I think it’s good because shouldn’t we be feeling emotions while reading a book? Isn’t that the goal?
Here are just some of the books that have made me cry:
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
Oh my gosh, this book just had me BAWLING. All of Lisa Genova’s books deal with medical mysteries and those diseases that don’t have a cure, so there’s always that inevitable end that whatever ailment someone has (from Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s) isn’t going to magically be cured by the end. For some of her past books, I’ve just felt that intense emotion while reading, but this book had me in tears about 3/4 of the way through and I just felt completely spent by the end.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
I seem to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Gayle Forman’s books. I loved her books in the beginning, but her previous YA book to this one didn’t wow me at all and I declared myself done with her YA writing. But then I got sucked into this one at the bookstore and bought a copy. The funny thing is that it feels like this book was just written in a way that was too easy, where things just happened too perfectly (even when the things that happened weren’t perfect), but there was the odd line that came up that had me tearing up. This story is all about the characters helping one another find their way and even when things were just too convenient, I still fell for it and fell in love along the way. It wasn’t my favourite book, but it was one that had me feeling plenty of emotions.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Another author I have a love/hate relationship with, Morgan Matson can really be hit or miss with her books, in my opinion. This was the second book of hers that I read and I remember sitting on the edge of my bed, finishing this book and I just couldn’t stop crying. It was like it just hit me all of a sudden while reading, certain events that were happening just grabbed onto me and didn’t let go.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
So much of this book seems almost fantastical. You know that there are events happening throughout the book that will be heartbreaking, but they’re not really dwelt upon in the beginning, until it hits you towards the end of the book. The fact that this story is about a little boy is almost was cinched it for me. I remember reading this book for the first time when there was a lot of hype surrounding it. It had just come out and I didn’t believe it was as good as everyone was saying it was – I mean, there was no way, right? But alas, I was wrong. This book was just beautiful and horrible and just so so sad.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Oh man, this was another one of those books that I was sure I wasn’t going to like. I don’t actually think I had read any of Moyes’s books before reading this one and this was one of those books that was just really hyped up. However, Moyes just writes her stories in such a way that you are gripped right from the get go and her characters feel real and flawed and you just feel the emotions along with them. This isn’t a happy book at all and it had me in tears the few times I read it AND when I saw the movie.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I know, I know. I feel like John Green writes his books in this way that you wonder if any teenagers actually act or talk in the way they’re written in real life, and this book is no exception. The story is about a young girl who’s dying of cancer and the boy she falls in love with, but it wasn’t even their story that made me cry. There was one line in the book where Hazel’s mom says, “I’m not going to be a mom anymore” and I just lost it. Being a mom now, that line just kills me and I can’t even imagine, fictional family or not, how anyone can go through a situation like that. Yes, the book romanticizes cancer, but the feelings the mom was having? That hit hard.
What books have made you cry? Do you like books that make you feel a heavy amount of emotion?