Sometimes you just want to find yourself reading a book so emotionally griping, that you start leaking water from your eyes. Sad books just have some kind of power over me, that I am always drawn to reading the stories that will make me cry. Somehow, a book that has the ability to send me to tears, always gets my respect and utter appreciation. So in case I am not alone in enjoying the suffering, I decided to give you all some recommendations for books that should make you cry.
I am a book cryer (with a heart of stone in real life, since I shed all my reserved tears while reading), so some choices might not make you cry as much, but they all have the ability to bring the tears out of the reader (as it happened to me). Whether you are a book cryer or not, these books are definitely worth reading, as they have the power to affect the reader, bringing strong emotions to the surface. So without further ado, here are my recommendations:
1. For People Who Can Never Get Enough of the Classics
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of those books that leaves you emotionally drained when you finish it. Not trying to hide any shockingly brutal details and cruel tragedies thrust upon the characters, this epic tale did not earn the respect it has now for nothing.
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough is such a gripping story, that I recommend it so everyone. The author has a unique ability to turn a simple family journey into something magnificent, and your attachment to the characters will make you shed quite a few tears.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is such a captivation story, filled with horror and obsession, and most of all, the need of human connection. It is a beautiful heart-breaking story, truly worth reading.
2. For Historical Fiction Lovers
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book that I am certain will become a classic one day. It’s unique narration, a light-hearted children’s perspective, and a heart-wrenching portrayal of events in WW2, make this book a tear-jerking masterpiece.
Atonement by Ian McEwan is a different kind of portrayal of tragic WW2 events, heavily focused on romance. Many have seen the movie adaptation, but I suggest reading this wonderful story, because it is truly magnificent.
3. For Those Who Enjoy a Story About Life, and the Traumas That Come With It.
In The Stillness by Andrea Randall is probably the most emotionally-gripping book that I had pleasure reading. When you read the description of the book, it does not sound that spectacular. But it is a story, exploring so many sensitive topics and portraying real-life issues. The author has a unique talent to make the reader feel such deep emotions throughout the whole length of the book, therefore, after years of reading it, I still keep the story close to my heart.
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a hard book to describe, but an incredible story nonetheless. After getting used to the storytelling, the emotional journey that the characters have to face really brings the reader to tears. I believe it is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature of this century.
All The Rage by Courtney Summers explores a really sensitive topic, and people’s cruelty in the midst of a terrible trauma. The writing style is so unique, and the story – emotionally heavy. So be prepared for anger and sadness, because this book covers a heavy subject in an incredible manner.
And The Moutans Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is a beautiful story, with multiple storylines intertwining together, resulting in a creation of a wonderful journey that sends a great message. It is not tragic, nor it is particularly happy, but it captures life incredibly, bringing out many different emotions out of the reader.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book that gained quite an amount of mixed reviews, with many people loving it, and many – hating it. I found this story really beautiful and shockingly tragic, and with the book being quite short, I suggest you check it out, because it really did make quite an impression on me.
4. For The Peeps That Adore Sad Romance Stories
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon is not just a simple romance, but it is an incredible story about challenges that life throws upon us, and how to find hope and strength within yourself in order to be able to face them. It is beautiful in its melodic storytelling technique and the simplicity of the storyline.
The Sweet Gum Tree is a powerful and breath-taking story of two souls from very different surroundings falling is love, being tragically separated, and finding the ability to love again after many years of hurt, anger, and bottled up emotions. It is sure to make you shed at least a few tears while reading this piece of literature.
The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson is not a well-known book. I do not remember how exactly I have stumbled upon it, but an incredible story that is portrayed in this piece of literature, makes me want to recommend it to everybody. It portrays a beautiful love story throughout a period of time, and the realistic depiction of it, with the avoidance of overly-dramatic revelations of love, makes this a truly cry-worthy book.
Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy is yet another underdog in my collection, but it is a must-read for those who are looking for a beautiful and tragic love story. It is a nowadays take on challenges of separation and dealing with loss as a result of war.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a must-read if you are looking for a way to cry. It definitely deserves all the hype surrounding the book, and the mix of light-hearted jokes and dealing with trauma, makes this story one that stays with you for long to come.
5. For Those Who Prefer Magical Worlds
The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare is the book that was the biggest tear-jerker for me. Clare’s ability to make the reader so attached to the characters, that reading half of the book does not produce a single tear, but a session sobbing, is really magnificent. I definitely suggest reading this series (it is so much better than her first attempt).
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is an unusual Beauty and the Beast retelling, with weird and mysterious plot and an enchanting romance. The book is written so wonderfully, filled with heart-breaking moments, making it a story you want to cry while reading.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor is the last book in Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. It makes you cry because the characters have come so far. It makes you cry because it’s tragic. It makes you cry because it’s so beautiful. And most of all, it makes you cry because it’s over.
The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh is just magnificent. There are so many reasons why I would recommend this superbly-written masterpiece, and the fact that it is able to bring the reader to tears, is one of them.
Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. I just had to put it on the list. I doubt that there are any sane people who haven’t read the Harry Potter series (and if you are one of the crazy people who haven’t, why?), but it is an obvious choice for a guaranteed tear-jerker.
The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon does not have an easily-defined genre, but because of paranormal elements, I will put it here, although it does belong to the romance category as well. It is magnificent, and incredible, and I love this book so much. Amy Harmon really has a unique ability to bring the reader to tears.
So these are the books that made me shed a few (or a whole river) of tears. Not only these books a cry-worthy, but they are really incredible for various reasons. So go ahead and read them. Now!
Do you enjoy reading good tear-jerkers? Have any of these books made you cry? And my love for suffering eagerly welcomes any recommendations of books that made you cry.