I have to admit that I don’t cry often while reading. I feel like it’s easier for movies and TV shows to get to me, than it is for books. Especially when it comes to full-on ugly sobbing. This post was inspired by a TV show I just finished, Uncontrollably Fond, that made me ugly cry. So let’s talk about the books that got to me!
A FEW TEARS ESCAPED
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has read the book. If you haven’t, don’t worry because I won’t put any spoilers here. Just know that I still haven’t recovered.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I did not expect to get emotionally invested in this story. If you haven’t heard of this book, it tells the tale of a brother and sister who fall in love. That does not sound like something I’d like to read about. However, when you’re reading through their eyes, it makes you feel like they’re not really siblings. I got so invested in their story, and found myself torn. I don’t want them to be together (because gross!) but I also want them to be happy.
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
This feels weird to admit because it’s an autobiography. But I felt so sad while reading Sungju Lee’s story… It always breaks my heart to learn about the horrible living conditions others have had to face, especially when they are children. Not that it’s okay for an adult to live in these conditions either, but I hope you understood my meaning.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch really comes for you at the end of this book. Expect to be punched in the face, gut, and heart when you’re reading this.
FULL-ON CRY FEST
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
It wasn’t pretty, everyone. It wasn’t pretty at all. I needed a full 15 minutes to get myself together after I finished this book. I don’t think I will ever be okay again, thank you for asking. This WWII story about two French sisters was such an emotional read, and I already know I will re-read it at some point.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I have never cried while watching Troy, even though it’s also the story of Achilles. I already knew how his story ended before picking this book up because I loved Greek mythology and history as a teenager. So it’s not like it was a surprise to me! And I still bawled my eyes out. Seriously. I cried for at least 30 minutes while finishing this book. At some point, I couldn’t even read anymore because the tears had blurred my vision. I’ve read this book twice, and I’ve also cried twice.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’m still in denial about this one. I still can’t comprehend it. Bonus: if you watch the movie, it’s equally as heartbreaking!! YAY.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP #7) by J.K. Rowling
If you haven’t read Harry Potter and don’t want to be spoiled, look away now. For everyone else: I’ll never forgive her for Dobby, Fred, Tonks, and Lupin. Fred and Remus are my favorite characters! HOW DARE YOU??
There you have it, the books that have managed to make me cry. Have you read any of these? Did they make you cry? Which books always manage to make you cry?