I saw someone talking about this on YouTube recently and it got me to thinking. I generally don’t read a lot of sad books, because I’m all about the happy ending and the uplifting quality of reading.
I also avoid sad movies like the plague (hence why I’ve never seen the Notebook.) This may also be because my husband teases me when I cry in movies.
But sometimes a good cry is just what we need, isn't it? It's a good way to let emotion out and lightened the burden of all the feelings we try to ignore.
So, just in case you feel like having a teary here are a few books I thoroughly enjoyed, despite the tears.
1. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – warning: do not read the ending of this book in a public place! Stupid me read it on a train full of office commuters…
2. The House in Via Manno by Milena Agus – The twist at the end of this book was heartbreaking. It’s a short read, but it packs a powerful emotional punch. Milena Agus's books were originally written into Italian and then translated into English. I've never seen anyone else talk about them, but they're worth hunting down.
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – You know it can’t possibly have a Hollywood ending…but it’s no less painful when it happens. This book is a gripping read, it's suspenseful and interesting and powerfully written.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – This is my earliest memory of having a book make me cry. I seem to remember my mother walking in on me (I must have been about nine or ten) and finding me sobbing in my bedroom.
5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Holy moly...this one got me bad. It hit a lot closer to home than I was expecting. But the writing and characterization is beautiful! Easily one of my favourite books of all time.
So there you have it, what books have made you cry? Share your teary reads below.