Welcome back to another list of books I highly recommend if you want something that will get your tissues wet. Or at least, to get you to scream internally for being sad and devastated.
If you are interested, I listed down books that will make you smarter. Or will get you thinking at most. Also, books about mental health. And of course, there’s always some proven steps on how to rekindle your love for reading.
Ready, here’s my list of the books that will make you cry.
Now, this book list is something I am so excited to share with you. Some of them made it to motion pictures like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Room by ,and The Boy in Striped
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In this poignant young adult novel, John Green presents the story of Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. Despite their health challenges, they form a deep and meaningful connection, exploring love, friendship, and the complexities of facing mortality.
As their bond deepens, they embark on a journey of discovery, embracing both the joys and heartaches that life offers. Green’s tender narrative delves into themes of hope, resilience, and the profound impact of fleeting moments, leaving readers with a profound appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Hanya Yanagihara’s emotionally charged novel follows the lives of four friends—Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm—as they navigate the challenges of adulthood in New York City.
The heart of the story lies in Jude’s painful and traumatic past, which has left lasting scars on his emotional and physical well-being. The novel delves into themes of friendship, love, trauma, and resilience, as the characters grapple with their individual struggles and the deep bonds that tie them together.
“A Little Life” is a compelling exploration of human connection, sacrifice, and the enduring impact of trauma on the human psyche.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes’ novel centers on the relationship between Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Will, a quadriplegic man, hires Louisa as his caregiver, and their initially strained interactions evolve into a profound connection.
As they learn more about each other’s lives, hopes, and fears, they find themselves questioning the meaning of life and the difficult choices that lie ahead.
The novel tackles themes of love, self-discovery, and the ethical considerations surrounding assisted suicide, resulting in a thought-provoking and emotionally charged narrative that explores the boundaries of compassion and personal agency.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s turbulent history, “The Kite Runner” follows Amir, a young boy from Kabul, and his complex relationship with his friend Hassan. The novel explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, redemption, and the long-lasting impact of guilt.
As Amir grapples with his past mistakes and seeks to make amends, the story takes readers on an emotional journey that spans generations and offers a poignant look at the consequences of actions and the power of forgiveness.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death, “The Book Thief” introduces readers to Liesel Meminger, a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. In the midst of the horrors of war, Liesel finds solace in stealing books and sharing stories with her foster father and the Jewish man they hide in their basement.
Through Liesel’s eyes, readers witness the resilience of the human spirit, the power of words, and the connections forged in the face of adversity. Markus Zusak’s novel is a testament to the enduring nature of hope and humanity even in the darkest of times.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel is set in an alternate version of England, where a group of children grows up in an isolated boarding school known as Hailsham.
As they come to understand their purpose and destiny, they grapple with questions of identity, love, and the inevitability of their fate. \
The novel’s haunting exploration of the characters’ lives and their poignant search for meaning offers a reflection on the essence of humanity and the poignancy of embracing life despite its transience.
One Day by David Nicholls
David Nicholls’ novel chronicles the lives of Emma and Dexter, two friends who meet on the day of their graduation and continue to cross paths on the same day each year for the next two decades.
Through their personal triumphs, failures, and evolving relationship, the novel offers a poignant exploration of the passage of time, the impact of choices, and the ebb and flow of love and friendship.
As they navigate their individual journeys, Emma and Dexter’s experiences come to symbolize the universal challenges and moments of joy that shape our lives.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Narrated by Susie Salmon, a young girl who watches over her family and friends from the afterlife after she is murdered, “The Lovely Bones” explores themes of grief, healing, and the process of letting go. As Susie reflects on the lives of her loved ones and the impact of her absence, the novel delves into the complex emotions of those left behind and their individual paths toward acceptance and closure. Alice Sebold’s poignant storytelling invites readers to grapple with the concept of loss and find solace in the connections that endure even in the face of tragedy.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson’s beloved children’s novel follows the friendship between Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke, two young outsiders who create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia to escape the challenges of their lives.
When a tragic accident occurs, the novel explores the profound impact of loss on Jesse and the power of imagination to help him cope with his grief.
Through themes of friendship, creativity, and the complexity of emotions, the book addresses the universal experience of navigating the pain of loss and finding strength in unexpected places.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s novel centers on Anna Fitzgerald, a young girl who sues her parents for medical emancipation when she realizes she was conceived to be a genetic match for her older sister Kate, who has leukemia.
The novel delves into the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by the family as they grapple with difficult decisions, loyalty, and the complexities of love.
“My Sister’s Keeper” raises thought-provoking questions about individual agency, sacrifice, and the intricacies of family dynamics in the face of life-threatening illness.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
In “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” Audrey Niffenegger weaves a captivating tale of love that defies the constraints of time. The novel centers on Henry, a man with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel through time, and Clare, his wife who must navigate the challenges of maintaining their connection amidst his unpredictable absences.
Through alternating perspectives, readers witness the complexities of their relationship as it unfolds across different moments in time.
Niffenegger masterfully explores themes of love, fate, and the inherent uncertainties of life, crafting a story that resonates deeply with the power of human connection that transcends the boundaries of time itself.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Narrated by five-year-old Jack, “Room” is a gripping exploration of the bond between a mother and child in the most extraordinary circumstances. Jack and his mother, Ma, live in captivity within a single room, isolated from the outside world.
As Ma struggles to shield Jack from the harsh reality of their situation, Jack’s innocence and curiosity begin to shape their shared existence. When they finally escape, the novel shifts to their journey of adapting to the outside world and the complexities of recovery.
Emma Donoghue’s narrative captures the resilience of the human spirit, the strength of maternal love, and the ways in which the bond between parent and child can transcend even the most harrowing of circumstances.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In “If I Stay,” Gayle Forman presents a poignant exploration of life, love, and the power of choice. The novel follows Mia, a talented cellist, who finds herself in a coma after a car accident that claims the lives of her family.
As Mia hovers between life and death, she must decide whether to fight for her own survival or let go. While reflecting on her relationships, aspirations, and the memories that define her, Mia grapples with the weight of her decision.
Forman’s narrative delves into themes of grief, loss, and the enduring impact of the connections we forge with the people who shape our lives.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Set against the backdrop of World War II, “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah tells the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who find themselves in Nazi-occupied France.
As they navigate the challenges of war, their paths diverge: Vianne must protect her family while Isabelle becomes involved in the resistance movement. The novel explores themes of sacrifice, courage, and the resilience of the human spirit as the sisters grapple with love, loss, and the moral dilemmas of survival.
Hannah’s narrative sheds light on the often overlooked contributions of women during wartime and offers a poignant portrayal of the bonds that endure amidst the darkest of circumstances.
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Stephen King’s serialized novel “The Green Mile” introduces readers to the lives of death row inmates and the prison guards responsible for them.
The story is narrated by Paul Edgecombe, a prison officer, who becomes deeply affected by the arrival of John Coffey, a gentle giant with mysterious powers. As the novel unfolds, it touches on themes of injustice, compassion, and the supernatural, culminating in a thought-provoking exploration of the human capacity for empathy and the complexities of moral choices.
“The Green Mile” is a deeply emotional journey that challenges preconceptions and delves into the profound connections that can form even in the most unexpected circumstances.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
John Boyne’s poignant novel “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” offers a heartbreaking perspective on the Holocaust through the eyes of Bruno, a young German boy, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy imprisoned in a concentration camp.
Despite the barbed wire fence that separates them, the boys form an unlikely friendship that transcends the confines of the camp. The novel raises profound questions about innocence, ignorance, and the devastating impact of hatred and prejudice.
Through its powerful narrative, Boyne invites readers to reflect on the human cost of historical atrocities and the enduring need for empathy and understanding.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
In “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom recounts his life-changing conversations with his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz, as Morrie faces a terminal illness.
The memoir offers a profound exploration of life’s fundamental questions, touching on topics such as aging, love, death, and the pursuit of meaning.
As Morrie imparts his wisdom and insights, the book becomes a testament to the enduring value of human connection and the lessons that can be learned through embracing mortality. Albom’s narrative serves as a heartwarming reminder to prioritize the things that truly matter in life
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman delves into the intricacies of a small town’s hockey team and the profound impact of difficult choices.
The novel explores themes of loyalty, community, ambition, and the consequences of standing up for one’s principles. As the town becomes divided by a scandal, Backman delves into the complexities of human nature and the ways in which individuals are tested when their values are challenged.
Through its characters and their struggles, “Beartown” offers an emotionally resonant narrative that examines the nuances of right and wrong, and the sacrifices made in the pursuit of justice.
May that 18 books make you feel something that will allow you to see the world in a more empathetic way! ?
What’s the saddest book you’ve read?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
This book can definitely cost you a lot of tears and it’s the saddest book I’ve read in my life.
Why do books make us cry?
Because of how creatively written the stories and the plots are. Good sad plot stories and good write ups are equal to books that will make you cry.
Is it normal to cry after reading a book?
Absolutely, yes — in fact, it’s a sign you’re one strong emotional and empathetic warrior.