There are only 9 books that have made me cry. I really wanted to round it up to 10 but turns out I’m not much of a crier, eesh.
As I’ve read 200 books, I did expect the number to be higher but not to worry as I have another 1,000 books on my TBR so I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities for me to completely soak my pillow.
1) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
If I could recommend only one YA novel for the next year or so, it would be this. I loved this book so much that all I’m doing sometimes is counting down the days when I can read something like this again. I do not like to revisit books anymore but if I had to, it would be this.
This book was so real and the characters, especially Finch, for me, was so relatable. It’s a beautiful exploration of mental health and how two people who are both suffering find solace in each other and believe in one another.
Finch lives in two modes, one in the light and one in the dark. In the light, he explores possibilities and lives fully but he knows the darkness is coming for him eventually. Violet is a truly remarkable and loving person. I want a friend like Violet!
I had to keep putting the book down to gather myself and emotionally recover. But I’m so glad I’ve read this. Jennifer Niven: I will now read anything you write.
2) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I cried within the first 50 pages or so. For most of us, we usually have a parent, grandparent or a relative that is our rock, our best friend or are our kindred spirit. And when we lose that person, we lose the feeling of coming home to a familiar face who accepts us just as we are. We lose that one person we wish we could have held on to forever. As life goes on, their absence remains with us and we look for them in other people.
This is why Theodore is such a relatable character. Also, Hobie’s acts of kindness and gentle spirit moved me throughout the book.
3) The Body (Different Seasons novella) by Stephen King
Having watched Stand By Me, I was eager to read the book. The story is short yet impactful.
I cried throughout the film and when I read the book, I cried so much at the ending. The book ending is much different, I won’t give away spoilers other than that it is devastating.
I felt that I cried a lot more reading the books ending than the films. It was just way more tragic for one character so I’m glad the film changed it around.
Failed dreams, broken hopes and lost souls who never really had a chance at all. I really wish there could just be a chance for every person, that we’d take a chance on people and believe in them. Or help them to believe in themselves at the very least.
4) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Oh, Mary, Mary, quite contrary… you are not alone. You are definitely not alone.
I never thought I’d come across a character whose childhood would be so similar to mine and yet here she is.
She may not be so agreeable but can you blame her? She was far from equipped to deal with social etiquette and lacked the knowledge to make friends. By the end of the book, she grew to be completely different. Kinder, loving and a caring friend.
She bloomed like the secret garden and like the garden she just needed a little tending.
And that’s part one concluded. Let me know in the comment section what books made you cry and do get recommending because I do love a good sobfest!
I am still reading The Odyssey. The writing is beautiful but I wish there was more action although I’m sure that will happen soon.
Also, I’ve been thinking to rejoin the Twitterverse . I feel quite shy about joining as barely any of my friends are on it and I have this fear that I will just get lost in the crowd… which is true but… I want to join and I probably just need that push!
Anyway, Sophski out.