Sometimes it’s nice to have a good long cry, and if you are like me, that can be hard to do organically sometimes. The best solution to that is to either watch The Fox and Hound, or to read some great books that will inevitably make you sob. Here’s a couple that always work for me:
- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – Okay so technically, this is the third and final book in a trilogy so you’ll have to read the first two to catch up but it’s very much worth it. The whole book is beautiful and melancholy (but not depressing), and there’s one chapter in particular that never fails to make me ugly-cry. I will not spoil it, but it’s titled “The Harpies” and you’ll understand why when you get to it.
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – This children’s book is about a boy who trains two coonhound hunting dogs. Don’t let the fact that it’s a children’s book fool you: it’s a story about a boy and his dogs so I’ll let you come to obvious conclusion there, and why this story makes me cry.
3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Despite it’s extremely dark premise (a teenage girl is raped and murdered and watches her family from Heaven as they pick up the pieces of their lives), there is a good balance in this book, and a true sweetness and hopeful message. Therefore the crying that happens here is less about the horror of a young girl dying in a terrible way, but more about the love she feels for her family and friends, and vice versa.
4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – This is the first book in another trilogy and hoo-boy I cannot believe I almost forgot about this novel. It’s so good. It follows the story of a boy named Todd who lives in a world where everyone can hear the internal thoughts of men. There are no women. Until one day when Todd finds a girl in the woods and realizes he cannot hear her “Noise”. The boy also has a pet dog, so apply the Red Fern Rule to this book too.
5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – This might be one of the more obvious books on this list but it’s still on here for a reason. Seeing Charlie’s progression throughout the novel as he tests an experimental surgical technique intending to increase his intelligence is moving and ultimately, heart-breaking.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Room by Emma Donoghue
Circe by Madeline Miller
Happy cry-reading, everyone!