Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. Happy February! This week we’re listing the books that make you cry. I don’t often cry from a book but I love books that make me feel. And I think you do too because one of my most popular posts ever is my top ten heart-breaking books list from two years ago. In no particular order, these are the books that tugged at my heartstrings:
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – If any book on this list made me cry actual tears, it’s this one. A motorcycle accident leaves Will a quadriplegic and the will to live. His caregiver and friend Louisa hopes to change his mind. This is a heavy story that makes you feel and makes you think.
2. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – This book just killed me! It takes place in 1987 when a fourteen-year-old girl has just lost her beloved uncle to AIDS. She befriends his partner, changing both their lives.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read the book after seeing the movie (and bawling my eyes out.) Such an effecting story about the Holocaust, about loss, survival, and heart.
4. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – The ending of this book just guts me and gives me chills. This is about two lost and damaged characters who find each other, and their journey to heal. Hope Katja Millay writes another book- I’ve already reread this one!
5. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I think all of Hoover’s books are a little melancholy but Hopeless especially. It’s a raw and emotional love story / mystery that lingers with you.
6. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney – This is a male POV book about Danny, a teen who recently lost his mother to cancer and is trying to heal. The author makes the grieving process in the book ring true, and the story is quite touching. I did shed a few tears with this one.
7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – Love Letters is an epistolary novel reminiscent of Perks of Being a Wallflower. A girl is grieving the loss of her sister and processing the death by writing letters to her sisters’ favorite dead celebrities. This book is moving and hopeful and made me feel so much. Look for Love Letters when it comes out in April.
8. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson – A sad book about friendship, morals, grief and love in a military community. Really powerful read that resonates.
9. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – A teen plans to go to school and murder his ex-best friend and take his own life. This book takes place over 24 hours and tells the story of how he got to that place. He thinks “It gets better” is a joke and my heart ached for Leonard.
10. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas – Rose’s mom dies of cancer and leaves behind a survival kit to help her move on. A lot of the survival kit contents lead to Will, someone else who’s dealing with loss. This story is touching and hopeful and has stayed with me since I read it a few years ago.
What books make you feel or cry your eyes out?