Hello y’all! It’s Day 30 of #blogtober and let’s end (almost) this journey with a teary eye. Yes quite literally this time!
For times when books give your heart that slight tug, for times when you think the book will emotionally break you but you feel stronger after sobbing – the best feelings for a bookworm.
If you’re looking for cry worthy books, all in good sense, then check these top 5 recommendations.
1. Holding Up the Universe – by Jennifer Niven
The story of two broken, battered people looking to find sense in life. Libby was America’s fattest teen and struggling with her body and weight. Jack has prosopagnosia – the inability to identify faces. The friendship and romance between Jack and Libby is vivid and so emotional.
The character development throughout the story is so good, you can feel their raw emotions. The book talks about grief, body shaming, death, and body positivity in such a heartwrenching and beautiful manner.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Benjamin Alire Saenz is one of my current favorite authors. I’ve devoured both his books and am looking forward to a re-reading them.
Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe is an LGBTQ story of boy-boy friendship. And before you stereotype it like any other gay YA romance, let me tell you this one is a lot deeper and emotional than you expect. It traces two boys, their family dynamics, and how they find not just themselves but also each other’s friendship and love throughout the book. The lush lyrical writing and the emotional feel is so good. I’ve recommended it to so many friends and they’ve all loved it.
3. Marley and Me – by John Grogan
A book has doggies – I’m sold at that. Marley and Me is an awwdorable story of Marley, a naughty Labrador. It’s beautiful, heartwarming, and super emotional. Reading it as a pet parent was so relatable, but then some things didn’t go as smoothly and it was all snort and ugly tears!
I remember bawling my eyes and heart out; hugging Romeo and then crying some more after reading Marley and Me. Also watch the movie, if you have extra tissues!!
4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi
I don’t remember crying in any book as much as I did in this! This is an autobiography of a doctor who’s battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. That transition from a doctor to a patient, that hospital feel, needles and pain, it was all so relatable at a personal level. My dad suffered from cancer and reading someone else describing that pain and helplessness was so emotional.
Special warning for reading the Epilogue. Trust me if this doesn’t break you, you’ve nailed emotional zen in life!
5. Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is known for her emotional writing. This was one of the first books I ready by her, and it still resonates that catharsis. The story is about a young girl, Willow, who has Type III Osteogenesis imperfect (brittle bone disease). For Willow’s parents life is a constant struggle – caring for Willow, mounting hospital bills.
On a trip an unfortunate accident happens, and the family files a wrongful birth lawsuit on the doctor who’s a close friend of Willow’s parents. It’s an emotional story of a family as they see their daughter fight for life every step, while the parents try to understand what’s right and wrong, and just how to survive!
If you have a cry worthy book recommendation, do share it in the comments below. And come back tomorrow for the last day of #blogtober. See you!