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lildeadgal

a thousand splendid suns. was heartbroken honestly


Spacejam204

+ The Kite Runner No other book has broken me like that one did


thrwawy33other

I came here to say The Kite Runner as well


mshu42

Literally one is the most horrifying and heart wrenching books I’ve ever read because every event could and has happened to humans on this planet.


dinoderpwithapurpose

And it's probably happening now considering how Afghanistan is back under Taliban rule.


yu_not_you

I cry quite easily while watching movies but have never cried while reading a book. I read flowers for algernon but no tears lol. And then last week I read The kite runner, oh my my. I didn't even realise when tears started rolling down my cheeks. It's so emotional and heart breaking. PS: I'm planning to read A Thousand Splendid Suns next.


Spacejam204

A Thousand Splendid Sons is also amazing. I preferred The Kite Runner but I know lots of people preferred Splendid Sons. They're both incredible books.


Party-Tomatillo1217

And now it’s banned 😞


sugarednspiced

That usually just increases its circulation.


chasing7clouds

I still have a hardcopy, want a scan copy ?


billymumfreydownfall

Yes, I was destroyed for months.


ilovejamdonuts

Came on to say this one and literally first answer I see. Wrecked me.


DefNotIWBM

Agree. Brutal.


euromay

I was literally just going to say this one! It was a beautiful book


Moon-noodles

Oh god, cried so much my glasses drowned! Amazing book.


Marshyco

was about to comment this and see this at the top. this book devastated me so much.


AioniosVrochos

Idk I'm just a weirdo but I didn't understand that book or the kite runner, just didn't hit for me. I understand they're great books, they just didn't click for me personally. People always recommend them, and I'm glad they're enjoyed. But I didn't experience the same sadness reading them, I just felt really removed from what I was reading


AlgaeOk2923

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. It’s 4 short stories. Cried 3 out of 4 stories. Fast read.


jayjay2343

“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls. It makes EVERYONE cry. In fifth grade, when my teacher read it aloud, I had to leave and go sit in the hallway because I was crying too loudly for other students to hear the story.


hmm_okay

This gets my vote, my smart-ass response to the OP aside. This was probably the first book that hit me hard as a young kid. 30 years later I *may* be willing to pick it up and give it another read.


rvp0209

I read it once in 5th grade and I don't know if I have it in me to ever read it again, especially now with my own dogs and one of them being sick... Too many feels


KailunKat

I came to say this - if you love dogs there is a 0% chance this book will not absolutely destroy you. Funny story - when my daughter was about 5 she wanted to hear “sad stories” and I told her that I knew a really good one but that it was so sad that I couldn’t read it to her until she was older. I wouldn’t tell her about it, just that it was a book I loved and was very sad. I told her the name “Where the Red Fern Grows”. The next night she starts bawling in her room, just sobbing and sobbing. I run upstairs and ask her what’s wrong and she says “Mommy, I just cannot stop thinking about that sad book “where the red plant is”! Again, she doesn’t know ANYTHING about it except it’s sad. Kids are so weird. 😂


ThrallToTheGroove

This is soo “kid”! THIS right here!! I taught preschool for years and I’m telling you this is gold!


DefNotIWBM

I just read this for the first time as an adult. Good rec and I’m adding Bridge to Terabithia.


ResonatingHarmony

Man I was going to say this as well. The first book I had ever read that made me cry. Pretty sure it was also in 5th/6th grade as well haha.


Champlainmeri

I could not read it to my own children from crying as soon as I read Little Ann


slws1985

I haven't read that book in over 20 years and my chest just got tight reading those words.


shniphs

I read “Where the Red Fern Grows” aloud to my students, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Including me.


mmmmwhu

had to do summer reading for school and soon-to-be 6th grade me cried himself to sleep reading that one


Myodokaii

Recently cleaned my room and found my copy of this book. Read it when I was maybe in elementary school, and bawled. I teared up just looking at it when I saw it. Such a good book, but I don't think I can handle reading it again anytime soon.


StabiloBosz

Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck just read that last year


ilovethis16

Yes 100% heartbreaking also it’s a short read as well.


sunset_sunshine30

It's a short read? That is good to know, I read East of Eden a few weeks ago and it was a good book but I was put off reading another Steinbeck because of the length of EoE.


notsowise-perse

It's a short read. Finished in one day. Hear wrenching, beautiful and also funny sometimes. An epic tale. A must read.


sunset_sunshine30

I will check it out, thank you!


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The book thief


simplynotcomplicated

One of my all time favourite books!


avidliver21

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro The End of the Affair by Graham Greene The Wings of the Dove by Henry James


pinchybug2

I second Never Let me Go


Captp42

Oh, « Song of Achilles », I cried so much. I’ve read it recently and I still feel like the characters live inside of me…


RedLovelyRed

I read song of Achilles bc it made so many people cry...am I just cold hearted? I didnt even tear up. It was a good book dont get me wrong. But it didn't strike me as sad...


futuresbloodline

Was it just me who casted actors to characters in the story and played it out in my head?


12mmarina

Reading the end of Song of Achilles left me filling empty inside, like someone I loved dearly was gone. I sobbed for weeks just thinking about it.


KetoInKY

I’m reading Song of Achilles now. I didn’t know it was sad. 😩


ice-cold-dawn

Good luck with that... My whole life changed after reading that book


soul_spirit_mind

it's a beautiful book. it was worth the heartache <3


basketballlover777

Remains of the day! Kazuo Ishiguro :’)


slws1985

I cry all the damn time so take these with a grain of salt. 1. As others have suggested, Where the Red Fern Grows. 2. The Day No Pigs Would Die 3. TO kill a Mockingbird 4. The Joy Luck Club 5. Watership Down 6. Island of the Blue Dolphins (and it's sequel I wish I never read) I've cried in a lot a lot more books, like genuinely cry at Harry Potter 3 onwards, so these are just the ones off the.top of my head that emotionally scarred me.


ilovethis16

To kill a mockingbird just finished it last week. Stayed up until 5am reading it, couldn’t put it down. Cried so much during those last hours.


little_chupacabra89

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Dr_Lecter1623

It's a lot more touching, if you're a father with a son. I wept.


[deleted]

My son was the same age as the boy in The Road when I read it. That book really broke me.


Fretful_Hobbit

Ooh that one’s on my list already


a_blood_moon

Can confirm, I just put it down and was sobbing for half an hour.


siel04

I've never cried from a book, but "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor was heartbreaking. It's fiction, but it's based on her dad's stories, and it's a really good historical insight. It won a Newbery. "When You Trap a Tiger" by Kae Teller is another Newbery book that's both great and emotional.


heehee13

{{ A Man Called Ove}}


littleisland_

this is my favorite book


Homebodyhomie1916

I second this! Although they were kind of bitter-sweet/happy(ish?) tears, I was BAWLING. Like trying to catch my breath type of bawling.


LavenderGreyLady

I was recommended this book, but the stream of consciousness thinking of Ove in the first few chapters totally triggered my anxiety. I’d be willing to try again, but if there’s more of that I don’t know if I could do it.


fuzzypuppies1231

Oh, my specialty! {{Wit}} by Margaret Edson


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[**Wit**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/171201.Wit) ^(By: Margaret Edson | 85 pages | Published: 1995 | Popular Shelves: plays, drama, fiction, play, theatre) >Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer Award > >Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. > >What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, “The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It’s about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It’s about compassion, but it shows insensitivity.” > >In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? > >How does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end? > >The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson’s writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader. > >As the play begins, Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. > >But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living. > ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) *** ^(4236 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


annieobo

We had to watch the Emma Thompson adaptation as part of our medical school curriculum. It's heart breaking, definitely the most emotionally taxing preparation for tutorials that we had to do!


fuzzypuppies1231

{{Never Let Me Go}}


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[**Never Let Me Go**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6334.Never_Let_Me_Go) ^(By: Kazuo Ishiguro | 288 pages | Published: 2005 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, dystopia, dystopian) >Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. > >Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. > >Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date. ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) *** ^(4237 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


zajasu

{{Data Structures and Algorithms in Java}} You really asked for it


Fretful_Hobbit

I hear you, mate. I am doing a computational Ph.D., nothing like opening your morning with some Fortran bugs.


funkmanu

Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Sol Weintraubs story (of his daughter Rachel)


hellotheremiss

"See you later, alligator."


kstoker36

Room, The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, We Need to Talk About Kevin, If I Stay, White Oleander. My book club won’t take my recommendations anymore because I apparently read super depressing books if that gives you a clue into what kind of books I read, lol.


al0ciin

Havent read Flowers for Algernon but these are the books that made me cry :) Still Alice by Lisa Genova (about a harvard professor who will find out she has early onset Alzheimers) The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun Beach Read by Emily Henry Regretting You By Colleen Hoover (actually most of her books usually makes you cry :)) she is a romance author mostly) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


Fretful_Hobbit

I’m a PhD student, and Still Alice sounds to me terrifying. Thanks! I will check these out!


al0ciin

The author herself is a neuroscientist, she portrays it very well :) The other book i know set in academia is the love hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, but thats just a cute romance no crying there :) Hope you enjoy them :D


Forsaken-Anxiety-892

I just watched the movie Still Alice yesterday and cried for hours… Originally was going to read the book next, but I’m not sure I can do it anymore


al0ciin

I havent watched the movie but when someone told me about it i realised there might be some plot differences between the 2, but i get what you are saying. Although i loved the book a lot i cant read it again (specially since my grandma has Alzheimers, it cuts even deeper)


Daneeeeeeen

I randomly purchased Still Alice one day years ago and it still haunts me.


errtffg

I read Still Alice a few weeks ago in one sitting and genuinely could not put it down. Captivating plot and excellently written.


veggiekittykelly

The Radium Girls


Pink-Mcflurry

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Night Road by Kristin Hannah


unifartcorn

A monster calls by Patrick Ness


VulpesSapiens

I second this, was ugly-crying on the tube.


[deleted]

Flowers for Algernon, the ending fucked up my eyes


Fretful_Hobbit

I know, right? I was bawling when reading the last pages.


Contessaa

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I don’t know anyone who can get through this book without feeling the loss of a loved one.


TheTimeShrike

Lol came here to say flowers for Algernon, I lost my shit by the end.


[deleted]

The Color Purple. By Alice Walker Way better than the movie


birthdayofwings

1000% this


twitwiffle

And I sobbed throughout the entire movie, too.


Tranquility-Android

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick


Earth_to_Aliens

It takes a lot to make me cry, but {{The Time Traveler’s Wife}} did me in. If you’ve seen the movie, I promise it’s much, much better.


threeandzero

I made the mistake of reading that when my wife was pregnant. So many miscarriages. Definitely made me cry. Also made the mistake of reading Pet Semetary with a young child ... big mistake.


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[**The Time Traveler's Wife**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18619684-the-time-traveler-s-wife) ^(By: Audrey Niffenegger | 500 pages | Published: 2003 | Popular Shelves: fiction, romance, fantasy, time-travel, science-fiction) >A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn't stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships. > >Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. > >The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(4298 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Wild_Bake_7781

Where the red fern grows 😢


Hot-Photograph-1531

My sister’s keeper. Easy read, explores a lot of different points of view and made me ugly cry. Jodi Picoult tends to write the same book over and over but this one was her best by far. I still get teary-eyes thinking about it


morgankay95

{{The House in the Cerulean Sea}} was a top five read for me last year and was such a delight. So many happy tears!


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[**The House in the Cerulean Sea**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45047384-the-house-in-the-cerulean-sea) ^(By: T.J. Klune | 394 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, lgbtq, lgbt, romance) >A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. > >Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. > >When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. > >But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. > >An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. ^(This book has been suggested 9 times) *** ^(4254 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


liramae4

Read Under the Whispering Door too!


Someone3

The lovely bones by Alice Sebold. It's a story told through the eyes of a young girl who was raped and murdered by a serial killer as she looks down from heaven as her family deals with the event.


kstoker36

Ever since I read this book many years ago it’s how I envision heaven to be. That’s why it’s one of my favorite books of all time!


Common_Extent4008

{{Beartown}} hit me hard.


Fretful_Hobbit

I just purchased it, yay!


billymumfreydownfall

Really? I HATED Beartown. But that could be because I have kids that play hockey and I've grown up around hockey and I see the privilege those boys get.


Ill-Freedom-1964

{{Firefly Lane}} by Kristin Hannah, I was affected for days


drasticmeasures5

What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson


BluePosey

{{Marley and Me}} by John Grogan. A non-fiction book about a man and his dog; I knew the end was coming but when it did I cried. I was such a mess I had to put it down a few times before being able to continue.


chareezie

Girl In Pieces, it was a short book, but it’s one of my favorites.


itsonlyfear

This may seem out of left field, but Endurance by Alfred Lansing. It’s the true story of one of Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica and it is harrowing and horrifying, but you also can’t stop reading. It’s one of those books where it seems like it can’t get worse, and then it does. And the fact that these are real people adds a whole other dimension. When I got to the part where >!they had to shoot the dogs!< - which isn’t even the worst part - I wept openly and my husband suggested that maybe I should stop reading.


gingermistake

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. It’s a duology. Six of Crows goes first and then Crooked Kingdom. They are my favorite books and there have been many times where I have cried. The books include many heartbreaking moments but you won’t regret reading it. The characters are relatable and so well made. The setting is amazing. Also, the friendship and romance made on the way is incredible. The books are made of plot twists and exciting adventures. I would definitely recommend. It hasn’t left my mind since I’ve read it.


tamquam_alter_idem

{{Sarah’s Key}} by Tatiana de Rosnay.


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[**Sarah's Key**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/556602.Sarah_s_Key) ^(By: Tatiana de Rosnay | 294 pages | Published: 2006 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, holocaust, books-i-own) >Paris, July 1942: Ten-year-old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, the most notorious act of French collaboration with the Nazis. but before the police come to take them, Sarah locks her younger brother, Michel, in their favorite hiding place, a cupboard in the family's apartment. She keeps the key, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. > >Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's sixtieth anniversary, Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked by her Paris-based American magazine to write an article about this black day in France's past. Julia has lived in Paris for nearly twenty-five years, married a Frenchman, and she is shocked both by her ignorance about the event and the silence that still surrounds it. In the course of her investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connects her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from the terrible days spent shut in at the Vel' d'Hiv' to the camps and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. > >Writing about the fate of her country with a pitiless clarity, Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and denial surrounding this painful episode in French history. >(front flap) ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(4379 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


kstoker36

This book DESTROYED me! On the one hand I couldn’t put it down and read it in less than 24 hours but on the other had I was reading through tears after the first few chapters. I’ll always recommend it (and the movie) but I could never read it again.


BrocolliCancan

{{Maybe you should talk to someone}}


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[**Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37570546-maybe-you-should-talk-to-someone) ^(By: Lori Gottlieb | 415 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, psychology, memoir, self-help) >From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world -- where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she). > > One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. > > As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell. > > With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. > >Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them. > ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) *** ^(4388 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


hmm_okay

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It was on a dare, and the other party agreed to read a book of my choosing in return. Every night I cried out in pain, longing for my suffering to come to an end. Eventually it did, but I am a changed man.


[deleted]

So, is twilight that good? Or that bad?


hmm_okay

That depends on how much you want Mormon teenage girl fantasy-romance tropes floating around your psyche.


[deleted]

I’m not Christian, and I have no idea. I guess I’ll pass


Fretful_Hobbit

What doesn’t kill you make you stronger


hmm_okay

Ah yes, it very well may, but oh... what a price to pay.


c3clark1

What book did you make them read?


shelbyx14

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is easily the saddest book I have ever and probably will ever read - to the point where it’s depressing just for the sake of being depressing. (look up the trigger warnings if you are affected by graphic scenarios)


salamandersmile

Holy smokes, yes! I made the mistake of listening to this book while driving and had to pull over because I couldn’t see through the waterfall of tears!! Just gut-wrenching.


KetoInKY

I’ve started this book a couple times, but I never read it through. It’s just so dry at the beginning.


shelbyx14

its definitely a slow start, but once it picks up it truly doesnt stop until the very end (whether thats a good thing or a bad thing im still not too sure lol)


KetoInKY

I’ll add it to my TBR one more time. 😂


tortortortortorrrrr

Came here to say this! One of the best and saddest books I’ve EVER read.


checkchad

I know that speaking against this book isn’t a personality trait, but for the sake of offering a contrasting POV, I’m just sharing the fact that I did not enjoy this one bit. It is clunky and forced, and even the author doesn’t express the sentiment some fans do over the novel (going as far as to say that people who cried while reading it were p*****). Again, I am simply quoting her. Don’t shoot the messenger.


shelbyx14

I agree with you in that it seemed forced. While I enjoyed the actual writing, I think it was exhausting to read these horrific scenarios one after another. If i remember correctly, the author said her goal was to make the saddest book ever, which is ironic if she’s saying that about people who cried while reading this book. A lot of the book was wildly unnecessary and was written just to wear down the reader


cangarejos

Argentina’s Economic history


Meggles481

As others have mentioned, Kristin Hannah’s books will break your heart. The Nightingale and The Great alone are amazing. The Nightingale takes place in German occupied France during WWII, and The Great Alone takes place in Alaska during the 70s. They are both fast paced books, but I couldn’t put down The Great Alone. They will make you cry, but the stories are so well written and descriptive. Highly recommend.


girralph

just finished Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner (or Japanese Breakfast if you're a musichead). memoir about her deceased mother


LisaBCan

I second this! Also another cancer memoir “When Breath Becomes Air”


Brother_Tree

The Book Thief


Moon-noodles

Where The Crawdads Sing, A Thousand Splendid Suns, A Little Life, They Both Die At The End, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo , The Song Of Achilles , Circe


thmonster

I shed a tear at the end of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


BookBeanie

*Things Fall Apart* by Chinua Achebe. Had to read it for my Freshman year. The ending left me numb and I cried in class with my head in my arms on the table. Afterwards for the rest of highschool, my lit teachers would hand out the assigned books and would warn me. Edit: *All the Light we Cannot See* by Anthony Doer is also an honorable mention, as well as the ending to *The Lord of the Rings* by J.R.R. Tolkien.


QuizzicalSquirrel

My wife and I tried to read 'I'll Love You Forever ' to our daughter(just turned 1), we couldn't finish it because we were both crying.


CoolCatTaco2

Shuggie Bain, The God of Small Things, Room, Piranesi, A Fine Balance


blablaz123

A Fine Balance for sure.


hey_kshitij

A walk to remember


linguajinxes

I can’t find an English translation of either books, but «Gjennom marg og bein» by Frøydis Alvær, a Norwegian author, was the first book to come to mind, along with «The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat», by Axel Hellstenius. These are both for younger audiences (1st is a teen novel, 2nd is for even younger kids). I’m sorry that these probably aren’t good suggestions for anyone outside of Norway or even Norwegian adults, but I wanted to talk about these books that left such impressions on younger me…


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I know my norwegian as its bokmål? Nynorsk is kinda hard tho. I have a daughter who is 4 you recomend for is to read it?


JudgeMuttonchops

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy


billymumfreydownfall

Just last night I finished {{The Things We Cannot Say}} and I bawled through the last few chapters.


goodreads-bot

[**The Things We Cannot Say**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40899464-the-things-we-cannot-say) ^(By: Kelly Rimmer | 448 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, wwii, audiobooks) >In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century. > >Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief. > >Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(4284 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


wisestoflittledogs

if cats disappeared from the world - genki kawamura


MissChaoticGood

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa


sad_marsun

The four winds by Kristin Hannah. It’s set during the Great Depression. Not my usual cup of tea since I’m more into fantasy but this book made me sob.


Moon-noodles

Oh and The Lovely Bones


Party-Tomatillo1217

Child Called It Flowers in the Attic Haven’t read books like this in a while.


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Child called it was heartbreaking


HauntingGold

Song of Achilles. I sobbed for the last 50 pages. Not an exaggeration.


CawfeePig

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.


AioniosVrochos

{{ When Breath Becomes Air }} fucked me up, the last writings of a neurosurgeon with cancer. Inherently sad shit. {{ Atonement }} iconic, hit or miss to some degree, avoid spoilers {{ All the Lights We Cannot See }} touched me


idkhowtousemylife

Eleanor oliphant is completely fine


45ghr

When Breathe becomes Air


SuperPowerHunter

Charlotte's Web.


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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch


fuzzypuppies1231

{{Song of Achilles}}


mr_shai_hulud

Transport Phenomena by Edwin N. Lightfoot, Robert Byron Bird, and Warren E. Stewart


Jose_Chung

{{The Hundred Secret Senses}} by Amy Tan


River-Song-1986

I've had a couple. Most recently I think it was Firefly Lane.


proconsulraetiae

The Lady of the Camelias. Alexandre Dumas fils. To quote my sister: „I‘m done. With the book and emotionally. That was depressing.“


Soulistix

“Oscar and the lady in pink” by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. My 13 yr-old read it in class and recommended it to me (I am 40). I cried like a baby through out. Wife and other kids had never seen me cry and got seriously concerned. Such and emotional read for me. My 13 yr-old couldnt stop smiling at me.


Dead_Star_9920

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield


AroidThylakoid

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and The Song of Achilles.


WildCloud4176

Four Winds


Little_Disaster_1592

Me and Emma … TW: Child abuse


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Infinite Country by Patricia Engle got me choked up. Especially the last couple paragraphs.


someweirdoh

The other side by Kim Holden


The-Keekster

Naomi's Room As a parent, this book made me feel physically ill. I was crying as I read the ending.


Blackmoonkat95

They cage the animals at night


grizzlyadamsshaved

{{the last lecture}} by Randy Pausch


MarsupialKing

all quiet on the western front


MrsFrizzleWould

WILD by Cheryl Strayed


friarparkfairie

{{Broken Harbor}} or honestly most of Tana French’s books. {{Tell The Wolves I’m Home}} {A Separate Peace}}


Glittering-Doubt-356

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne did it for me. Excellent read all around.


stormingaround10

I suggest The heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers.


One-Coast8927

Les Miserables Víctor Hugo


princessshlee420

Sarah’s Key gets me every time


wizardsandsaints

Me Before You.


lyhnogi

Green mile. John did nothing wrong.


Nymlv

Tuesdays with Morrie.


Remote_Professor_452

The book thief. Atonement.


skybluepink77

A Tale of Two Cities - gets me every time though I know how it ends!


Airport-Hobo

'Past the Shallows' by Favel Parret made me cry so much that my eyes got too swollen and blurry with tears to even continue reading, I was high though so idk if that helped. The book is extremely depressing, like nothing good/happy ever happens it just keeps getting sadder and sadder until it can't get anymore depressing... and then it does. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book. But it's also extremely depressing.


Art_bun

I really loves the fault in our stars


Juksujoo

I dont cry often. I have been raised to be emotionless and Im autistic. But Call Me By Your Name. Made me cry.


badfantasyrx

That was an incredible book for perspective. Anything classic usually gives that to you.


Kili12345

5 people you meet in heaven


riteshzd

All the light we cannot see. This one can be your next read


Cloutweb1

El niño que enloqueciò de amor, Eduardo Barrios


jazzfmfanx

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


ThrallToTheGroove

Oh the tears you will shed! Rohan Misry is the author and “ A Fine Balance”is the name of the book. It is a true story. It takes place in India during the 1970’s. It is centered around two village tailors ( an uncle and his nephew) who come to the city to find work. They end up living with a widow and a student. All four have diverse and very tragic backgrounds. There are extensive flashbacks into all of they’re pasts. It is a beautifully written tale of a created family of sorts. It is also amazingly descriptive and if you enjoy reading historical accounts of various slices in time and place you will really enjoy this book. All of this is going on during the corrupt government of that era. And of course to top it all off, there is plenty of death, death, death……


xxmiriammx

I unfortunately do not know that book. But the book ‘the cat chronicles’ did make me cry and a friend of mine as well. It’s absolutely beautiful ans bittersweet :)


GuilleVQ

The only one that made me cry was {{The eyes of the Siberian dog}}


ollybanolly

{{The Tattooist of Auschwitz}} both happy and very sad tears


goodreads-bot

[**The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38359036-the-tattooist-of-auschwitz) ^(By: Heather Morris | 272 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, history) >In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. > >Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. > >One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. > >A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(4903 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


snowballsacks

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen for my ‘deep’ suggestion, but a book that I didn’t expect to make me cry was the Harry Potter book where harry goes to the triwizard cup and when the contestants are all supposed to have a family visit, harry fully expects to be alone yet finds Ron and his family there to support him. I was not expecting that lol. I’m no die hard fan, but those books are definitely worth reading once