Since I have yet to finish a book for reviews, I decided to do some bookish ramblings. Authors and their books have this way of eliciting a multitude of emotions from us. When books make me go through a rollercoaster of feelings, well, it sticks to me. Most of the time, it’s because of the author’s writing and sometimes it’s just the situation that the characters find themselves in.
Now, if you’ve followed my blog long enough, you’d know that I cry very easily. I cry when I’m sad, happy, laughing, angry, name an emotion, I’ve probably cried at one point when I felt it. I cry when I read. I cry when I watch movies. I cry when I see widowed fathers — I honestly, don’t know why. I’m an emotional mess haha. I think it has to do with my empathy and compassion. I always put myself in the their shoes and think about how I’d feel if my brother died, or my boyfriend left me, or I lost my home. Books that I cry over usually tend to become my favorites — it’s not the case every time though.
I can write a book of all the books that have made me cry because it’s a lot. So, I settled with the top ten books that made me cry the most. Let’s get started! There really aren’t any spoilers ahead, unless you’re really that perceptive — but if you want to be safe, you’re more than welcome to skip my explanations.
Books That Made Me Cry (and by cry I mean sob)
(If only I looked that put together when I cry, but I mean come on, it’s Dean Winchester!)
1. Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Let’s start with CP. It was one chapter that unraveled me — I call it the truth chapter because you find out the truth and certain characters find out the truth and in the end your heart is crushed. Now CP2, I can write a whole essay about why this book made me cry. First of all, it was the last book in my favorite trilogy. How can I say goodbye to Will Herondale?!? Then, everything that happens. Don’t even get me started on that epilogue. It may be the best epilogue that I’ve ever hated haha.
2. The Assassin’s Blade and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. The ending of Assassin’s just killed me. I was literally numb. I couldn’t breathe. It was too painful. Heir‘s ending was equally heartbreaking for me — you’d know why if you knew who my 2nd favorite character is in this series and what happens to them. Luckily for me, I read it after Assassin’s and I had no tears left to cry. I was just dry sobbing by then.
3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This is one of those books where I cried but I didn’t love the book. I actually didn’t like the book that much, mostly because of the writing. I know, I know. How dare I? Green’s writing style isn’t for me but I cried because of the situation. These kids have cancer and that hits close to home. My dad died (and came back to life–thank you God) because of cancer and thinking about that alone just makes me start tearing up.
3. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han: The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer. So. Much. Drama. But I love the closeness that the two families displayed and all the drama between them, almost driving them apart was really hard for me to read. The cancer card with Conrad’s and Jeremiah’s mom got me here, too.
4. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The ending of this book really surprised me. It caught me so off guard, I had to read it over again and I just couldn’t believe it. I was crying and begging that what I read wasn’t true. It was a mess. It was even worse when I read it in Daemon’s point of view. I think I almost passed out from hyperventilating.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Okay, who did not cry in these two books?! Because I give you props for having such a strong heart and you need to teach me your ways! It’s like JKR thought, “Okay, let’s take Anjie’s 4 favorite characters and give them the worst endings.” Still not over it.
6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Don’t let the cheery title deceive you like it did me! This was so not the happy I was thinking! — Okay, it was but getting there was no treat. What made me cry the most was Isla and everything she faced. We’re one in the same. Might as well call it Anjie and the Happily Ever After when I was reading it. (Any takers on being my Josh Sanderson??)
7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Anything involving family deaths will do it for me. Within the first 20 pages of the book (or just the synopsis alone), you find out that Mia’s parents instantly died. I have a close family, as close as Mia’s and while I read If I Stay, I couldn’t help but think what I would do if I was in Mia’s position. Would I want to stay? Would you?
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Here’s another instant cry for me: World War 2/The Holocaust. Have you ever seen Life is Beautiful (La Vita é Bella)? Death by drowning in tears. Book Thief had the same effect on me. It was one of those books that made me think beyond the characters in the pages. I thought about the Jews and those who helped them and how they faced persecution and gruesome deaths for no reason at all. I thought about their fear and desperation. Then the book’s ending hits you like a tidal wave and there’s no coming back.
9. The One by Kiera Cass. There were happy tears here but there were some very, very sad tears, too. There was a moment in the book where it was touch-and-go and I was shaking from the uncertainty. When things blew up, it was like the anticipation was killing you and then people got hurt and it was no longer the anticipation.
10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Here’s another favorite trilogy of mine coming to an end. Too many characters that I loved were hurt in this book and reading about their pain or their deaths hurt me so much. Collins had such a way of writing these books and letting the characters go was tough. I can’t say more without spoiling the book but to read the pain in Katniss’s point of view was really painful.