The wonderful thing about literature is that it captures all variations of emotions, from happiness to the darkest moments of the human condition. Melancholic and heart-wrenching books resonate something inside and evoke memories and sensations we can relate to. Therefore, it’s sometimes inevitable not to be emotional and end up crying while reading a certain book. Maybe some of you never shed a tear, but you have to admit, there must have been that that one book (or books) that at least made you feel somewhat sorrowful. Being an emotional person, there have been so many books that provoked tears-whether it was a death of a character or simply the story is so captivating that it reaches us to multiple levels and that includes sadness. Here are just some books that made me sad, shed a tear, and basically turned me to an emotional mess.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead If You Haven’t Read The Book.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
When your favorite characters meet their demise, it’s difficult not to be sad over their death. The most devastating for me were Sirius, Dumbledore, and Dobby’s death. Truthfully, the last three books had me emotionally drained.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Truth be told, I actually wasn’t a fan of this book. I was very bitter after reading, it; however, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t tug at my heartstrings. Hassan was the character I was so emotionally invested in throughout the entire novel. I was sad for him, and the circumstances that he had to endure were heartbreaking. The way he was treated and his eventual death made me a shed a tear or two.
For More One More Day by Mitch Albom
“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.”
Excerpt from my review of this book:
These was one of those books that really forces to reflect on yourself. As humans, we seem to naturally have the desire for something or someone we don’t/can’t have. Moreover, we often have a knack of taking those around us for granted, simply because they have been there for us one too many times. And then, we only realize our mistakes when it’s too late.
One of the things that touched me, was the unconditional love that parents have for their children, which in this case Charley’s mom’s love for him.
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Holocaust has been one of my favorite subjects to read about in History class and to this day I still ponder the inhumane acts that one person can do to their own fellow human being. This book made me an emotional wreck. Elie Wiesel recounts his experiences being in the concentration camps. It’s devastating and all you can do is feel glad that he survived. As I was reading this, you cannot help but think, picture, imagine, feel what those oppressed people went through— and the sad part of it is you will never really know. On another note, I also read Diary of Anne Frank; however, I don’t recall if I cried or not, but I’m sure that sadness was the only emotion I felt while reading it.
A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
I was already aware that this book was going to have a sad ending because some inconsiderate person had to spoil it for me. Because of that I knew I wasn’t going to cry when I read it..Boy I was totally wrong.
A tear-jerking romance when you know that the couple weren’t really going to get a happily ever after. Of course, I was bawling my eyes out.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I feel like there is no explanation for this. Almost any book that has cancer involved or at least a character has some illness and will probably never live for very long…of course you will feel sad. What made it worst was the fact that you didn’t even expect that particular death of a character.
These are just some of the books that made me emotionally drained. I’m sure that there were others that made me feel really sad…
As for you dear readers, were there any books that made you shed tears or at least felt sad after reading?
Unless you’re a robot, devoid of emotions ? 😉 Share and comment below.