Dear faithful readers, I need your help. It’s an odd request I’ll admit, but I need some suggestions. I have only read two books that have made me cry this year: Olive’s Ocean and Mockingjay. (What? Futuristic, dystopian novels don’t make you weep, too?) Sure, I also teared up a little when I re-read Katsa and Po’s struggle at the end of Graceling, but it didn’t quench my thirst for that profound, moving experience that has been mostly absent from my reading life this year.
We have many people that ask us for recommendations in their search for something light to read, something funny, something cozy. I’m on the exact opposite end of the spectrum: the more tissues I have to use, the better. The puffier my eyes get, the happier I am. It means I have found a book that engages and challenges me emotionally. If you’re one of the oddballs like me, someone who’s always craving the next tear-jerker, I have some recommendations for you. They’re all very different books that will (hopefully) make you cry for very different reasons.
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić: How do children experience war? This novel depicts the Bosnian war of the ’90s through the eyes of a young boy growing up among the chaos. It’s also a very genuinely funny book… that is, it’s funny during the parts you’re not crying.
Atonement by Ian McEwan: With about two sentences near the end, this book challenged the way I view fiction… and had me sobbing.