11 Books that will make you cry


11 Books that will make you cry

When people forget to get in touch with their inner emotions, it may cause small complications in their lives. When we’re dealing with a variety of issues that only gets stuffed within our souls, it’s best to discover an outer source of emotional release.

The common phrase is that only women watch or read love stories that makes them cry. But anyone should be able to proudly embrace a story and let their emotional side release. This makes a person feel better because not only will they cry about the story, but they start reflecting on their own life as well. It’s important to be conscious of our feelings and rather than neglecting them, learn to control them.

Emotional stories give you a chance to become reflective upon yourself and a free therapeutic session that helps you empathize with other people.  So I present you with 11 books that will make you cry.

1. The Lovely Bones: lovely bones

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”

Many of you will be familiar with this novel because there’s already a film adaption made for it. But if you were to dive your mind into the novel, you’ll uncover the unusual aspect for its plot and narrative devices.

It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with accepting her own death. You will go through a building tale that focuses on hope, suspense and joy as you watch her witness the lives of those close to her questioning the man who murdered her, and tortured by the thought to where she disappeared off to.

 2. One Day by David Nicholls:
one day

In this novel, it’s the year 1988 and you come across of Dexter and Emma, who both play as the protagonist throughout the novel. After the two meet each other, they spend only one day together but from there on, they can’t stop thinking about one another.

After twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day – July 15th – of each year. Dexter and Emma face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

 3. Wisdom Hunter By Randall Arthur:
wisdom hunter

This release presents the hypocrisy of Christian legalism and a man’s search for the only surviving member of his family. The protagonist, Pastor Jason Faircloth, embarks on a journey that lasts 18 years, traveling across four countries in a journey to find the granddaughter who is being hidden from him. 

In a process that mirrors our own spiritual’s quests, he discovers a rich relationship with God and the peace that finally comes with true faith.

 4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein:
giving tree

This is a short tale that many of us read when we were only children. But it’s sometimes good for us to return back to books like these so we could uncover the life lesson that unfolds it them.

As for those who haven’t read it yet, it’s a tale about a boy who would come to a tree to eat her apples every day, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy.

But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This tender story touches you with sadness, along with consolation, meant for readers of all ages.

 5Clean by Amy Reed: 


This is the kind of book that you won’t be able to simply put down after picking it up. It compels you to turn page by page until you reach the very end. With multiple narrators, the story delivers each personality with complete difference. This isn’t just a novel that explains the subject of drugs and alcohol, but the engagement of sexual violence as well.

Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves.

None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves—and one another—if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down

6. A Child called “It” by Dave Pelzer:
A child called iT

This story was published September 1, 1995, but this autobiographical account goes over the abuse of a young boy as his alcoholic mother torments him mentally and physically in ways that would drop your jaw.

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. Games that left him nearly dead.

He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.”

Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive–dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

7. The Fault in our Stars by John Green:
The fault in our stars

Having already been adapted into a movie, this book should also be read and appreciated by its viewers. It has received many praises for its humor, strong characters, language, themes and new perspective on cancer and romance.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.


8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: the book thief

For a book so difficult and sad, some would argue that it may not be appropriate for teenage readers, but this novel is meant for both teens and adults. It offers a believable tale that will push you to the edge of your seat as you witness the protagonist hang on in the midst of poverty, war and violence.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


9. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: The diary of

Nearly everyone in high school or middle school had to have come across this novel in English class. And it’s not done for no reason either. Anne’s Frank’s feeling of loneliness and misunderstandings provides her writing with a rich color that shares the experiences of her time.

She struggles with her “two selves” throughout the diary, trying to be honest and genuine, while at the same time striving to fit in with the rest of the group and not create too much friction.

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding.

For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: The boy in striped

Such as, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ this too goes through the eyes of an innocent 9 year old boy named Bruno, who observes some of the horrors of the Holocaust. It is one of the most touching and inspirational book that you’ll ever read because Boyne captures the perspectives of a child’s eyes very well.

Berlin 1942, when Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do.

A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:
Kite runner

Khaled manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country’s political turmoil in Afghanistan while developing his characters heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs. Every page you turn is going to make you want more, receiving moments that will be tragic, funny, and honest.

This is an unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. It is beautifully set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed, sharing a message about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.


About Author

Besides being random and dealing with ADHD from time to time, Michael Gregory II is the CEO of the Self Development Workshop. He's traveled to over a dozen countries, counselled a variety of people, and continues furthering his knowledge in self-development, depression, and mastering your happiness. On his lazy days, he enjoy watching people, reading in Starbucks, and speaking to random strangers. (Yeah, he’s weird.)

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