When I see posts where there is a mention of an ugly cry, I always sit up a little straighter and pay a little more attention. I love books where you can feel something and sadness is one of the strongest and deepest emotions. It stays with me a lot longer than happiness (i.e. after reading a chicklit novel with a happy ending). I tend to give a higher rating too if a book can make me feel an emotion so strongly.
I love a book that makes a deep impression, that stays with me for months, even years after finishing it. I don’t want you to take my words literally though, I do not cry with books. But I did feel a lump in my throat when reading the following novels, and I still remember how much heartache I suffered, how my heart was torn and shredded when reading these. I can highly recommend and stand firmly after each and every one of these.
Here’s my top 5
1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A magnificent book. A very special kind of book in genre and in style, written in simple language like a children’s tale but with such a strong lesson it touches the heart. Guaranteed to stay with you a long time after you finished this.
2. Bright Side by Kim Holden
The main character in this novel, Kate is called Bright Side by her best friend. That’s because she always looks at the bright side of life. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster, you can expect being utterly and completely devastated in the end.
3. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
This book is not for everybody. It’s about a forbidden love and some people might find it very difficult to read. Even though I knew it was wrong, I still had strong feelings of sympathy too and felt gutted in the end.
4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
All’s good, until the end and you get to fully comprehend what Ugly Love really is. It’s powerful, compelling and emotionally charged with a unique storyline.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Do I still need to say something about this one. Everybody must of heard about it by now? A great must-read book that makes you happy and sad at the same time.
Still on my reading wishlist for an ugly cry:
Have you read these books? Do you know any other books that made you ugly cry? I’d love to know!