Books That Made Me Cry

#SixforSunday is a hashtag hosted by the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot, and this week’s prompt is ‘books that made you cry.’

This is a hard subject to narrow down to just six books as books are designed to play with your emotions and so have done this but I’m going to give it a go and come up with six recentish books that have made me cry.

So in no particular order:


The first chapter is a killer, was in absolute floods at the end of that, so much so I had to go to the last chapter to check that things worked out OK. Very rarely do I have to do that in a children’s book.

p.s. It did!

Ghost Boys

Set in contemporary USA this tells the story of a young boy, Jerome, before and after his death. The portrait of family and friends before and after is personal and very touching, but Jewell also brings the historical significance of what is happening and that is very important.

Boy Underwater

A mother with mental health problems, an unknown incident from the past, building up to a climax that left me stunned, very teary, especially at the sections where mum mental health is plummeting due to several incidents.

The Island at the End of Everything

A wonderful tale of friendship and family through hardship, but the end really had me choked. This shouldn’t have been allowed but it was the correct ending for a story based on truth.

When Breath Becomes Air

This was a very serious look at cancer and was hard hitting throughout but not particularly tear jerking, Paul Kalanithi wrote honestly and wryly about all his hopes and fear. It was the last chapter though, I had to put the book down for quite a while before returning to finish it.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

I started reading this in the local Costas, but I just started gently weeping almost immediately. Gentle, brave and heartfelt.

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