When it comes to crying while reading, I can teach lessons on the matter. I know many of you consider themselves “not the crying type”. Believe me, I’ve been there. And oh boy, how wrong was I! Movies, shows and books; three things that have the power to make a person made out of ice, melt and break down into a sobbing mess.
If you feel like you’re bottled up and are in need to let some things out, here are five books that’ll make you cry your troubles away.
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
This book had me bawling my eyes out for hours in the middle of the night. The story of Matheo was heart-breaking and inspiring altogether. Top of his class, world’s best swimmer and hopelessly in love with his girlfriend. It was so hard to see his life turned upside down all in one night.
The Air he breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
This book tackles, bravely, the subject of grief. It deals with what happens to the one left behind when the ones they love the most in the world leave them. A wife lost her husband and now she has to deal with that loss and raise her baby girl. A man lost his wife and baby boy. Hope seems lost, but what are the chances that you can move on when you meet someone going through the same thing?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
We all know about Hitler, WWII and what happened to the world back then. However, this book takes you deep into the details; it takes you to the people’s stories; the refugees, and their tragedies. It helps you understand what happens when governments decide to mess with each other and the people are the ones who pay the price. This book is a book about hope, will-power and survival.
A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
Music is considered to be a cure, a way to insert peace in the soul; but what about the mind? A Note of Madness threads the story of a pianist whose mind is on the verge of a cliff, and music is at times the thing that threatens to push him over.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Hoover’s books are all about the “feel trips” but she out-mastered herself with this one. Hopeless is a story about childhood friends, neighbors and love that sparked from a very young age; one that was tarnished, torn away from the kids with a slight explanation. Stay put, though, hope is not lost, as long as it’s tattooed on Dean’s arm, he’ll keep looking for it.
A gentle warning!
Before you dive into these books, here’s a list of the things you’ll need:
- A very large box of tissues.
- A family sized chocolate bar, preferably with nuts; something to chew on, basically.
- A mug of strong coffee to keep you going.
- A box of chocolate ice cream ready and frozen.
- A blanket, because you’ll need to get comfortable and cozy.
Noha Badawi: a mad bibliophile; a fan-girl you might say. One who was born with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Follow her on Instagram @thebookishword. And on Goodreads on nohabadawi