I love a good sob. I love a good sob watching a movie, I love a good sob reading a book. I’m really not fussed; I’ll cry at absolutely anything worth crying over. I often choose books knowing full well that they’re going to have an adverse effect on my tear ducts but that’s just the way I like it. There are a fair few books which make me cry every time I read them, no matter how many times I’ve got through them before. I thought I’d do a little post telling you all about the books which have that devastating affect on me. Books that make you cry have a certain je ne sais quoi that other books just don’t have.
Sobbing over sci-fi? It’s a thing
My favourite book of all time is probably the one which had the most profound affect on me and my emotions. People who know me will know how much I love Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It’s one of those books that I recommend to absolutely everyone as it’s just so versatile as a piece of literature and falls into so many different categories and genres. Technically, it’s science fiction and I’m really not a science fiction kind of girl so I’m reluctant to describe it as being so. One thing it definitely is is thought provoking and devastating. The story takes a turn unexpectedly around half-way through and everything to come is heart breaking and really makes you think about your attitude towards others.
The book is usually better than the movie
I wasn’t a big fan of the movie of My Sister’s Keeper. It was sad, obviously, and I did have a little cry but the book was executed in a much better way and was all the more heartbreaking. I’m a massive fan of Jodi Picoult and her work, I almost included another of her stories, The Storyteller, in my favourite books of all time post a few months back in fact. I definitely think she’s mastered the technique of writing books which have ridiculous effects on their readers and I’m pretty sure I’ll continue to cry at her writing for as long as she keeps producing books.
I watched the movie of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne before I read the book. I visited my grandparents’ house one evening and was greeted with “We’ve just bought this film from Sainsbury’s! You should borrow it when we’ve watched it.” I did and boy, did I cry. I bought the book whilst I was living in France so I still don’t own a copy in English- nor have I read it in English. I’m sure the language is irrelevant though and it’d have exactly the same effect on my emotions. It’s one of those books where you honestly just don’t see the ending coming and when it hits, as much as you don’t want to cry, you have absolutely no choice in the matter. You even find yourself feeling a
little guilty for crying at just that one tiny aspect of a massive and devastating concept. Amazing and profound literature.
Sometimes, it’s how it’s written that makes it all the more devastating
The last choice on my list here is my favourite book series of all time (yes, it even beats Harry Potter!). Do I even need to name it? His Dark Materials. The entire story is amazingly written- Philip Pullman writes in a sophisticated and beautifully descriptive way, it’s almost impossible not to love the world that he has created for us. Lyra’s world is one full of mystery and intrigue and of course, the ending leaves me in absolute destruction every single time I read it. I’m so excited to see what the BBC do with it in their up and coming adaptation of the series.
Are there any books you’ve read that make you sob like a little baby? PLEASE let me know, I always like to add to my list of soul-destroying books wherever I can.