When I wrote on this topic the first time nearly two years ago, I only had one book which had made me cry, but now it’s been joined by a couple of others…
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: As I mentioned in a post just a couple of days ago, I cried my eyes out in the second last chapter of this novel. Due to the non-linear chronology of the story, you know how this chapter is going to end, and yet it’s still devastating because you find yourself drawn into the world of the characters so much that you feel what they’re feeling, the total panic as they scramble to avert a situation which cannot be stopped. I had to put the book down a moment when I first read this. It was the first book to make me cry properly.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: Seriously, who didn’t cry while reading this book? I cried a couple of times towards the end, and it was a big ugly cry. I had to put the book down and walk away for a few minutes at one point because I was just going to get the book wet otherwise. Simply amazing.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: There are some very upsetting moments in this book, and I wasn’t as prepared for them as I thought I was. The book simply contains some confronting themes that would upset most people, and some of them felt a little close to home for me I guess. Still, this book left me speechless in a positive way overall.
I’m sure there’s another book which has made me cry, but I can’t for the life of me think of what it is. I know I nearly cried while reading The Book Thief (and I bet most of you could guess what scene), but I didn’t quite cry, my eyes just got a bit watery. But I think these books are all among my favourite books – a book that is that powerful emotionally to me is what writing is all about. I’ve never been about happy endings, I want a book to shatter my world and throw me through an emotional rollercoaster, through an experience I haven’t felt before.
What’s a book that makes you cry?