Some of my favourite reading experiences have to be when I’m bawling my eyes out and yelling at paper. Or when a book takes me through a rollercoaster of emotions by making me laugh and then cry the very next second. That’s actually how I really know if I loved a book. And yes, they can be hard to find.
Now I’m someone who cries rather easily
because i’m a crybaby ugh when reading books but I know that’s not the case for a lot of readers. Nevertheless, I’m bringing out the big guns and recommending some of my favourite books, the ones that made me the most emotional. Like actual tears and heartbreak and sore throat from yelling. The full package deal. Enjoy!
5 Books That Are an Emotional Ride
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
We Are Okay is a freaking masterpiece that simply stole my heart. I had heard a lot of people praise the author’s writing but I didn’t realise how breathtaking it was until I read this book. It’s a slightly heavy book, covering themes of grief, loneliness and depression. Just the way it was written elicited a lot of emotions from me. I know people either feel ‘meh’ about this book or love it but that’s because I think the writing feels like a heavy blanket, kind of synonymous to depression. I don’t know if this description made any sense but either way, know that this book might play with your emotions and you should definitely go in prepared.
The Poppy War by R.F Kuang
The Poppy War is another heavy book that you should definitely dive into once you read the trigger warnings. It’s extremely dark and quite heavy, especially as the story progresses. It made me laugh a little, cry a lot and definitely yell at the characters and be proud of them whenever they did anything, especially Rin 🙂 I can’t even begin to explain how complex and incredible this book is but trust me, it’s a rollercoaster rise for sure.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
I Wish You All The Best is such a beautifully written book that made me cry and hold hope and get extremely attached to its characters 💜 It’s a book about Ben who comes out as non-binary and is thrown out in the world unprepared. Throughout the book I was either crying, holding back tears or cheering for the characters. But mostly crying… It’s a really powerful narrative and I definitely ended up enjoying reading this book.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
I could honestly marry this book, okay. Felix is such a soft and sweet character and from page one I wanted to scream from the rooftops that anyone who wanted to hurt Felix would have to go through me. Kacen Callender’s words have so much power. They made me cry multiple times and I don’t know how I was alive after reading Felix Ever After. So much of this book was relatable, I would have ended up highlighting 70% of this book if it were in front of me. Reading about Felix’s journey as he questioned everything about himself and his gender was so raw and emotional. Even the friendships in this book made me cry because they were so pure and fluffy and angsty and just everything. You’ll honestly be a hot mess after you finish this book.
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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
None of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books have failed to make me cry and Clap When You Land was no exception. It’s a story about a plane crash, grief and sisters finding each other across countries. Acevedo’s writing is extremely powerful and compelling and reading the story of Camino and Yahaira was so heartwarming. I legit cried in public because how could I control my emotions?? Every book that Acevedo writes moves me to no end. I would especially recommend listening to her books in audiobook format since she narrates them herself and it only adds to the experience.
Have you read any of these books? If yes, what are your thoughts on them?
What are some books that left you emotionally wrecked?
What’s your cure for a book hangover? I just lie on my bed and stare at the ceiling while I process the book 😛