Anyone who knows me personally knows that I cry incredibly easily. It’s actually slightly embarrassing to admit.
I cried a few months ago while re-watching Mulan when Mulan’s dad was called to join the military. I sobbed in the movie theater while watching Inside Out during the Bing Bong scene – you know which scene I’m talking about if you’ve watched the movie. Remember the book Holes by Louis Sachar? I read it when I was in third grade and watched the movie when it came out. I was a blubbering mess both times. So yeah, I basically embody the phrase “crying at the drop of a hat.” Therefore, I have a tendency to avoid reading books that I already know will make me cry.
I think that I tear up enough when reading books that aren’t intentionally sad. Scenes that are “touching” usually start my waterworks. I empathize with imaginary characters way too easily.
I’m pretty sure that’s the reason I read more young adult fiction books compared to adult fiction books – I find that adult fiction tends to be heavier and more real. So basically, books that will put me in a dreary, almost catatonic state. Am I the only one who feels this way? Or am I just picking the wrong adult fiction books to read?
Some popular books that I’ve avoided because I know that they’re sobfests include:
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I know that these are amazing books, but I just can’t bring myself to become mentally prepared for them. Anyone have any tips maybe?
That being said however, I do have a few books on my TBR list that are guaranteed cry-a-thons:
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
The sad books that I choose to read are ones that I think I’ll be able to make through without becoming a total mess. But we’ll see what actually happens.
Looking at my TBR list and seeing the sad books made me wonder what other opinions were on this topic.
Let me know your thoughts! Do you purposefully pick up, or do you avoid tear-inducing books? Do you have a go-to book that makes you cry?