Saturday, April 7, 2012

Discussion: Do You Read Sad Books?

This past week my WOW was Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams and I received some comments along the lines that they might read the book despite of it sounding so sad or that they wouldn’t read it because it was sad.  This made me think that some people may deny themselves a marvelous book because there is a chance that the story might made them cry.

Some of the books that made me cry turned out to be amazing and I would read them again because the author was so good that her or his writing moved me in an almost magical way.  To me, it is a testament to great writing, and outstanding characterization that it made care enough about the story to spill tears over it.

Here are some books that moved me to tears:

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa – I cannot express how much I love the Iron Fey series.  The third book made me cry so bad, thank goodness for The Iron Knight!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Oh my!  This book is about kids with cancer, thus I knew going in that it was not going to be a ‘happy’ book, but it is one of the best books I’ve ever read (I’ve read many ;-).  Please give it a try, just be prepared and have tissues handy.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder – This book also relates to cancer, but it turned out to be so much more.  It is a book about faith, love, understanding and growth; and it is SO good.

Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry –  Dust and Decay is book two on the Benny Imura series (an amazing YA zombie series) and there was an unexpected turn of events in this book that made me cry like a baby (while driving I might add…)

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – I don’t think I have ever read a book by Sparks that hasn’t made me cry.  A Walk to Remember was my first experience with his writing and I still remember how good it was.

The Friday Night Knighting Club by Kate Jacobs – This is an adult book recommended to me by some co-workers.  I don’t know why it didn’t come with a warning though.

I love every single one of these books and would not ‘un-read’ them for anything!

How about you?  Do you rule out ‘sad’ books and don’t even try?  What sad books have you read that are a must read?


  1. Ohh I'm reading book #3 of Iron Fey series right now (:

    I love a good book that moves me to tears!

  2. I love reading sad books! Sometimes you just need a good cry and what perfect way than reading an amazing but sad book?!

  3. I love reading sad books! Mostly, they're romance books and some of my favorite sad ones are: the Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, The Last Song, The Summer I Turned Pretty and then I'll cry at some other novels as well!

  4. I love books that can make me cry, shows they have got the feelings down well, and captured the moment. It's refreshing to be able to cry at something. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. One of my favourites it 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks, so beautiful.

  5. Some of my favourite books made me cry. It means the author managed to capture the feeling especially well if they touch me in such a powerful way. So, yes, I love sad books.

  6. I think on some level I procrastinate and avoid sad books. I want to read them though but I guess thier is this apprehension. I read P.S. Longer Letter Later when I was 14 it was so sad ):


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