Tell us about those books that made you ugly cry. What books made you bawl like a baby?
Honestly, I’m really not much of a book crier. No book has made me ugly cry, but maybe a few did make me tear up. I’d say The Fault In Our Stars is one such book. Another example is Wonder.
So the first book that ever made me cry while reading was in second grade and the name of the book was A Taste of Blackberries. That book was soooo sad. Then in fourth grade it was Beauty by Bill Wallace. I remember I was sitting in the living room bawling my eyes out and my brother was like, “Great, Mom and Dad will think I did something. Stop crying I’m gonna give you something to cry about! Gosh, Rose, it is just a book!!!” My parents had been out to eat and left my older brother in charge. He did not liking reading. I must admit, I sorta like books that make me cry. I guess I feel safe emotionally purging due to a book. I feel a sense of relief from it and it is not nearly as devastating over crying about my own life, so I kinda enjoy it actually. Weird, I know.
I’ve both happy cried and miserable sad cried while reading books. And I think it takes some mad writing skills to create characters that I invest in so emotionally that I’m crying. And even crying at work while listening to audio books. Which is not comfortable to explain to coworkers. As for happy crying, I’d start with Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I just finished this the other day. The end had such an emotional impact on me. I’m not Will Grayson, but I appreciate Tiny Cooper. All of the books in the Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber. I think I cried reading each one of those books. I’d also also say that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell had both happy crying and miserable sad crying. I think there were some chapters that I both laughed and cried while reading. As for miserable sad crying, verging on ugly, I’d say Fault In Our Stars, for sure. The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan. And The Bronze Horseman. All of these books are emotional roller coasters.