Have you ever come home from a long day and just wanted a good cry? Whether it be from a movie, a sad playlist, or even a book, sometimes I find crying (for no reason in particular) to be a therapeutic and cathartic experience. Of course, I don’t feel like this every day, but once in a while I tend to crave a really good cry. Do you ever feel this way?
Over the weekend I read a series of moving young adult/middle grade novels by Susin Nielsen. The one that affected me the most emotionally was The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, which won the Governor General’s Award here in Canada among other accolades. I don’t want to delve into the story too deeply as I will be reviewing it on my blog later (it’s honestly too good not to), but I have hyperlinked the book’s title to its Goodreads page, so please take a look if you want a book that is poignant, important, and moving. I wasn’t really expecting to cry when reading it but when it eventually happened I felt so much better afterwards.
This made me think back to the other book that recently made me cry: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. The common link between the two is that the events that made me tear up (okay, bawl) were not tragic events; instead, they were instances where a community bands together to help one another out. This optimistic look on humanity really warms my heart, and reading about it will almost always move me to tears.
Of course, we all react to things differently and I can’t say for certain whether these two books will make you cry, but I can definitely assure you that there is a lot of heartwarming moments in them if you’re looking for that instead.
Now my question for you is: Do you cry easily when reading? Do you sometimes read books that you know will make you cry? Which was the last book that made you cry? (The last one is a bit of a selfish question as I need to have a stack ready for when I feel like I good sob or two, so please, please share your picks!)