10 books that made us—and will make you—sob uncontrollably

September 14, 2018

Sometimes life makes us cry.

Then sometimes books make us cry...

 

...because they’re tragic or hilarious, often times both. It’s because these books do such a good job of describing or probing our reality (like Bob Woodward’s FEAR ahh) that they hold such a dear place in our hearts.

 

As Kafka says:

 

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for?”

1. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

 

“The main character (Hans Castorp) was my best friend. I cried. Yes I did. Nothing really happens in the book but I got very close to Hans and my heart felt strange and difficult things for my best friend.”

-Lizzy

 

​​2. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

“These people are so good and they’re doing the best that they can and yet life keeps throwing them shit sandwich after shit sandwich.”

-Martha

 

 

​​3. The PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER BY Stephen Chbosky

 

“As a teenager I cried throughout The Perks of Being a Wallflower...Like seriously throughout the whole book I was crying.” -Xixi

​​4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 

“When a cynical bitch like myself finds herself sobbing uncontrollably while reading A Little Life...Oh, what can I say to convince you to read this book by Hanya? Please!”

-Liz

​​5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

 

“Does this need an introduction? If you haven't read The Little Prince, this is the epiphany your heart has been yearning for. Gentle, moving, romantic. Everything your adult (and not-so-adult) self needs.”

-Theresa

​​6.This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs climate
by Naomi Klein

 

“Klein talks about how a lot of us are facing “climate change denial.” It’s really painful to look this global warming thing straight in the face and yea, reading this book did stab me.”

- Lizzy

​​​​7.Voices from Chernobyl
by Svetlana Alexievich

 

“Required Reading! Genius editing. She deserves the Nobel she received. Please read this book!!”
- Liz

 

​​​​8. God of Small Things
by Arundahti Roy

 

“Will never fully unravel the experience of reading this beautiful beautiful book.”

- Lizzy

 

 

​​​​9. Buttageddon: The Final Days of Pounding Ass
by Dr. Chuck Tingle

 

“Endless laughter guaranteed. Tears, too. If butts or unicorns that have butts disturb you, flee now.””

- Theresa

 

​​​​​10. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

 

“Heartbreaking. Period.””

- Suzanne

 

 

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