By Maddie St Clair Baker
In the words of Lemony Snicket, sometimes you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better. Now let’s not deny it, we all have those days when we just want to snuggle up under a blanket, grab a book, and have a good old cry.
So ladies and gents have your tissues at the ready – for here is the ultimate list of books to make you sob like there’s no tomorrow…
**SPOILER ALERT: all of these books are sad**
The Time Traveller’s Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger, Vintage
Calling all sci-fi lovers looking for a weep, step away from the Tardis and slip into a world where time travel manifests as a genetic disorder. Let Audrey Niffenegger’s clever story and compelling characters immerse you in a world where ‘love knows not what time is’. If you thought the film was tear-jerking enough, then just wait until you’ve read the book. Follow time-traveller Henry and his wife Claire in this captivating story of love and loss across time, which is guaranteed to make even those with the strongest hearts cry.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J.K.Rowling, Bloomsbury
We lost Sirius in book five and then Dumbledore in book six, so how much worse can it really get? The answer is much, much worse. Neither can live while the other survives – join Harry on his seventh quest to overcome Voldemort. In this final book featuring the magical world of wizards, prepare yourself say goodbye to some of your favourite childhood characters (which is not an easy task no matter how many times you read it). If you’re a true HP devotee like me, then keep a towel-sized hankie close by because you’ll be crying Moaning Myrtle style.
The Last Song
By Nicholas Sparks, Sphere
Warning: one for the die-hard romantics. I have two words for you – Nicholas Sparks. From The Notebook to Dear John, I don’t think that there is a single one of his novels that hasn’t had me in pieces by the end – and The Last Song is no exception. Join seventeen-year-old Ronnie as she experiences a rollercoaster of emotions in this heart-warming book about first love and second chances.
The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green, Penguin
Oh John Green, what a book. Prepare yourself for the touching story of two teenagers who explore love and friendship as they battle through cancer. With a plot twist that will break your heart, I think it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t read this without a box of Kleenex handy, because nothing can stop the tears once they’ve started.
Me Before You
By Jojo Moyes, Michael Joseph
When you’re done filling the bathtub with your tears, this bittersweet novel will make you appreciate all of those things that you take for granted. Okay, so it’s an obvious ending from pretty early on… but that didn’t stop me from bawling my eyes out when I turned the last page. Fall into the story of an unlikely romance between care-assistant Lou and paraplegic Will, two people whose take on ‘living life to the fullest’ couldn’t be more opposite. A tale of sacrifice, selflessness and difficult choices, this book is sure to make you dissolve into a snotty mess.
By Emily Brontë, Penguin
Now we could hardly call this a list of depressing books without a Brontë. Featuring a love that’s doomed to fail, Emily Brontë’s ‘great story of hate’ has every trait of a classic Victorian heartbreaker. Journey back to the desolate Yorkshire moors, where the volatile romance of soulmates Catherine and Heathcliff proves that love can exist on both sides of the grave. With themes of hatred, obsession and even a little supernatural, this novel is brilliant for those after a good old fashioned weep.
The Sky is Everywhere
By Jandy Nelson, Walker Books
And here it is: the ultimate weeper! This is my go-to book when I want a really good sob… I can’t pretend any longer that those ink-smudged, spotted pages are from the rain. Follow Lennie as she attempts to move on after the death of her vibrant sister Bailey; after reading this you will want to give even your most-hated sibling a hug. Fall in love with Jandy Nelson’s disarmingly honest debut novel – this heart-wrenching tale will make you laugh and cry at the same time, as you embark on a powerful journey of love, loss and self-discovery.