This post took me so long to make, because I actively avoid thinking about the sad parts in books.
But I also sometimes replay them over and over in my head, indulging in the tragedy of my favorite characters going through hard times. And I had to admit that fact in this post. it was a trial.
if you’re in the mood for some sad books, here are ten that will have you reaching for your favorite flavor of comfort cake. mine is vanilla 😥
The MC, a Vietnamese American man named Little Dog, writes letters to his mother who cannot read. That alone was painful. But then the unfiltered RAW EMOTION nearly murdered me in cold blood.
Another theme is that Little Dog is gay and dealing with homophobia + a boyfriend severely addicted to drugs.
I was on the verge of tears from page one, but by the end I was a changed person
A person with significantly more experience in feeling sad.
↠↠ TW: homophobia, on page death, drug use, violence, child abuse
YOU WOULDN’T THINK THIS WOULD MAKE ME CRY!!! but this book single-handedly stomped on my heart, then called me pathetic to my face.
When Pooh sees Christopher Robin after they’ve been separated for any more than five minutes???? AND HE RUSHES INTO HIS ARMS FOR A HUG.
There was enough friends-verbally-telling-one-another-that-they-love-each-other to really go the extra mile and ruin me.
Kvothe cannot go five seconds without facing tragedy and/or a new enemy. He’s tried before and now accepts that it’s just who he is.
The book is told from two different timelines:
Present Day Kote Who Is In Hiding and Telling His Story (Kvothe has changed his name) and Kvothe growing up and becoming the most notorious outlaw in the entire world.
As Kvothe tells the story of his young life, he has to physically step away to have a good cry. It’s hard to go through but we do it for Kvothe because we love him.
↠↠ TW: on page death, violence, grief, extreme loneliness/hopelessness
This is a book about a married gay couple and their daughter, taking a nice vacation at their family cabin. But then random weirdos show up at the cabin, hold them captive, and say they have to choose which member of the family dies.
Or else the world will end.
I was cheering this family on and hoping for the very best.
I just didn’t want anyone to be murdered this time, every single book istg smh
↠↠ TW: on page death, grief, hysteria, violence,
I had to dnf this book because it hurt me so much. Up to about 50% (where i stopped) this book is nonstop loneliness and sadness for Circe.
She has absolutely no one in her life to love her unconditionally (like the characters in Song of Achilles)
It’s just Circe being betrayed over and over and me sobbing. hurt/no comfort
↠↠ TW: abandonment, violence, rape
One of my favorite f/f romances!!!!!!!
And it wasn’t that heart breaking,,,,,until the end. I won’t give spoilers, but the ending hurt me so much
It’s also very sad because all Swift wants is for Cass to sit in her lap, but Cass wants a slow burn romance????
and SWIFT @ CASS: “I’M SERIOUS. GET IN MY ARMS.”
↠↠ TW: violence, on page death, drug use, needles
platonic love means everything to me and this book made sibling love STRUGGLE AND WORK HARD.
When the mc’s brother dies, she assumes he’s truly dead. But turns out, he’s joined a rival clan,
actively betraying his family.
And the mc has to come to terms with loving/ being loyal to her brother who still loves her back, vs. loyalty to her clan. Because it’s looking a lot like her brother has turned into a little snitch.
The moment we see her brother struggle between his new friendships and devotion to his sister????????????
THE WAY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WILL STAB YOU IN THE CHEST?
↠↠ TW: violence, abandonment
I am in love with Nemesis, I try to make that very publicly known.
so when I watched her crawling *literally crawling army style* towards the person she loves, on the brink of death but forever dedicated. And I heard “Make You Feel My Love” playing in the background?
my entire heart needed to be covered in band-aids.
↠↠ TW: on page death, violence, surgery
This was my least favorite Emma Mills (the order for me is This Adventure Ends, Foolish Hearts, First & Then, Famous in a Small Town).
But that devastating plot twist????????
And then the MC got drunk, I would dare say *plastered*, to cope with the pain of said plot twist.
My feelings were definitely hurt.
↠↠ TW: grief, alcohol use, references to drug use
I love Magnus Chase more than Percy Jackson, and I’m not ashamed of myself. My opinion is the only one that makes sense.
HE’S JUST SO PEACEFUL AND SWEET!!!!
At one point Magnus has an “I’m a lover not a fighter lol” moment and heals the entire world. His dad is the god of Love and Sunshine.
Therefore, when I see him dealing with homelessness, grief, loneliness, and the desperate need for validation and friendship. I cry for him
↠↠ TW: grief
Has a book ever made you inconsolable?
Do you avoid reading sad books?
Which character has made you cry the most?