Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books you should read if you're in the mood to feel feelings, aka cry pathetically into multiple pillows

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For those of you who enjoy the occasional masochism.   

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

one All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven 

I cried during this, after it, and then for another several hours after it so I had to go all high school angsty and paint something to get the feelings out of my skull.  It's beautifully tragic and oh so lovely.  
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green 

I mean, probably you live under a box if you haven't read or at least narrowly contemplated reading this book, but there's hardly better fodder for tears available on the free market.  Cancer + Love + Teenagers = C.J. sobbing like a five-year-old in a movie theater.  
Atonement - Ian McEwan 

Okay, I'm gonna admit, I saw the movie first and sobbed ugly sobs and then got halfway through the book before collapsing into a heap of humanity and deciding I wasn't going to do that to myself all over again.  But if you enjoy crying for hours, then this is your jam.  
This Raging Light - Estelle Laure 

This book offers so many feelings.  There's vindictiveness!  There's rage!  There's squeamish swooniness.  There's almost-crying but crying is hard so maybe you will but I actually didn't.  It's a heartwrenching contemporary with lovely prose and it'll punch you in the gut.  

five   A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz 

The main character keeps the sentient remains of her sort-of-but-not-actually-dead father in a jar.  Are you experiencing human emotions yet!?  It's a weird, gorgeous, strange, violent fantasy whirlwind, and severely underrated when it comes both to feels and to ratings.  

I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson 

The only thing Nelson is better at than crafting believable characters and painterly prose is wringing every ounce of emotion out of her readers.  This novel is the rageful, tearful, happy, romantic, frustrating story of two twins grown apart and the madness that brings them back together.  
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky 

If you don't feel feelings when reading this, then you probably have no soul.  It's almost unfair how beautifully heart-crushing this growing-up story is, told in Charlie's simple, earnest, freaking adorable letters. 

eight Red Rising - Pierce Brown 

If you have yet to get on board with this sci-fi epic masterpiece, then where the hell have you been!?  Not only is it beautifully written, intricately plotted, and dazzlingly world-built (that's a thing I swear), but it'll tear your heart out of your chest, shove it back in, and come back for seconds.  
More Happy than Not - Adam Silvera 

Brooklyn boy is gay, but a magical-sounding totally scientific procedure promises to be able to remove any memory.  Add teenagers and angst and love and New York alleys and you have a quirky tragic love story that will leave you satisfied but unmistakably bereft.  

ten   The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness 

Hear me out.  Yes, it's sardonically funny and amazingly irreverent and about ordinary people living among Chosen Ones who battle aliens and stuff.  But it's also about Mikey, the loneliest elf, who's convinced that he's the least wanted person in every room.  And maybe it's just me, but it struck about a thousand heart chords and made me all thoughtful and soggy-eyed.  


  1. Great picks! I'm really glad to see The Rest of Us Just Live Here make your list. :)
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  2. I loved All the Bright Places and TFIOS. Perks too but it didn't make me cry. I am dying to read More Happy Than Not and I have no idea why I haven't gotten to it yet. I need more time for books! Great list :)

    1. Oooh get to it soon! It's really objectively fantastic (I say subjectively). Thanks! :D

  3. I still have to read Red Rising. This doesn't bode well for me, haha. Great list.

    1. It's AMAZING but it's going to wreck you a bit. You have been warned.

  4. Patrick Ness is good with heartstrings!

    1. I knoooow. I still can't get over a certain death in his Chaos Walking series.

  5. Great list! I love emotional books. I almost never cry at real life, so I love a good cry over a book. :)

    1. I used to avoid them like plague, but now I like a good emotional read sometimes. Although I'm not a big crier so I don't often actually cry, but the spirit is there. :P

  6. I am definitely a masochist, especially when it comes to crying. Although to be fair, it doesn't even have to be a sad book to make me sob uncontrollably. You have some great sad books here! Nice picks.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. Good point. There are those cute puppy being saved by fireman books where it's like OMG SO ADORABLE AND PROSOCIAL WAAAAAAH. Thanks!

  7. I own Red Rising and am planning on reading it ASAP (FINALLY) same goes for The Rest of Us Just Live Here! I also need to get my hands on TFioS and Perks because even though they're not my usual genre, I really want to read them! Lovely selection here C.J.^^