Share 8 Touching Books That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby

8 Touching Books That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby

We are passionate readers who love nothing more than discovering fantastic books and sharing them with friends. We recommend books that move us to laughter and tears—and everything in between. Trust us when we say, "You've got to read this!"

Yes, there are those books that completely shatter you and have you throwing them across the room. But sometimes a good tearjerking novel is just what the book gods have ordered. We asked you via our Instagram stories about the last book that made you cry like a baby and we’re sharing your picks with the world! Read these books and have a good cry, you deserve it.


Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Family, legacy, and buried secrets wrapped in gorgeous moving language—SING, UNBURIED, SING has all the ingredients for a misty-eyed read. Thirteen-year-old Jojo and his younger sister accompany their mother on a trip through Mississippi to pick up their father from the state penitentiary. This evocative family saga examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

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The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

More than one of our Instagram readers picked THE GREAT BELIEVERS as the last book that made them cry . . . and we totally agree with you. Rebecca Makkai’s dazzling novel is about a circle of artistic friends consumed by the AIDS epidemic in 1985 Chicago and the few survivors who reunite thirty years later in Paris. The two stories—past and present—intertwine and take us through the heartbreak of the 80s and the chaos of the modern world as these incredible characters seek out goodness.

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The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai

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The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini’s unforgettable and heartbreaking debut novel will enlighten you, sadden you, and challenge your idea of what it means to be good. Set against the backdrop of tumultuous, war-torn Afghanistan, this sweeping story of friendship, family, and redemption has become a beloved classic.

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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

Set against the backdrop of tumultuous, war-torn Afghanistan, THE KITE RUNNER is an unforgettable and heartbreaking story of friendship, family, and redemption.

 

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles
by Hiro Arikawa, translated by Philip Gabriel

Novels about pets and their humans induce tears instantly. In this novel, a cat named Nana and her human, Satoru, travel by van across Japan to meet up Saturo’s longtime friends. A story of friendship, gratitude, and loyalty unveils as they make their way through scenic Japan.

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Hiro Arikawa, translated by Philip Gabriel

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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

You wouldn’t think that a stories collection from the mind behind BoJack Horseman would be on a list of tearjerking reads. And yet, here we are. SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE YOU IN ALL YOUR DAMAGED GLORY is an offbeat collection about love in its highest, lowest, and weirdest forms. Perhaps the relatable part might make you cry but the dark humor will definitely make you laugh.

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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
Raphael Bob-Waksberg

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An Invisible Thread
by Laura Schroff and Alexis Tresniowski

When Lauren Schroff encounters an eleven-year-old panhandler on the street she doesn’t plan to stop. But then she changes her mind and gives him spare change. She does this every day for the next three decades. AN INVISIBLE THREAD is the story of an unexpected lifelong friendship between a busy sales rep and a disadvantaged young boy. If this story of friendship and kindness doesn’t make you cry, we don’t know what will.

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An Invisible Thread
Laura Schroff and Alexis Tresniowski

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A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a lonely and cranky old man with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. When an annoyingly friendly couple and their two children move in next door, Ove finds himself with several unexpected new friends, an unkempt cat, and a new outlook on life.

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A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman

“If you like to laugh AND feel moved AND have your heart applaud wildly for fictional characters, you will certainly fall for the grumpy but lovable Ove (it’s pronounced “Oo-vuh,” if you were wondering).”

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Paula
by Isabel Allende

A personal and moving memoir, PAULA is titled after Isabel Allende’s daughter who fell gravely ill in 1991 and passed away thereafter. PAULA is filled with the words Allende wished to tell her daughter and written as a letter to her—about the events that unfolded during her coma, Allende’s childhood and bitter memories, of secrets, and of their curious ancestors.

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Paula
Isabel Allende

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