To All the Books that Emotionally Wrecked Me This Year & Why I Cried Over More Books in 2018 than Ever Before

I’m not even upset that I cried over so many books.

I pretend to be heartless and unaffected by everything, aka my inner Scorpio, but honestly? I’m really not. And I’m okay with that.

Okay that took a darker turn than I expected but I meant books!!! Purely books!!!!

In other words: I thought I didn’t cry that much over books, but it turns out I’ve cried over 8 books in 2018, which is more than I’ve cried over my entire life. So here’s a whole post on what those books are (so you can ruin your life too!) and why I think I’ve been more emotional this year!

(I’ll also be including books I’ve teared up over. Just for fun.)

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GIRL MADE OF STARS

cried!  ||  ★★★★★

Girl Made of Stars

The first book that I’d cried over in over a year! The book I reread two days after my first read! The book that was in my profile picture for half a year! The book that I am still completely obsessed over! The book that is my favorite book of the year!

Yeah. I think I’ve said enough about this book and you all know how much I love it. Congrats to Ashley Herring Blake for making my cheeks completely wet for the last third of the book. I love crying.

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ALL OUT ANTHOLOGY

teared up!  ||  ★★★☆

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

I teared up over one (1) short story in this anthology, and that was Every Shade of Red by Eliot Wake, which just makes me want to read all of his books immediately??? It was just so gorgeously written and heartwrenching and moving. It’s sad, but also hopeful? I don’t know. I’m just so glad I own this anthology so I can just reread this story forever and ever(ly).

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

teared up!  ||  ★★★★★

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)When I first read this book in 2017, I thought I was straight. This book pretty much started me on my questioning journey, but I didn’t think that it would be such an emotional read when I reread it.

When I read the book for a second time exactly a year later, this March, I teared up because I related so much to the struggles that Simon faced, especially in regards to his queer identity. It was almost like a full circle type of thing (I know it’s sappy shut up).

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NICE TRY, JANE SINNER

teared up!  ||  ★★★★☆

Nice Try, Jane SinnerThe reason I teared up over this book was because how much I related to the struggles of Jane, how much I felt seen by her experiences with depression. She talked about not feeling anything and feeling numb, and I don’t know, it just meant a lot to me to see my exact depressive thoughts/habits reflected in a character.

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THE SEA OF MONSTERS

teared up!  ||  ★★★★★

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)I teared up over this for the dumbest reason.

It was literally the end of the book and there was a happy little scene with Percy and Annabeth and Grover and I started tearing up because I’d missed the characters so much and I was so happy to be rereading the series.

(And I think there was also a part of me that recognized  I wouldn’t be able to continue rereading the series until after a month passed because of my Pride TBR I was planning on following.)

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SUMMER BIRD BLUE

cried!  ||  ★★★★☆.5

Summer Bird BlueAnd thus began my June Pride Crying Over Books Session.

This book got me so hard. I was tearing up multiple times. It’s a very grief-heavy book and it made me so sad, but the reason I was tearing up was because I kept imagining my sister in the place of the MC’s (who had died… not a spoiler!).

What made the tears actually spill over though was a certain scene, that was basically a reconciliation of two characters but also the acceptance of grief, and it was just absolutely beautiful. Truly.

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GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE

teared up!  ||  ★★★★★

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Hello. I love this book.

It was all so very beautiful and heartbreaking, but there was one scene in particular where the MC thought it was “wrong” for her and another girl to be together. When the other girl asked if it was because they were both girls, the MC was quick to say no and that that would never be the case, because their attraction to each other was nothing unnatural.

And I’ve never struggled to accept my sexuality, and I don’t live in a super conservative household, but for some reason that just… meant a lot to me? I don’t know. It was a really powerful scene for me and it moved me to tears and I’m so happy Natasha Ngan included that part.

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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

cried!  ||  ★★★★★

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe three (3) times I cried over this book were over three (3) character deaths that I’ll never be over. Just thinking about them makes me want to cry.

The most beautiful thing about this book is hard to pinpoint, considering how gorgeous the whole thing is, but I think it would have to be how much it makes you feel. You feel for every single character and it hurts. But it’s so good.

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

cried!  ||  ★★★★☆.5

They Both Die at the EndI honest to god did not expect to be so AFFECTED by this book. I mean, the title is right there, and the synopsis pretty much shows you it’s insta-love, but also… it made me sob so much and I hate Adam Silvera.

But seriously, I feel like the genius of this book is that the title literally tells you everything, and yet the impact of the book is still so strong, and I think that’s just amazing writing talent.

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THE SONG OF ACHILLES

cried!  ||  ★★★★★

The Song of AchillesOh my god. This book makes me tear up just thinking about it. I distinctly recall being bored for the first half of the book, but then it took a complete 180. At 90%, I my eyes started watering, and the tears refused to go away or fall, until I read the last two sentences of the book.

Then the tears fell. And by fell, I mean I sobbed for a full 10 minutes before having to get up from my bed and take a walk, only to lie back down and stay awake crying and thinking about the book for an hour. Fun times.

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DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

cried!  ||  ★★★★★

Darius the Great Is Not OkaySo this book is a book about a boy with depression, and of course I related to it a lot. I’ve gushed about this book already but I just think the rep is so well done, and I love the portrayal of the subtleties of depression; that was one of the things that I related to and made me tear up.

But the tears actually fell whenever another character told the MC that it’s okay to not be okay, and for some reason, that just really made me emotional?? I just really need that reiterated at the moment, and it meant a lot to me.

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BENEATH THE CITADEL

teared up!  ||  ★★★★☆.5

Beneath the CitadelOkay, so I ADORED this book, and it’s pretty much the most shocking book ending of 2018 for me. But besides the ending, I was also shocked by… how affected I was by it?? And the fact that real tears formed in my eyes???

It wasn’t even that sad. And I was lowkey expecting it. What is wrong with me.

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THE DEMON RACE

teared up!  ||  ★★★★☆.5

The Demon RaceThis book being on this list makes me laugh SO hard at how pathetic I am, because I literally… teared up… over the romance?

WHO AM I.

Legitimately, though, I fell in love with the characters, and their slowburn romance was killing me. And then when something happened at the very end of the book, I just kind of… released my sappiness through tears.

It was horrible. I’m so ashamed.

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ANGER IS A GIFT

cried!  ||  ★★★★★

Anger Is a GiftOkay my dudes this is it this is the book I cried THE MOST OVER EVER.

Screw you, book.

There was a certain event halfway through the book, and it was genuinely so unexpected, and as soon as I read it, I just started crying. I kept tearing up and then sobbing for the next half hour, before finally calming down and being able to actually see the pages without tears blurring my vision.

I don’t remember if I cried anymore after that while I read the book, but I know I sobbed a bunch after finishing it, and when I woke up in the morning, my eyes were literally swollen.

Screw you, book.

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THE BURNING MAZE

cried!  ||  ★★★★☆

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)Okay, listen, I stayed away from spoilers for SO LONG until I actually checked out the library book. And I was shocked by the spoiler, but did I think I would be super super sad about it? No.

And then I read the book and sobbed.

Anyways! Rick Riordan has officially killed me but I’m still going to keep reading his books because I love self-destruction!

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ON A SUNBEAM

 teared up!  ||  ★★★★★

On a SunbeamHonestly, this is the most recent book I read from this list and I don’t remember why I teared up over this? I think it was either the sad scenes that made me emotional, or the fact that I loved it so much. I don’t know, either sounds like a viable option to me, considering how sappy I’ve seemed to have gotten!!!

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WHY DID I CRY SO MUCH?

I think the high amount of crying/tearing up over books I’ve done this year boils down to two reasons:

  1. My mental health has been a lot worse than past years, which has made me a lot more susceptible to crying.
  2. I distinctly remember reading/finishing all of these books at night, when I’m tired and a lot more susceptible to crying.

Basically, I was very emotional this year and I have made up excuses for it instead of admitting I actually have a heart. Character growth!

But seriously, I do think that a lot of the books I read this year were so very touching and heart-wrenching. Maybe not enough to have made me cry/tear up years before, and there are definitely some books on this list that are on it for dumb reasons, but it’s okay!! I love making myself feel pain with heartbreaking, soul-wrecking books.


shall we chat

what books have YOU cried/teared up over this year? have you read emotion-wrecking books but not cried/teared up? do you usually cry/tear up over books?? tell me everything!

p.s. fun fact: apparently Leah on the Offbeat was on my “tears” shelf on Goodreads but I have absolutely no recollection of tearing up over it so I just took it off I love having a good memory

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30 thoughts on “To All the Books that Emotionally Wrecked Me This Year & Why I Cried Over More Books in 2018 than Ever Before

  1. This is a great post and I am kinda wondering if I should do something like this as well but I am a legit crier, so that list might become too long. You have some really good books tho! I have read and few of them and cried over them as well. 😂

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  2. AHH I CRIED OVER TBDATE TOOOOO!!!!! and all of these sound amazing yet MY LOCAL LIBRARY DOES NOT HAVE THEM and I am sad. GOPAF I reaaaallly want to read, as well as Anger is a Gift and Darius the Great is Not Okay. GAAHHH THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD BOOKS!!! Rhi xxx
    P.S. i just want to say thank you so much again for helping me out. it literally means THE WORLD. xxxxxxxxx

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  3. I just… cry way too much over everything. I am super overemotional and I don’t even care. And it’s not just when I’m sad either… it’s when I’m happy too… (I’m so weird I know).

    Because of that, I can’t really keep track of all the books I cried over (and ESPECIALLY not the ones I teared up over), but I definitely cried over a few of the same ones as you… Song of Achilles had me SOBBING SO HARD, and Evelyn Hugo was definitely a tear jerker too! And I distinctly remember crying all over my pillow at two in the morning about Girl Made of Stars because WOW that book was heartbreaking.

    And Simon Vs too! I reread it over the summer and I was sooooo emotional, because it was so painfully relatable, and also it just… it means so much to me. It didn’t directly make me start questioning exactly, but it did a lot for me and… I guess it helped me to get to a point where I was able to start questioning. So it was super emotional to reread it again now that I’ve got things figured out.

    Also I started Summer Bird Blue a few days ago but it’s SO PAINFUL, so I’m sort of procrastinating reading more of it, even though it’s really good… It’s just way too painful!

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  4. I cry a lot when reading and watching movies. Okay, I cry over grocery store ads. I was in a commercial writing class and every time my professor played an ad, my class placed bets whether I would cry. (that sounds mean, but it’s my journalism senior friends, and so it was just funny. It got to the point where I cried during a McDonald’s ad, and everyone, especially me, started laughing) I definitely think college and being more tired makes me cry more, haha.

    Some books that made me cry this year, Love Simon, Song of Achilles – that book made me weep! We Are Okay – i cried in public because smart me read this at a restaurant. Tyler Johnson was Here and Dear Martin made me angry cry. Oh, and I definitely cried SEVERAL times reading through Heroes of Olympus, especially Mark of Athena and the House of Hades, because my precious Annabeth and Percy.

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  5. I totally feel you about Simon! Something snapped me when I was reading the book like it reminded me of something I already knew but at the same I didn’t. I am a huge crier too 😀 Such an amazing post ❤

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  6. I actually can’t remember the last time I cried or teared up over a book, though the ending of Monsters, Inc gets me every time; but you’ve inspired me to create a “tears” shelf on goodreads, so thank you for that awesome idea!

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  7. So. Many. Book. Recommendations. Yes May!! Girl Made of Stars shook me too – it was so sad but empowering and ugh! I haven’t read any of the ones after that yet but They Both Die at the End sounds so good. I don’t think I’ve cried over a book in a while. I remember the first one was called Rain Shadow from years ago and Married in Seattle hit me in a weird way. But that’s about it. I’ll be on the hunt for these. 💗

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  8. Omg GIRL MADE OF STARS. I’VE BEARLY STARTED IT AND HAVE ALREADY CRIED SO MANY TIMES!!! AHHH SIMON VS!!!! I think I cried at this one this year too??? It was either that or a very very near thing!! THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END. I WAS A COMPLETE MESS?????? OMG ANGER IS A GIFT I NEED!!!!
    On another note: I hope that 2019 is better for you mental-health wise. I was kind of the opposite this year? like, I felt like I couldn’t really FEEL what the books were trying to make me feel and just felt detached??? but now I read one page and I’m a slobbering mess??? *shrug*
    I can’t wait to read the books that you’ve recommended here, some of them I hadn’t really heard of and some I’ve been wanting to read for ages (ANGER IS A GIFT!!!!)
    I hope that you have a great weekend and a great rest of the year I LOVED this post!!

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  9. this is such a great list and I am so happy to see someone else talking about Nice Try, Jane Sinner even though it made you cry because that book is SO. GOOD. I totally agree with everything you said about the depression rep being amazing. I felt so seen by that book and I wish more people would talk it up!

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  10. I haven’t read any of these yet (IDK HOW!), but I really need to! I especially want to read Darius the Great and Girl Made of Stars!! I’m such an emotional reader as well, but I almost like putting myself through the pain of reading heartbreaking stories!? Definitely reading lots of these in 2019! Thanks for all the recs, lovely!!! ❤️❤️

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  11. this title, like. TOO good of a take on to all the boys?? maybe. either way sounds like & is a more interesting read

    i’ve only read evelyn hugo and girl made of stars of this list but also i teared up over a WEIRD number of books this year. mostly out of loving them so much?? and i think it has a lot to do with me also just having a v emotional year and needing an outlet for that

    also i’m so v sorry you had/are having a tough mental health year but i just wanna say that i really admire your strength & courage & perseverance. you inspire me a lot okay you’re awesome okay byeeeee

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  12. I wish I cried over more books this year and in life(in general, not a big crier). BUT I CANNOT wait to read all of these book, they all sound brilliant??? And Summer Bird Blue and that scene you mentioned RUINED me. AMAZING post, as always!

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  13. Girl Made of Stars and The Sevend Husbands of Evelyn Hugo had me sobbing!!!!

    I never used to cry that much reading books either but the last year or two has hit me like a ton of bricks.

    Hope your mental health is getting better 💕💕💕

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  14. Song of Achilles just destroyed me. I was sobbing my heart out and for days after that book was still knocking about in my head. I tried reading the silence of girls afterwards because it’s set during the Trojan war too and follow Bris but it just wasn’t on par and I while still a good book, it’s nowhere near the same level as Song of Achilles.
    Loved your post. You’ve given me some ideas for 2019z

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  15. This is such a great post (and not because you cried a whole lot over books or that it’s been a terrible mental health year for you, I’m so sorry and sad about that and I really hope that next year will be way better for you love. also, I already said so, but know that I am always here for you whenever you need. <3). Anyway, this is a great post because I tend to love books that make me emotional, because it means I connected with them in such a deep way and I love that. I can't wait to read Evelyn Hugo, Girls of Paper and Fire and Summer Bird Blue, oh, and Darius! And Jane Sinner. Okay. I need to read everything here, I think, haha 🙂 ❤

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  16. i love the fact that you make a distinction between tearing up and crying, youre so extra omg but aww you actually shed tears this year :”)

    ……..you probably cried over more aftg fanfics than published books tbh

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  17. Omg yes They Both Die At The End destroyed me!!! I kinda forgot that there is essentially insta-love because I never saw it that way but omg it was beautiful and my absolute favorite book of 2018! The Song of Achilles also made me cry and it’s just so good! Also Simon makes me cry as well for a certain part that we all know. I can’t recall all the books I cried in 2018 but I cry a lot so it will probably be half XD

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