Most of the time I try to avoid books that are known to make people cry but sometimes a girl just needs a let out some tears. So, why waste tears crying over nothing when you can read a good story at the same time? When it comes to good tear jerking works of literature I usually go with one of the following:

Tuesdays With Morrie

Want a story about life, where the focus is finding yourself by connecting with a mentor from the past? Want to learn something about yourself, or in the end reflect on your life and purpose? Want to cry like a baby?

Then Tuesdays With Morrie is the book for you.

The worst part about it, at the very start of the book you are told that Morrie is going to die. The whole book you know that the inevitable is going to happen but when it happens you can’t accept it. The whole book you have learned to love this person that you know is going to make you curl up in a ball and weep. Yet, as much as this pains you, after you’ve had a good cry, there is this sense of relief.

This was the first book I read by Mitch Albom and showed me just how powerful words could be. Not only was this the first book to teach me that, it was also the first book – I remember – that caused me to cry.

For One More Day

This freaking book… what to say about it? If you have lost a parent and are feeling a little lost yourself, this book is worth reading. Another masterpiece by Mitch Albom that tugs at the heart strings.

It follows a man who’s lost his mother. He – in a sense – has hit rock bottom and this results in him making some questionable choices that leads him to getting into an accident. While in limbo he sees his mother and gets to spend one more day with her. He learns that life is fleeting, that loved ones never truly leave us, and that life is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted.

The moment I started reading I couldn’t put it down. This was an all night reader for me, and when 8 am came around I was balling. Again, Mitch Albom doesn’t hide anything from you. You are well aware what torment you are about to go through, and maybe I’m a masochist, but damn his books are amazing emotional roller-coasters.

My Dog Skip

If it’s not a book about death of a loved one or mentor, then the only other books that have turned me into a lump of blubbering goop would be books about animals. My Dog Skip, more known for the movie, is a book by Willie Morris.

It follows the story of a boy and his dog – a classic Amercian story. This story shows the challenges of growing up in America during the 1940’s. It is a quick read and makes your heart feel all fluffy… until Skip dies. Sorry, spoiler, but you kind of knew it was coming. This post isn’t about books that made me smile, after all.

As an animal lover, the lose of a pet is painful. This book rips out all those past traumas and slams them down on the table. The same can be said about…

Marley & Me

Following the thirteen years of a yellow Labrador retriever with a little bit of a destructive personality, this book will make you laugh and cry. Written by John Grogan, this is a fantastic read. If you are a dog lover like me, then you can relate to some of the things that happen in this story.

Again, the dog dies. It’s a given at this point.

This story is full of true to life moments, doesn’t hide the truth about life with a difficult pet, and makes you appreciate your fuzzy friend’s quirks a little more. I would recommend reading this book before my dog skip, since it is a story written in current times and is easier to digest in my opinion.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some ice cream and turn into a blanket burrito for the rest of the day. Toodles for now! XD