2. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – This book will probably always be on lists of this type. It made me feel all the feels and I still remember how I felt when I finished it. Devastated.
3. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Tears of happiness, man. The best kind, in my opinion.
4. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – I’m just going to quote from my review. “So the way this book made me feel. Dude. I cried like five times. Mostly when good things happened to Kimberley. Because her life was such shit and she and her mother had it so hard that when something good DID happen, the reader (me) really felt it.”
5. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Connecting with a character and growing with them throughout the course of a book can produce some strong emotions, like, “But this book. OH, this book. It had me on the floor with the Kleenex *cough* toilet paper *cough*, rolling around like Nancy Kerrigan screaming, ‘Why, why?'”
1. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – If you read this book, I don’t have to explain this choice. If you have not picked up this book, then I highly recommend this story to every single reader. Bring tissues.
2. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Taylor has a knack for ripping out my heart and holding it up to my face, and claiming stating “Does it hurt?” Yes, yes this book did hurt. It hurts so bad, and that makes it so good. I can’t delve into this one without giving away a huge spoiler, but for those who have had the honor of reading this book, HOW COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED?!
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Also another book that needs no explanation. This is a book that had to go into the freezer. If you don’t get this, then all my pity (total Friends reference).
4. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – One of my most beloved scenes of this epic story is the unicorn talking about regret and love, and how you cannot have one without the other. This entire story can drive a knife right into your chest and leave you so empty, but overall richer as a person.
5. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye by Jane Yolen – Yolen ranks high on my top favorite children’s authors list. This picture book is perfect to help explain the death of loved pets. This is also a great recommendation when you need to sob like a 5 year old in your own house and have people ask you “Who DIED??!”