I am (secretly) a very sentimental being, here are five books that have left me weeping.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
I sobbed for half an hour after I finished this book, review to come Monday. It has changed the way I think. I would like to say more, but it would spoil you.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
All hail the strength of women in tumultuous times. This is the story of the friendship between two women, Mariam and Laila, and what it meant to be a woman in Afghanistan from Soviet control to the topple of Taliban rule.
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
These tears were fuelled by anxiety. I’ve never loved and hated a character as much as Sylvia Tietjens (not even Cersei Lannister) and her mission to keep her husband, Christopher, and Valentine apart almost broke me.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold
It may not be a Pulitzer winner, but Seabold’s tale of family grief and the girl in heaven watching over her family was beautiful. I didn’t just cry at the end, I cried throughout.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Death: Dobby. Colin. Fred. Lupin. Tonks. Hedwig. Mad-Eye. Lavender. Snape.