Grab the Kleenex…

In my humble opinion, there is no reason to read a book if it doesn’t make you cry. Seriously, what is the point of investing all of that time if you don’t even care enough to cry about what happens to the characters within the pages? In this busy life, there’s just no extra time for things we aren’t emotionally connected to.

Here’s a list of five titles that will require, a little bit of wine, a whole lot of tissues, and that have prompted my kids to ask, “Mom, are you okay?”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:  You will never forget Francie or how optimistic she made you feel while breaking your heart still.

A Partial History of Lost Causes: A life that is doomed mixed with an urgency for reality to not be what it is. I could literally talk about this book for days, and I will if you ask me!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption: If you know anything about me, then you know that I have a weakness for old men… Louis Zamperini is truly an American hero, he is also brave, unbreakable and loves his mother. Not to sound cliche, but every American should read this book. Every. Single. American.

The Risk Pool by Richard Russo: This one killed me, and it is hard to explain why. Suffice it to say that some people can hurt us more than they ever actually deserve to. We allow these people to hurt us even though we know they will never actually have the ability to not- we are in a constant state of loss just by knowing and loving this kind of person.

Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson: Dear. Sweet. Jesus. I dare you not to cry as you think about the lonely existence of giantess Ana Swift. Her heartache, her loneliness and the cramps in her legs will stay with you for a long, long time.

I have so many more books that have broken my heart- but this is a good start and a great way to keep your humanity in check!