Tue
Jun 10 2014 8:14am

What’s the Saddest Book You’ve Ever Read (and Loved)?

Even though romance readers are usually all about the happy ending, sometimes you just need a good cry.

And with The Fault in Our Stars surpassing expectations at the box office (seeing a corresponding rise in the sale of tissues), it seems like a good time to ask:

What's the saddest book you've read—and loved?

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14 comments
Anna Bowling
1. AnnaBowling
For me, it has to be Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Stevens, a butler in mid 20th century England, holds on to tradition and duty, the only things he has left, after losing the love of his life, housekeeper, Miss Kenton (whom he came so demmed close to getting back, curse you, telephone that rang at the wrong time) and the entire way of life that had sustained his family for generations. A book about devotion to domestic service shouldn't rip a reader's heart out and shred it to pieces, but it does, and in exquisitely proper fashion.
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
I'm going to put in a lit fic--Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy. I met the author at the Brooklyn Book Festival (Fair?) and fell in love with how he used language. It was such a sweet, sad, and poignant book. Also really loved Fault in Our Stars--but again, it tore me up!
8blkpaws
4. 8blkpaws
The book thief... I was so heartbroken..
8blkpaws
5. ArleenBailey
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
I sobbed while reading this book on a plane.
8blkpaws
6. Alie
A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. So good, but so sad.
8blkpaws
7. Laurie A
A classic "Love Story" by Erich Segal
Julia Broadbooks
8. juliabroadbooks
Possession by A. S. Byatt. It was so beautiful and so sweet but it still broke my heart.
8blkpaws
9. Verlyn
Kind of hard to narrow it down. My top five are:
When Crickets Cry by George Martin,
At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks (curse you, Nicky Sparks, all of your books always make me cry!),
Happy Endings by Katherine Stone,
The Cutting Edge by Linda Howard (it made me bleed inside),
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Acheron also got to me, twin brother POV).
8blkpaws
10. MariaC
Wuthering Heights. My favorite book ever!!
8blkpaws
11. Angel67
The French Bride by Evelyn Anthony - heartbreakingly beautiful
8blkpaws
12. MelissaJ
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Beautifully sad love story. Cried during the last 100 pages at least. The story makes you want to believe in and hope for reincarnation.
Brianna
13. carmenlire
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Deadline by Chris Kutcher
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
8blkpaws
14. Losmi4
Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook.
Get ready to be depressed for months after this book.
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