8 Books That Made Me Ugly Cry

I am a very emotional reader. I like to completely immerse myself into the worlds and minds of the characters. That being said, at the slightest bit of conflict, I find myself tearing up, and becoming upset for the characters. This list is not of those books.

This list is made up of books that made me cry so hard I had to put them down for awhile because I could not see the pages anymore. This list is made up of books that I stared at the final page for a good ten minutes because I was trying to put myself back together again.

  1. So B. It by Sarah Weeks- This is the story of a young girl named Heidi who has a mentally disabled mother. Heidi and her mother are taken care of by their next door neighbor, and none of them have any clue who or where Heidi’s father is. She goes on a trip across the country to find her father and attempt to unravel her family’s mysterious past.
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- This is a classic about two men trying to find a job. George and, his mentally-disabled friend, Lennie have a dream to own land of their own. They end up finding work, but their dream is destroyed when Lennie falls victim to his own strength.
  3. Sold by Patricia McCormick- When Lakshmi’s family becomes too poor to live, her stepfather sells her into prostitution at the age of 13. Told in poems, this is the story of how Lakshmi overcame Mumtaz, the woman who runs the brothel, and the system.
  4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer- Set in a time where the Earth has been overrun with aliens, this science fiction novel is about Melanie whose body has been taken over by the “soul” Wanderer. Melanie refuses to give up, and demands for her body back, leading Wanderer to set off on a mission to find Jared, the man Melanie loved before her body was taken.
  5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes- This is not technically a book, but a short story rather. It is told through the journals of a mentally handicapped man who decides to partake in an experiment that could raise his IQ. Algernon, the mouse test-specimen received the same treatment as Charlie, and shows promising results. However, after Charlie has already received the operation, Algernon begins deteriorating, and Charlie begins to become concerned the same will happen to him.
  6. The Program by Suzanne Young- In a world where there is a teen suicide epidemic, Sloane is not allowed to show her true feelings in fear that she will be sent to The Program. The only person who sees the real side of her is James, her boyfriend and brother’s best friend. Sadly, her brother has already committed suicide, and because of this, she is the only child left in her family. Her parents will stop at nothing to keep her alive including sending her off The Program if the depression gets to severe.
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Hazel Grace knows she is going to die from cancer. Because she knows this, and has become depressed, her mother insists that she goes to a support group filled with other teenagers who have cancer. This is where she meets Augustus Waters who completely turns her life upside down.
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak-  This is a World War II historical fiction that is told from the perspective of death itself. It tells the story of Liesel, a young foster girl, who steals books. Along the way, a Jewish man is moved into her basement, and he brings a lot of trepidation along with his company.

Personally, I enjoy a good cry every once in awhile, so all of these books are within my top 20 favorites of all time. I thought you may enjoy them, too. Please comment below some books that have made you cry in the past! I’d love to look into them. Thanks for reading!


Books I Want to Read

My bookish wishlist grows everyday because of the bookstagram and booktube, (book accounts on instagram and youtube) and I keep track of all of these by using Goodreads. If you haven’t heard of Goodreads, I highly suggest you look into it. They have a website as well an app. Not only can you keep track of all the books you want to read, but also all the books you have read, the rating you give them, and the books you are currently reading. It then takes your list of read books, and give you recommendations based on your reviews. It’s extremely useful.

Anyway, here is my current list of book I want to read according to my Goodreads account:

  1. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  4. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  5. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  7. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  8. You by Caroline Kepnes
  9. All of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling
  10. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  11. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  12. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

That concludes my list for now, but like I said before, my list grows every day. Definitely give Goodreads a try if you haven’t yet. I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you so much for reading!

My Favorite Books

I think people’s favorite books say a lot about who they are as a person, so in an effort to allow you all to get to know me better I thought I’d share a list of some of my favorite books. Now, this isn’t going to be all of them because one, I know I’ll probably leave some out, and two, that would be a really long list. I quite enjoy most of the things I read. Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and just get into it.

  1. So B. It by Sarah Weeks- I first read this book in elementary school, and I still think about it to this day. A book that has an impression that long lasting deserves to be on a favorites list.
  2. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes- This is a super quick read, but it’s so emotional, and very well thought out. I loved this book so much.
  3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman- If you haven’t read this book go read it right now! It was so interesting, and way different from anything I’ve ever read. Not only was the storyline unique, but the way it’s written as well. The entire book is made up of interviews, texts, documents, emails, etc. I highly recommend this book.
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- Where do I even begin to talk about this book? First let me say that I bawled my eyes out while reading it, and that is always a sign that I will love a book. What can I say? I love books that make me feel.
  5. Sold by Patricia McCormick- This book was so intriguing. It’s about a Nepali girl who is sold into prostitution and her thoughts along the way. It was heartbreaking. I must pick it up again soon.
  6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer- I love this book so much because it got me back into reading after a two year reading slump. It’s really long, and has some slow parts, but it’s all worth it in the end.
  7. The Program by Suzanne Young- I thought the concept was very fascinating, and again, I bawled my eyes out multiple times while reading this book. Sadly, the second book in the series was no where near as good.

I’ll leave the list at that. As I said before, this isn’t all of my favorites. Actually, it’s no where near all of my favorites, but it’s a good start. I think it’s pretty obvious that I love emotional reads. What’s the point of reading if you aren’t feeling anything from it?

Well, that’s all I have for today! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed!

Tips for Reading More

Finding time to read when you have a busy schedule can be quite challenging, and sometimes even frustrating. Currently I am working part time as well as taking 20 credit hours this semester in college. In other words, I’m busy. At the beginning of the semester I wasn’t reading for fun at all because I was so overwhelmed with homework and studying that I just couldn’t find the time, but now I’m halfway through the semester, and I’ve figured out a few ways to get my reading in.

  1. Carry a book with you everywhere. Like I said, I’m in school, so this is a little easier for me because I can just put it in my backpack. But, even if you don’t have a backpack, still carry one anyway. You never know when you may get a little extra time to squeeze in a few pages. For me, this is usually between classes, but for you it may be while your waiting on the bus, for a phone call, or during lunch.
  2. Get the kindle app. I know, I know, I know. Reading from a phone or a kindle doesn’t give you the same feel as reading for a book where you can feel the weight in your hands, but hear me out. One, you always have your phone with you, so you’ll always have a book with you as I suggested in my first tip. Two, if you finish your book you can immediately by a new one from amazon.
  3. Set a daily reading goal. A daily reading goal is a lot less daunting than a monthly book goal. If you set your goal at 50 pages a day, maybe even 25 if you’re busy like me, then you will be making progress every single day. Who care if you only read 4 books in a month, as long as you are happy with the amount of reading you are doing?
  4. Don’t over do it. This kind of goes along with my last point, but don’t push yourself to read so much that it’s no longer fun. Reading for fun is, obviously, supposed to be fun! Read when you can, when you want to, and as much as you want. Reading is very personal. Don’t feel pressured to read a certain amount because you used to, because I so, or because anyone says so. Do as much reading as feel right. If you burn yourself out, you’ll end up doing a lot less reading than if you only read a few pages a day.

That’s all I have! I hope this is helpful, and that you enjoyed my post. Thank you so much for reading.

My TBR Pile

If you are an avid reader, you probably have a pretty lengthy TBR pile. This is the “to be read” pile of books somewhere in your house. Mine happens to be mixed in with all of my books because my bookshelf is organized by color, but many people separate their TBR pile to its own shelf, sometimes its own bookcase if that particular person is extremely ambitious. My TBR pile contains the following:

  1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  2. The Remedy by Suzanne Young
  3. Imaginary Girls by Nova Res Suma
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  6. Fire by Night by Lynn Austin
  7. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

When I was writing up this list I was surprised at how short it has become. I guess I’ve been good about actually reading the books I purchase lately. Try writing up a list of your TBR books. It’s a good tool to use when making a reading schedule and also when weeding out books you don’t have room for anymore.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed today’s post.

Tips for Listening to Audiobooks

My mother is a huge advocate for audiobooks. She used to read all the time, but I asked her the other day, and she said it has probably been at least a year since since she’s picked up an actual book. Until recently, I never listened to audiobooks because I just assumed I wouldn’t get as much out of them as I do from a hardcopy, but I was wrong. The experience of listening to a book is completely different from reading, and not all books are meant to be listened to, but if you find the right book, and the right time to listen, audiobooks can be really amazing. Here are some tips and tricks for how to get the most out of an audiobook.

First, listen to the samples! Most websites that sell audiobooks (my favorite is audible) allow you to listen to a short sample of the piece before you purchase it. Always listen to this before you pay. Most books have many characters, and if the speaker is monotone, it may be harder for you to keep up with the story, especially if you are just getting into audiobooks.

Second, try listening in the car. This took a little bit of getting used to, but now I love listening to audiobooks while driving. I often find myself making longer trips, longer meaning two or more hours, and listening to a book makes the time go by so fast. I even listen when I’m only going to be in the car for a few minutes. It’s such a great time to get some of the chapters in your current read knocked out.

Third, read the reviews, but also be willing to make your own opinions. This goes for anything, but especially audiobooks. I have seen poor reviews given because a speaker gives each of the characters different voices, but I personally love this. I have given a speaker a poor review because it was difficult for me to understand their accent, but that may not be the case for you! Be willing to check things out and make your own judgements.

Fourth, one of the best things about audiobooks is that you can multitask while enjoying a book at the same time, so do just that. I personally like putting away laundry, cleaning my room, and even filling out my planner while I have the book playing. Being able to concentrate on both tasks can take some practice, but once you get it down, it becomes a very efficient use of time.

I hope these tips were helpful, and that you’ll give audiobooks a chance in the future. Thank you so much for reading!

Dead Until Dark: A Review

Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris, is the first novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series. You may also know it as the True Blood series. I picked it up after watching the first few seasons of the HBO series, True Blood. The mass selling paperback edition is 292 pages, and it took me around two days to finish. I quite enjoyed this book, but it was by no means “mentally taxing.”

Dead Until Dark is set in a time where Vampirism has come to light, and while it is the law to accept them, many do not. The book follows a young woman named Sookie who lives in Louisiana. She is just a waitress, but she can also read the minds of others. Sookie meets Bill who is a Vampire, and is not widely accepted by the town. Many murders begin to occur, and when Sookie’s coworkers start to killed off one-by-one, she becomes scared for her life.

I will grade this book from a scale of 1-10 in the categories of writing style, characters, plot, and overall enjoyment.

In terms of writing style, I give this book an 8. Because it is set in Louisiana, Harris takes on a very heavy southern accent. While this is fun, and often times hilarious, I found it hard to take seriously in many scenes in the novel. Good thing it’s meant to be comedic.

In terms of characters, I give this book a 6. There are way too many characters introduced for a book that is less than 300 pages in length. While it is obvious that Sookie and Bill are the main characters, there is also Jason, Sam, Charlsie, Eric, Long Shadow, Gran, Pam, Rene, Hoyt, and many more. This led to poor character development. Yes, supporting characters are necessary, but I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I wasn’t required to keep up with so many names.

In terms of plot, I give this book an 8. Like I’ve already said, it was fun. I don’t want to talk too much about the plot because I don’t want to give too much away, but there are enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, but not too many.

In terms of overall enjoyment, I give this book a 9. It was a quick and easy read that’s good for a weekend, or a just a break. I liked the story, the characters, while too many, are funny and likable. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something to simply pass the time.

That concludes this review. Thank you for reading, and I hope you found it helpful.

Just an Introduction

Hello all! My name is Cameron Lindsey, and I am a college student who has loved reading since my 7th grade year in middle school when I had to read To Kill a Mockingbird. I enjoy many genres such as mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, and sometimes even plain, old fluffy romance. This blog will be a collection of reviews, wish lists, and all things books I love! I hope you enjoy.