66 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Mums barely have the time to themselves what with the babies and the house and the hubby to manage. But when they do, it’s always best spent with a good book and perhaps, some wine, too.

So, we recently asked SAHM Facebook fans over at the Morning Cuppa to tell us which books they have read that have made them cry. We had some really good answers and came up with a rather long list to try to accommodate everyone’s recommendations.

If you are ever planning on doing some *heavy* reading once school’s back once again (and you’ve, ermm, managed to clean the house and do all the laundry), here are some books you might want to keep in mind.

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

By age 13, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, a life and a role that she has never questioned until now.

Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

“Every time.” -Terri-Erin Klause

“First of her books that I read, and cried my eyes out at the end. It made me want to read everything she has written, and I love her work. So disappointed at the movie though, they should have never changed the ending, should have had it the same as the book.” – Bec Barnes

“Haven’t been able to get through the first chapter of any book since.” – Carlz Austin

“I was on a tram in Melbourne reading the end of this book and cried my eyes out!!!” – Rachael Loney

“I won’t read Jodi Picoult books because they always make me cry and real life is miserable enough.” – Meredith Myers

“Anything from Jodi Picoult makes me cry but I love her books!” – Whitney Campbell

“Everything by Jodi Picoult makes me cry!” – Jess Rouget

Also by Jodi Picoult:

  • The Pact: 
    • It is a good book.” – Shailee Roxburgh
    • “I couldn’t stop crying.” – Eftihia Polyzogopoulos
  • Nineteen Minutes: Most of her books make me cry!” – Kiera Cross
  • Mercy: Tears!” – Carys Saunders
  • Perfect Match: -Amanda Shaw

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool’s Day. In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man’s life. Damon’s story is one of lifelong struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity.

“I was an absolute wreck.” – Kym Luxford

“So many! Bryce Courtenay’s work never fails to make me cry.” – Naomi Turnbull

Also by Bryce Courtenay:

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing–and being braver than ever before.

“The movie teared me up a little too.” – Keren Taylor

“Bawled through the book and when the movie came out I was smart enough to take a box of tissues with me.” – Sharyn Longuet

“Not the movie version though.” – Louise Rudling

“…Then I saw the movie. It was crap, I couldn’t watch it.” – Shan Murphy

“I read that before the movie came out…quite a tear jerker.” – Mikkie Trigg

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

“I grew up with it and when the last book came out and it was said there was no more I bawled.” – Kristen Maree

“The last two books definitely get me going at points.” – Angelica Smith

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist — books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

“OMG. I bawled!” – Whitney Campbell

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

John and Jenny were young and deeply in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into an uncontrollable 44-kilogram steamroller of a Labrador retriever. Expelled from obedience school, even the tranquillisers prescribed by the vet couldn’t stop him. Yet through the chaos and the hilarity he won hearts and remained a steadfast model of devotion to his family, even when they were at their wits’ end.

“Sobbing tears!!!” – Alison Hollingsworth

“Oh my Lord, the tears.” – Kat Smitheram

“The most sobbing I’ve done that had me absolutely bawling!” – Lucy Murphy

“Read the kid’s version to my class…yeah, we shed some tears together.” – Amy Drummond

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy’s abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother – a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an ‘it’.His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog’s bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him.

“I read it when I was 17 I honestly now as a mother do not think I could handle reading it again.” – Yvette Bennett

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

1970s Afghanistan: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives..

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. She’s covered in bandages and she’s lying in her parents’ Good Front Room dreaming of leaving Dublin and getting back to New York.
To her friends.
To The Most Fabulous Job in the World(TM).
And most of all, back to her husband, Aiden.
But her family have other ideas (not to mention the usual problems that beset the Walsh sisters). And Aiden, for some reason, seems unwilling to get in touch.
What happened to Anna to send her so far from all that she loves? And what happened to her marriage that her husband won’t talk to her?

“You’ll be laughing and crying all at once.” – Dani Della

“One of my all time favourite books. I bawled the first time I read it!” – Emma Semple

“It is such a good book!” – Nicolle Thomas

65 Heart-Wrenching Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry | Stay At Home Mum

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty.

Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing.

“I didn’t realise it was a book until after my husband begged me to watch the movie. I usually prefer to read the book first.” – Janelle Duncan

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