Books πŸ“š That Will Shatter Your Heart πŸ’” in to Smithereens πŸ”¨ ...

Books can play a whole symphony of tunes with your emotions. They make you laugh and smile or they can make you cry. Grab the box of tissues because you are going to need it if you read any of these:

1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

A heart wrenching and emotional story about two sisters, one whose cancer is killing her, and one whose organs have the chance to save her.

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2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple isn’t always a nice or comfortable read, but it is an absolutely essential one. Don’t watch the movie; immerse yourself in the novel instead.

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3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A poignant and unique novel that displays an alternative and, at points, terrifying future.

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4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Second World War is always a literary backdrop full of sadness, but this novel by Markus Zusak tells a story of that time unlike any other I have ever read.

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5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

When done well, a classic love story can swell the emotions like nothing else, and in The Notebook a classic love story is exactly what Nicholas Sparks gives to his readers.

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6. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

An unforgettable tale both of death and grief, and of the difficult circumstances under which a gay man had to live in the prejudice of the 1960s.

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7. One Day by David Nicholls

The story of two friends who love each other, but life prevents them from forming a real relationship. Their love story is tragic, gripping and sure to make you cry.

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8. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

A gripping novel based on the true story of the assassination of the Mirabal sisters, killed in the Dominican Republic as part of the terrible Rafael Trujillo regime.

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9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A heartbreaking story about a family who are having to cope with the death of the young sister and daughter.

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10. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

A sweeping and emotional tale of great love, all amongst the backdrop of the Great War. All of the ingredients for an unforgettable read.

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11. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

A unique book about the lives and struggles of a Mexican family who travel to the United States in hope of medical help and a better life.

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12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A recent worldwide hit with a big screen adaptation to boot, this novel of young love amid the adversity of cancer will take you on a whirlwind of emotion.

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13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

A gripping and unusual novel that follows the murder of a young girl and the efforts to find her killer more than a decade later.

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14. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The heartbreaking story of a woman manipulated by, cheated on and ultimately undone by love in Victorian England.

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15. A Child Called It by David Pelzer

The story of a child abused by sadistic parents. This is a true story and a terrifying tale of the human capacity for cruelty.

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16. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

An emotional mixture of science fiction and romance that will take you on a magical tour of the imagination.

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17. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A classic of American literature that tells the heart breaking story of a unique friendship between two male drifters during the Great Depression.

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18. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A stunning and unforgettable visualization of a post apocalyptic world full of struggle and the will to survive.

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19. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

A great childhood classic that, even for an adult reader, will be guaranteed to stir the emotions and produce a little tear!

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20. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A much beloved and critically acclaimed story about the friendship between a wealthy boy and the young son of his father’s servant.

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21. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy

One of his lesser known works it still has all the soaring drama and rampant emotion expected of Tolstoy. Read the story of a nobleman and maid.

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So many fabulous books! Is your favorite tearjerker here? No? Tell us what it is.