1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    Definitely in my top five favorite books (ever). So beautifully written - each sentence is carefully crafted. Soooo sad. This is more of an ugly-cry kinda book.
  2. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
    The camaraderie described in this book is moving. Joe Rantz's family situation is also very sad. As a rower, I can relate to the feeling of "the boat" and Brown's descriptions of that feeling are powerful.
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
    The end of this book is killer. An amazing love story + family drama + mystery + WW II = success (and a few tears)
  4. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    I put this on the my other list, but I had to include it again. Amazing book. Read it.
  5. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    Whew. This one gets personal. If you have an older loved one or are thinking about your future, this is a must-read. Thought-provoking and sad at the same time, this book forces us to confront the mess of getting old.
  6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    I had to put this one on here twice. I read it for the first time a year ago, and I have only now been able to pick it back up. Deeply stirring book, READ IT NOW!