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A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

A book that made me literally cry my eyes out was ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

It is about a boy whose mother is dying of cancer but a monster visits him one night who just might be able to help. How it helps though, is another question. It’s very short (a 2 hour read for me) but absolutely unputdownable and an excellent story on dealing with grief, pain and attempting to understand the random nature of tragedy. Recommended by Sakina Hassan

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe makes us feel how our feelings are universal. How it is important to hear the other sides story before painting them as a villain. This book sends out a message of empathy, undying love, infinite hope and just when you think it will end up as tragedy, everything comes together beautifully in the end. Recommended by Sara Hassan

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I surprise cried when I read that Eleanor has no friends at work. I angry cried when I read Eleanor’s conversations with “Mummy” I despair cried when Eleanor found out about her crush. But I happy cried when Eleanor found a friend. I happy cried again when Eleanor made efforts to be “normal” and succeeded. I happy cried again when Eleanor found true love.

Dive in to the book Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman and you will know that everyone feels all the same emotions that you feel even if they live anywhere in the world. Recommended by Humera Fatima

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This book is moving, uplifting and utterly charming. Just when you feel that everything is coming together, the book plays havoc with your heart and you plunge into depths of despair – only to surface again! Recommended by Varda Dar

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God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

It was a heart-breaking read because it made abundantly clear how powerless the marginalized are in our society and how it is the ones we are taught to love the most (and therefore, who ought to love us the most) who perpetuate the systems that oppress us. Recommended by Nabiha Mansoor

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

I believe that a book needs the following ingredients to guarantee a good cry; a wild landscape, animals, passion. ‘Out of Africa’ by Isak Dinesen, (the pen name of Karen Blixen), contains all of these. Karen’s memoir of her life in Africa, her love of this country, her love of one man, joy, tragedy and loss had me weeping buckets! Recommended by Fiona Robertson

Thursday’s Children by Rumer Godden

One of the books that made me cry is “Thursday’s Children” by Rumer Godden. The story of a young boy who longs to study ballet, it is a moving portrait of a sensitive and artistic child, and his journey of self-discovery. Ridiculed for his desire to pursue such an "unmanly" occupation, he realizes that pursuing a dream - particularly one that sets you apart - comes at a high cost. Recommended by Talha Mufti

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Room by Emma Donoghue

Sometimes the reality of people’s lives is very different and very harrowing from our own. Not all those who live within four walls are safe, not all children in the world are born free. Room poses tough conversations, challenging questions. Is the world safe enough for a child, a mother, a woman? How can you read about a five year old, born in captivity and not have your heart broken over it? Recommended by Farina Alam

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The Kite Runner by Khalid Husseini

A tale of childhood friendship, courage, regret and redemption. A vivid description of the 70's Afghanistan, the whole background setup is emotionally crafting. It touches on loyalty, betrayal, trauma, guilt, and redemption in ways a writer would consider essential. I read it with my teenage twins and we cried together. It helped us self-recognise and find ourselves. Recommended by Nishat Riaz

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Is there a more beautiful and poignant story than the tale of this whimsical little prince, from a far away asteroid, who crash lands on Earth and makes you look at the world, and love, in a whole new way? An absolute tear jerker. Recommended by Maarya Rehman

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