The Best Heart Touching Books

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The best heart touching books

The best heart touching books

Heart Touching Books


I personally don’t like to cry while reading books. But I have read enough books that made me tear up, touched me in ways that I didn’t imagine was possible. I’m not a very emotional kind of person, but theses books below, have been stand out novels that should be on everyone’s reading list. I did ask TJ for her recommendations as well, since she is more in sync with her emotional side than I am.







The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson

Goodreads stats:  4.26  ·  5,851 Ratings  ·  1,012 Reviews ·  Review

This book was a true gem. I think it must have been my first book by this author. I had no idea what was coming, but OMG she slayed me! lI love kids in my love stories. The more the merrier. It adds another layer of complexity to the story and usually pulls out the tenderness in characters that didn’t know they had it in them. It also gives me the hope that a second chance of love after you’ve lost it once is possible. And it comes with lots of real, raw and authentic feels that will touch the reader in all the right places.


The Birthday List (Maysen Jar #1) by Devney Perry

Goodreads stats:  4.42  ·  3,029 Ratings  ·  650 Reviews  ·  Review

Woohoo!!! My most favorite book by DP. Another story of finding love after it was lost once. I loved the pace. The slow burn. The tenderness between the characters. It felt so very true and real to me. It’s a heart-achingly beautiful story that should be on anyone’s reading list.


The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

Goodreads stats:  4.16  ·  8,326 Ratings  ·  1,069 Reviews  ·  Review

OMG!!!! This book/duet was for both of us an unforgettable read. We thought the plot was brilliantly executed and put us both through an amazing rollercoaster ride of emotions and gave us all the FEELS. I feel like this is Aly Martinez’s best work to date.


How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Goodreads stats:  4.11  ·  12,988 Ratings  ·  2,665 Reviews  ·  Review

How to Walk Away was a true surprise for me. It was my first book by her, but the beginning already had me hooked. I have never read a book where I felt I was close to experiencing what the heroine went through like in this book. The author didn’t pull any punches, and the FEELS were unreal. RAW. And heart-wrecking. But it also delivers a fitting and realistic HEA.





The Hard Truth About Sunshine by S. Bennett

Goodreads stats:  4.45  ·  1,686 Ratings  ·  477 Reviews  ·  Review

This book was so very different compared to Sawyer Bennett’s regular novels. It was deeply touching by covering topics that broke my heart. It also came with a warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse. But it was also beautiful and hopeful. And it’s one of those novels that makes you think.


Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Goodreads stats:  4.35 ·  48,477 Ratings · 7,013 Reviews  ·  Review

This is by far my most favorite novel by Amy Harmon. Again it’s a novel that doesn’t pull any punches. It hits you where it counts and makes you feel every emotion from beginning to end. If you love YA this is a MUST READ for you. If you love a beautiful and heartwarming story – please read it you won’t be disappointed.


More Than Forever (More Than #4) by Jay McLean

Goodreads stats:  4.48 ·  14,292 Ratings  · 1,345 Reviews

Honestly, any book by Jay McLean is a touching read. Every single one is filled with RAW emotions that pulled on my heartstrings. She makes her characters go the gauntlet from happy to heartbroken, from hopefully to desolate and takes the reader with her, if they are ready or not. More Than Forever was my first book by her, but over the years I’ve read them all. Here is the review for her latest book Logan – it gutted me!!!


It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads stats:  4.41  ·  133,041 Ratings  ·  19,867 Reviews  ·  Review

OMG – I will never forget this book. The author took me on a ride that made me doubt myself. Made me question myself. And almost made me throw my kindle at the wall. The reason why I have this book on this list is because of all the emotions the author made me go through. I was tearing up. At the end I was angry, hopeful, impressed, and astonished by the authors brilliance. A MUST READ – but it also should come with a warning.



Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

Goodreads stats: 4.26 ·  870,154 Ratings  ·  76,002 Reviews ·  Review

This book made me cry ugly tears. I knew going in what it was about and how it would end. But I still was sucked in, hoping above else that I was wrong about the outcome. I shed bitter tears, but I also understood why. Me Before You must be the ultimate ugly cry book of all ugly cry books. I won’t recommend the book, because of the topic and outcome, but it deserves a spot on this list, because it made me FEEL more than I was ready for.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Goodreads stats:  4.35 ·  371,713 Ratings  ·  47,817 Reviews ·  Review

A Man Called OVE was one of my best books of 2016. I loved it. It made me smile, and laugh. But it also tugged on my heart strings and made me sad and happy at the same time.  I like jerks and cantankerous and grumpy characters, they add spice to a story. Ove was all of that and so much more. This story was uplifting, charming in its own way, and very much Eruopean. And I loved it all! If you’ve ever heard of Eleanor Oliphant, and considered reading her, or already have read her. OVE is so much BETTER!!! Not as dark, funnier, and features a cast that charms the reader from the very first page, including cat!

Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio

Goodreads stats:  4.45 ·  539,238 Ratings  ·  57,147 Reviews

THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK! Wonder is not just for children or teenagers. It’s for adults too. The way we treat each other. The way we act when uncomfortable. We need to be kinder. Wonder will touch your heart in a way you won’t believe until you read it. And it’s an easy and quick read, so there is really no reason not to pick it up.

Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith

Goodreads stats:  4.29 ·  1,469 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews

This author is not for everyone. Her books are not for everyone. But her writing is brilliant. Her mind is as unique as her stories. This is not a romance. It’s dark. It’s part horror, science fiction with a touch of romance. But the message is so powerful. I was crying so bad at the end. These gushing sobs that couldn’t be stopped. As if I opened a valve and didn’t know how to close it again. It might have also been a catalyst for all of my feelings that I suppressed since my grandmother died a couple month prior of reading this book. But what’s certain is that I’ll never forget this book and how it made me feel!






The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Goodreads stats:  4.55 ·  3,849 Ratings  ·  869 Reviews ·  Review

This was my latest tear-jerker. I must admit I didn’t expect anything from this book. It was my first KA Tucker and I went into this book with no expectation at all. Beautifully written. Exceptional characters. And a plot and romance that slowly but without a doubt made me fall in love with this book. I made it through almost the entire book without tearing up until that one scene. I was a goner at that point.







The best heart touching books

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5 thoughts on “The Best Heart Touching Books

    1. Thank you so much 😊 I’m glad we have some that we both enjoyed. Do you have any that I missed and haven’t read yet? What are your Must Read Heart Touching Books?

      1. Hmm… The ones off the top of my head are Bright Side by Kim Holden, When It Rains by Lisa De Jong, A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole, Full Tilt by Emma Scott…I’m trying to think of more but am blanking.

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