I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
Didn't we already do sad books? I guess this is slightly different.
I could list almost every HP I've ever read, although sometimes those were tears of exasperation. I could list obvious tearjerky stuff like Ol' Yeller. I could list half the romance novels I've read in the last year. Maybe 3/4 even. I apologize if I sound irritable but today's challenge is just ... irritating.
I don't like being emotionally manipulated, so if I know a book is going to make me cry, I'm very careful about when and where I read it. I have two books on my kindle that I have purposefully not read, even though they come highly recommended and even though I have every intention of reading them, someday. In both cases, it's because numerous people have said these books are guaranteed to make one cry. Of course the first is ironically titled Cry No More - Linda Howard and the second is The Reluctant Dom (Siren Publishing Menage and More) - Tymber Dalton. I swear I'll get around to reading these, someday, but only when I deliberately want to make myself cry.
I have done that once before, with Second Chances - Lauren Dane. It's a very good book for that and one of the better examples of a heroine not putting up with a hero's manho ways.