This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish, is all about books that make you think!
Books make me think in different ways — they challenge my viewpoint, they ask different questions, they make me think about mankind and the world or they just have profound truths and thoughts that just beg me to ruminate on them a while. I LOVE thinking books. Don’t get me wrong — I love FUN books or KISSING books or complete FLUFF books but I’ve always just love books and movies that make me think a bit!
1. Looking For Alaska by John Green: John Green’s books always leave me thinking for long after I finish. This one had lots of thoughts about life, death and the labyrinth that is suffering. So thought provoking!
2. Paper Towns by John Green: Like I said above, John Green is one author who always makes me think. I felt like this one especially had me stopping every so often to take in the WORDS and the big pictures on the page. I think this book has some of my most favorite quotes. It’s a good one for me because it made me think about people and how I see them.
3. Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys: This book reduced me to tears. I think mostly because this had been glossed over in school for me. We all knew about Hitler’s Germany and what they did to the Jewish people but I just didn’t realize this ever happened. I thought a lot about those people. A lot. How brave they were and it made me sad that they had to face that. How moms had to watch their children starve and suffer. How families were separated. I couldn’t fathom it.
4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This book was another one that made me cry a lot. But it did make me think about what I would do if I lost everything in one swoop. I know the deep pain I felt when I lost my mother and how I wanted to give up so many times because it hurt so bad and because I couldn’t imagine life moving on without her. I kept wondering if there was a point in which I would give up if I lost the core people I loved. How would I move on? Would I be strong enough? You just never know when life is going to change in a moment. You have. And then you don’t. You are driving down the road on a normal day and then you aren’t.
5. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: This one, along with other dystopians, made me think how this isn’t too unthinkable. We have so many ways to alter our looks, change our bodies and prolong life. At what cost? You think about drugs from the 50’s they gave people and suddenly children were having birth defects and all sorts of things we find out are wrong. It just made me wonder how far we’ll go to “perfect” ourselves. For Darkness Shows The Stars also deals with similar themes.
6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Most books about suicide make me think tremendously. About the whys. About if anything could have changed their mind. I just wonder how you can get to that point where that seems like your only viable option. Especially so young when you have the whole world to live. I just always wonder these things. I’ve seen my lowest and lows (when my mom died) and have contemplated life and death but never in a way that made me want to. I know how much pain I felt then so it hurts me to know how much pain people who choose suicide must bear. I lost a friend to suicide and I just couldn’t comprehend. This book just made me think.
7. The Geography Of Bliss by Eric Weiner: Part travelogue and part study of happiness around the world, this book really made me think about happiness and what it is and what it looks like. Especially around the world. It’s interesting how it differs but is also the same around the world.
8. 1984 by George Orwell: How could this NOT make you think? I remember being stopped in my tracks by this book in high school. I think I’m due for a reread.
9. Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom: Learning some life lessons from a man who is dying is sure to make me think. I think I learned some of the greatest lessons about life during the years when my mom was sick and dying. I learned grace and how to let go of things and just all of the things and what’s important. I learned perspective. This book was that way for me too though not as profoundly as learning them from my mom. Just better articulated. So many amazing quotes in this one.
10. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller: The tagline for this is “Non-religous thoughts on Christian Spirituality”. If you are at all interested in religion or are a Christian, I highly recommend this one. Challenges a lot of the BS that you see within the church that confuses people about Christianity is supposed to be. It was not preachy and it asked a lot of questions.
What about you? Tell me a book that’s not on my list that made you think! I’m always in the mood for a thinking book! Have you read any of these?