Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books That Deal With Tough Topics
On Sunday I did a post about why I read books dealing with loss/grief even though it may seem like I’m a glutton for punishment since it hits so close to home for me. I made a nice little graphic with those books on there and decided I didn’t want to overlap on this list. Grief/loss of a parent is a personal tough subject to me and I’d love for you to check out that post and those books as most of those could probably have been added to this list here!
Check out the extremely personal post I did about books dealing with loss/grief that totally would fit this topic but I tried not to overlap since the post was so recent!
1. Live Through This by Mindi Scott: This is without a doubt one of the hardest books I’ve read & it made me feel pretty uncomfortable — which I think is a good thing for a book to do. (My review of Live Through This).
2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: I read this so long ago, way before I even knew what YA was, and this had remained one of the most important and powerful books I’ve ever read. Seriously. I want all teens — boys and girls — to read this.
3. Cut by Patricia McCormick: I read this randomly back in the day and I remember thinking how honest and heartbreaking this book was. Tough to read but really good!
4. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuenhert: I didn’t know which keyword to give this one honestly because I don’t think “addiction” really encompasses all that it deals with. This one was so gritty and tough to read but I seriously thought it was amazing and haunting and brought ALL THE FEELS. This one also deals with cutting FYI and quite a few other issues. One of those “issuey” books that doesn’t feel like it is all HEY I AM TALKING ABOUT ISSUES. The story is just captivating. (My review of Ballads of Suburbia)
5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins: This one is told in verse and MAN is this hard to read. I think this one, compared to Ballads of Suburbia, definitely deals with the all consuming mind of addiction whereas Ballads is told a little more at a distance in a way making this one a little more intense for me. At least from what I remember because I read this so long ago.
6. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley: This one was hard to read! It doesn’t deal with just kidnapping but more so the aftermath of it. I didn’t want to give too much away because I went into it not knowing too much but it definitely deals with some psychological issues related to the kidnapping. Intense read! (My review of Pretty Girl-13)
7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: This is one of those I read before blogging and I just found it so tough to handle as the main character learns why this girl committed suicide as he has to listen to a recording that this girl has made for all the people she feels “contributed” to her decision. It was definitely a hard read and I found myself ANGRY at the girl and didn’t know how to handle THAT because shouldn’t I feel bad?? WHEW. Love a book that challenges.
8. By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters: This one definitely left me feeling unsettled from start to finish as you really got into the mind of a girl who really was determined to kill herself. (My review of By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead)
9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepytus: This is one of my favorite books ever. Even if you don’t like historical fiction I always recommend this one because WOW. It was so hard to read about what was happening under Stalin’s reign at the same time as the genocide happening in Germany under Hitler. I think it hit me harder because I honestly didn’t even KNOW about this. Just watching everything she has to go through broke my heart because I know it was real. (My review of Between Shades of Grey)
10. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: I won’t say this one was my favorite but I thought it was good and I devoured it very quickly because it was such a page turner! I haven’t read much dealing with an abuse in a relationship but I felt this was done well and did stick with me. (My review of Breaking Beautiful)
So tell me…have you read any of this? What are some “tougher issues/subjects” books you think I should read? I’m always on the prowl to read more because I like being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone and to be reminded of these issues others face.