Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

I realize that I tend to list the same few books over and over again, so I purposefully tried to include ones that I haven't talked about a lot - or at all. All of the books I chose below affected me strongly. 

Spoiler warning: Some of the subjects in these books are self explanatory, but some of the specific issues could be a spoiler if you haven't read the book yet. I made the title big and put the issues under that, and typed very small the issue, so it's easily skipped over. 

1) Sold by Patricia McCormick 

Child slavery/prostitution

2) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 

Suicide, child molestation

3) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes  

quadriplegia, physician assisted suicide

4) What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton 

Date rape, eating disorders

5)  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Child abuse 

6) You Against Me by Jenny Downham 

Rape, including a trial

7) North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen 

 MC has a large birthmark on her cheek: explores beauty and self worth.

8) Small Damages by Beth Kephart 

Teen pregnancy

9) Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 


10) Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

grief, multiple sclerosis 

Three Recent Reads:

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - early onset Alzheimer's 
Wild Awake by Hillary T. Smith - mental illness (hypomania, schizophrenia)
Vain by Fisher Amelie - Children/families affected by Joseph Kony's rule in Africa. 

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  1. I really want to read Hopeless and What Happens Next. Nice list.

  2. I loved Saving Francesca and Eleanor & Park, hope you did too, they did really great jobs of handling tough issues while keeping the characters relatable and having many funny moments. My TTT :)

  3. What Happens Next, You Against Me, Small Damages, Saving Francesca, and North of Beautiful are some of my favorites. I know the reason I stopped TTT was because it got repetitive with all the books I used, but you did a great job expanding with this list. I'll have to read a couple of these soon. (:

  4. I haven't read any of these, but I'm definitely going to be adding a few of these to my TBR.

  5. I've seen Sold about every time I walk into a book store, I keep seeing it as a sign to buy it but it never happens. Other than that one I haven't heard of any of them, I'll have to look into some of them. Great list.

  6. I haven't read any of these, but they all sound excellent. Thanks for the recs and Happy TTT!

  7. North of Beautiful and Saving Francesca made my list too. Great picks!

  8. This is such a great list, Lauren--I haven't read most of them, so it's good to see your opinion for potential adds to the TBR list.

    Funnily enough, I'm one of the few people who didn't like North of Beautiful, hah. But I'm seeing it on a ton of lists today.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  9. All this talk about Eleanor and Park, and I had no idea it was a tough subject book. For some reason that makes me want to read it more.

    Great list!

  10. Great list! I feel like I've read/want to read all of these. I really wanted to put Hopeless on my list, but I wasn't sure about spoilers, I should have just done it, it's pretty obvious it's a serious issue book.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. North of Beautiful is fantastic! I have the Justine Chen's newest one on my list TBR but have not gotten to it yet. Have you? Thank you for stopping by Love.Life.Read today. Happy Reading!

    My TTT

  12. I've read Hopeless, You Against Me, What Happens Next, and Saving Francesca, and loved all of them in spite of them dealing with tough issues. Great picks! I need to pick up North of Beautiful. I have a copy just need to make time to read it. :)

  13. This is a really great list. I have Saving Francesca on my pile for one day. You Against Me and North of Beautiful were both WONDERFUL reads. There's a few on here I really want to read still!

  14. I have Eleanor and Park on my TBR list. I will have to see if any of the others would be a good fit. I don't really do issue books, but there are some I'm cool with.

    My Top Ten

  15. So many of these are still waiting for me on my TBR! But I did LOVE Eleanor & Park! Me Before You is one I've been really wanting to read. :)

  16. I've only read 2, 4 & 5 on your list, but the others sound every bit as good. I only just read On the Jellicoe Road, and I am now a Marchetta fan. I'm just not sure which one to read next!

  17. I looked at your list on Tuesday, but realized I forgot to comment! So I'm just letting you know that I have What Happens Next in my library book pile and I'm dying to read Eleanor & Park as well as some of the others you listed :) Also, I'm insanely happy that you love There You'll Find Me as well since no one seems to have heard of it (in reference to the one on my list;)

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf


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