Hosted by the girls @ The Broke and The Bookish, this weekly meme asks a different question every week. This week’s query:
Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something
personally hard for you)
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I JUST read and reviewed this last week. Dealing with physical limitations, personal growth, and suicide it was a tough one but a great one.
2. Before I Die by Jenny Downham – Another book I reviewed here. Def not recommended though unless you are prepared to cry.
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I loved this book so hard. It’s just beautiful.
4. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess – I have all of her other books as TBR now. Not something you can really read back to back.
5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – Daph reviewed this one. Such a great debut.
Daphne: I have to start by saying that I’m not much for “issue” books because I prefer happy books, preferably with kissing. I am especially reticent to read anything about abuse, especially sexual, because I just cannot deal. So…here’s what I could come up with.
6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – such a hard book to read. I had to stop reading because my husband was away for work at the time and it freaked me out, even though it wasn’t particularly graphic. So glad I completed it.
7. The Help by Katherine Stockett – I reviewed this and I just think it was such a superb book about racial relations in the south during an explosive time in America’s history.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Growing up as a child in the south where racial tension was obvious in my school and in every day life, this book had a big impact. It’s very important to me and I love it.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I liked the book, which dealt with a boy who has some unnamed personality issues, but it wasn’t until I saw the movie that I really felt the full impact of what an amazing story this is.
10. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Those these are mostly love stories, a big part of the story is living through and overcoming grief. Such beautifully written books.