So this is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday! And I am pretty excited about it. For some reason I love lists and I love books so bookish lists are fantastic! This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
This weeks Topic:
Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)
1) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
You would think this would have me considering abusive teenage relationships. And don`t get me wrong it did. But what it had me thinking about the most was how important the relationship is between a mother and her daughter. When Caitlin`s mother realizes what is happening with her daughter I am amazed at the fierceness of her response. It was incredibly thought provoking.
2) The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
This novel just had me thinking. I am not sure if I can fully explain what it had me thinking about. I just know that when I finished it I thought about it for days afterward. The struggles of a drug addict and the metaphorical aspect of detox that the author takes you through. It`s rather beautiful, and it really gets you thinking.
3) Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
This was an intense novel that I almost did not finish when I began reading it. It was almost to intense for me. Like any of Hopkins`novels this one touches on some pretty controversial topics. Teenage prostitution. I thought long and hard about those individuals who sexually exploit children. I thought about those who feel like they need to keep their sexuality a secret for various reasons and how painful that can often be. This book had me losing faith in humanity a little bit. But it was good and I am glad I read it.
4) Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
This is my favourite Jodi Picoult novel. This book had be considering what I believe to be true. It had me thinking about what I know and how there could be more to things than the obvious. This was an intense story and I really loved it. If there is one book in this whole list of books I am sharing with you that I want you to read it is this one!
5) Night by Elie Wiesel
This one is a memoir about a man and his experiences in a Nazi camp during World War II. This made me thinking about the presence of God during the Holocaust. Where was he? What was his purpose? Weisel poses these questions in his book and they are questions I asked myself once I completed the novel.
6) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
How could this novel not make anyone think. This had to have been the most controversial novel of 2011. This novel hurt my heart and I was angry when I read it. SO angry. Never has a novel inspired such rage with in me like this one did. But I think that it provokes some really interesting thoughts and conversations.
7) Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser
School bullying and how intense it can get for some kids. I was one to think that bullies aren't as mean and intensely life altering as they seem in the movies and I have often found that they way people approach bullying to be a little extreme. But after reading Pieces of Us which is essentially about all kinds of bullying it had reconsidering what bullying was all about.
So, I only have seven novels to share with you this week. But they have all impacted my life in one way or another. I hope you enjoyed.
~Happy Reading Everyone!