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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

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! 


  1. I have only read one book of your list- Dreamland - and it got me thinking a lot too. :) I'll try to check out the other picks :D

  2. Hi! Great list! We both have Forbidden and I totally agree with you on that one. I've read The Gargoyle and it just didn't fit me well. I dunno, I just couldn't feel it. Others I have yet to read, but I've heard of them!

    Thank you for stopping by! :)

  3. Hey Sarah! Your first TTT was really interesting. I sometimes do the same on my blog. It's always nice to compare our different choices.
    Can't wait to read your next Top Ten Tuesday and your other articles! :)

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Interesting list! Change of Heart definitely made me think, but it really isn't my favorite Jodi Picoult book. Not even close. :P But yeah, it's very thought-provoking.

  5. I like your list and I agree that Tricks is a book that really makes you think.

  6. I haven't read any of these!!! I do have Forbidden in my TBR pile though and I've seen it on more than one list today. Thanks for the recs and stopping by! ~Maggie

  7. I haven't heard of most of those. I will definitely check them out. And now I'm smacking myself for not putting Night on my own list. Such a powerful novel/memoir.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    And in response to your comment about 1984, I read it in middle or high school and I just didn't like it at all and found it really difficult to get through. Years later, however, I devoured it and it has become one of my all time favorites. It is definitely worth another try!

  8. Night was super close to making my list. It got bumped out by just a few but that one really affected me a lot. I've seen Forbidden on several people's lists too. Great choices!

  9. I haven't read any of these except Night but they all sound thought provoking. I will definitely be adding some of them to my TBR list.

  10. Great first list!! Dreamland was great! I really need to read pieces of us soon it looks good!

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT! I love the tree in your header, it's beautiful!

  11. Nice list. I haven't read any of these books, but my friend has begged me to read Forbidden. And Dreamland is a book I plan to eventually read. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great list - I had forgotten about The Gargoyle and Night. You have some excellent suggestions for my TBR list - thanks for posting!

  13. What a great list - I had forgotten about The Gargoyle and Night. You have some excellent suggestions for my TBR list - thanks for posting!

  14. I have Pieces of Us on my shelf. Maybe I ought to get to that. I really didn't know what it was about when I got it in the mail! Night TOTALLY made me think. I was a moron and I read it on a plane ride and I was trying so hard not to sob.

    I've read Crank by Ellen Hopkins and I think I now need to read Tricks based on your description!

    Fabulous list!

  15. Oh, excellent recommendations. I'm STILL wimping out over reading Forbidden. Especially when I recall how you felt about it. But I would really like to go outside my comfort zone more. And this seems like the perfect list to work off of to do so.

  16. I have two unread books by Sarah Dessen sitting on my shelf, yet I feel the need to buy Dreamland right now. Love books that make you think. And Forbidden is definitely among my Top 10, too!


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