A meme from the Broke and the Bookish.
Today’s topic: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you)
I’m going to put it out there that I am pretty good at avoiding books with serious topics so this is an odd list.
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Rape. Most people already know what this one covers. It is an obvious choice for the list.
2. Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey – Homosexuality. I will admit I don’t read many books with this topic but I like that this novel covers it as part of a story, not as an issue novel.
3. Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles – Death. I show grief more easily for fictional characters than for real people. After his mother died I told my father to read this.
4. Fire by Kristin Cashore – Family. This is an odd one for this list but I feel like Fire’s struggle with her identity versus her father and what she had to do is truly a tough subject.
5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – Immigration. The character struggles with making compromise between the two cultures and keeping his own identity.
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – So many things. Here we see war, we see family issues, rape, cultural issues. I read this as a senior year in high school and it changed my world view.
7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Murder. Some parts of this book are not in reality but the reality is a harsh one. The loss of a child and the breaking of a family are hard to watch.
8. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – Kidnapping. Certain portions of this book are physically painful to read. The rest balances it out but it is truly terrifying.
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Freedom. Things that portray a loss of our personal liberties can be scary. Also I love books. I believe no one should control others supposed needs.
10. Emergency Sex by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson – So many things. This is another one to change your world view as it follows UN peacekeeping missions.