Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

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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.

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