Monday, May 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subjects



Links go to Goodreads. This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish, and this week, the topic is:

Top Ten Books Dealing with Tough Subjects 

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - This book deals with polygamy, which is definitely a tough thing to tackle in a story no matter how you look at it. In my opinion, it's wrong, so reading about it is pretty hard.

Something Like Normal

2. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller - This deals with post traumatic stress disorder after a soldier returns from war. Loved it.

If You Find Me

3. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch - Just recently read this one; it deals with child abandonment and two girls adapting to civilized life. (My Review)

The Fault in Our Stars

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - This book, of course, deals with cancer. If you haven't read it by now, I highly recommend it. (My Review)

Speechless

5. Speechless by Hannah Harrington - This story deals with bullying. It wasn't as amazing as I was hoping it would be, but I still ended up liking it.

Suicide Notes

6. Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford - Though this obviously deals with suicide, the narrator is actually quite funny.

Out of The Easy

7. Out Of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys - I could have put both of her books on this list, but I enjoyed this one more. It deals largely with prostitution. (My Review)

Living Dead Girl

8. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott - This deals with kidnapping and torture. Heartbreaking story, but really worth a read. (My Review)

Sempre (Forever, #1)
9. Sempre by J.M. Darhower - A beautiful story I would recommend to anyone. It deals with slavery and the mafia. (My Review)

Uses for Boys

10. Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt - This deals with a neglected girl who uses sex to distract herself from her bad situations. (My Review)

What's on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link back to your blog!




***Update***

Tuesday 
Pages Read: 385
Currently Reading: The 5th Wave
Grand Total: 0

Not doing as great at I hoped so far, but The 5th Wave is a decently thick book.




54 comments:

  1. Sometimes there are books that I've seen around a thousand times and never really knew what they were about - I had no idea Wither dealt with polygamy... Great list. Hope you have a great week :)

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    1. It's an awesome story if you can handle that kind of thing. Thanks! :)

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  2. Living Dead Girl definitely gave me chills. It's haunting and horrifying, yet captivating. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. You're very welcome! It gave me the creepy vibe as well, but overall I thought it was very well done.

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  3. I would definitely agree with Wither, it's the reason why I've been hesistant to read it. Thanks for sharing! :)
    My TTT!

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    1. If you can get past the difficult subject matter, it's actually very good.

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  4. Great list. The only one of these on my list is The Fault in Our Stars, so I may have to check some of the others out.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday.

    Sarah

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  5. I really must read The Fault in our Stars sometime. I hear they're going to be making a movie out of it too. But I feel that I need to be prepared for this book, emotionally and mentally. Hihi. Plus, I am really curious about number's 5 and 6. :)

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    1. I'm so excited for the movie! I hope it's just amazing as the book. Speechless & Suicide Notes are both interesting reads. :)

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  6. So looking forward to reading If You Find Me!

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    1. I loved it! The romance felt a little forced to me but other than that, it was amazing.

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  7. I really loved Something Like Normal and I'm glad to see it on your list! As for Wither, I personally had a much harder time with the fact that the marriages were forced than the fact that they were polygamous. But reading about a 14-year old encouraged/forced to bear children was probably the most difficult aspect of the book for me.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. P.S. judging my your book title, I think we have a similar book overload issue! Looking forward to checking out some of your reviews -- new follower :)

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    2. Thanks for the follow! Yes, the child having a child was probably even harder to deal with. You know there's a Team Linden? I know he's not a horrible guy, but come on. *sighs*

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  8. TFioS is on my list too, but I haven't heard of any of the other books on yours - I have to add them. I realized I read mostly fluffy stories when I had to make my list, as I couldn't even make it to ten!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post earlier.

    Happy reading. I've added you on Bloglovin'.

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    1. Ha, that's funny, because I had a really hard time with last week's list. The light and fluffy thing really isn't me, so I sat thinking for a long time. Thanks for the follow! :D

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    2. LOL! Last week, I could have gone on forever - it could have been top twenty, or fifty ;)

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  9. I picked up a copy of Out of the Easy about a month ago, but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for reminding me about this one -- I really do want to check it out! Something Like Normal sounds really interesting, must add it to my TBR list!

    Lisa

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    1. I can't recommend Something Like Normal enough! It truly was a good book, but then, so was Out Of the Easy. I hope you get to both! Ruta Sepetys has made a historical fiction lover out of me. ;)

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  10. Wow good list! Suicide Notes, If You Find Me, and Speechless are ones I've been wanting to read. Living Dead Girl was probably the hardest book I ever read. It was so disturbing and sad!! Very tough stuff! I like that Uses for Boys made your list :) I liked that one.

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks! Living Dead Girl was very difficult to get through for me, but I like it when the truth isn't sugar-coated in a book, you know?

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  11. I just added Living Dead Girl to my TBR. I didn't think I had Suicide Notes on it but I did! Great list of books. I love how eclectic it is!

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  12. Awesome list, there are so many I haven't read, so I am definitely adding them to my to read list

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    1. That's one of the awesome things about TTT; seeing new books on other people's lists, lol. ;)

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  13. Love your list. Living Dead Girl is so haunting, isn't it? Out of the Easy is a nice choice too. I'm interested in checking out Sempre and Uses for Boys sometime. Thanks for the recs!

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    1. Thank you! Uses For Boys was a 3/5 stars for me, so I liked it, but Sempre was a 5/5, so I'd recommend that one first. :)LDG weighed on my heart for a long time.

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  14. I haven't read any of the books on this list, but I want to read a lot of them. Most of them, really.

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    1. Well, I enjoyed them all so I hope you do to. :)

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  15. FINALLY, someone who agrees with me about OUT OF THE EASY!! I liked it SO much more than Sepetys' debut. It's warmer and fuller, even though it still deals with really tough subjects. I chose a polygamy book for my list, too, although it wasn't WITHER because I just didn't like that one much. TFIOS, though, is one of my all-time favorites. Great list!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I often see people raving about Between Shades of Gray, and I did like it, but I felt like OotE was a lot more personal, you know?

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  16. LOVE LOVE Sempre, Out of the Easy, The Fault in our Stars and Something Like Normal. I have the Chemical Garden series on my list to read and I hope to knock them all out in one chunk. But I'm VERY nervous about the polygamy theme! That definitely makes me uncomfortable.

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    1. It's a pretty uncomfortable book all around, to be perfectly honest, but the writing and the characters make it an interesting story. I'm glad you like my choices! Thanks for dropping by.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your list. Yay for Something Like Normal and If I Find You. I also loved Out of the Easy, I actually just got her first book from the library today. And I've had Speechless for a while and still haven't read it.

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    1. You're welcome! I enjoyed both Speechless & Between Shades of Gray.

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  18. The Fault in Our Stars in on my list also. This looks like a great list.

    My TTT: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/05/top-ten-hard-books.html

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  19. Have you read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys? It was even better than Out Of the Easy, IMO. It deals with genocide and SHOULD have made my list.

    Thanks for visiting!
    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

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    1. You're welcome! I actually have read Sepetys' debut novel, and I loved it, but I preferred Out of the Easy. It just felt realer to me, for some reason.

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  20. i came clooose to putting something like normal on my list. i didn't expect to like it so much!

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    1. Me neither! Contemporary is not my favorite genre by any means, but this author is definitely on my immediately-read-no-questions-asked list. :)

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  21. I see you have Speechless on your list too. ;D
    And Wither, I've never thought it as a tough subject book before, but you have definitely changed my mind.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

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    1. You're welcome! It's actually the first book that came to mind when I first saw this week's topic.

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  22. You have so many great books here that I need to read! Sempre and Uses for Boys in particular sound fascinating! Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed Sempre more, but Uses For Boys was good, too.

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  23. Oh, the only one I've read is The Fault in our Stars (such a great book)! There are a couple on here on my TBR list though (If You Find Me, Out of Easy). I didn't realize Wither was about polygamy. I mean, I don't know if I've ever even bothered to read the synopsis but I've seen everyone talk about it and had no idea it involved that. Huh! Maybe I should pay attention more... :P Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

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    1. You're welcome! It caught my eye because of that beautiful cover, lol.

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  24. I haven't read any of these, but Wither & polygamy aspect sound very interesting. Great list!
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

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    1. You're welcome! I highly recommend Wither if you like dystopia.

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  25. How I Love TFioS. I agree with your comment on my blog about Dark Triumph. By far one of my favorite reads of the year so far.

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    1. I was surprised to find that I loved it even more than Grave Mercy. :D

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  26. Well, I haven't read any of these, but most of them -I think all of them, really- are on my TBR list, so thanks for the little insight :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT
    Kar @ Pause Time

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