Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books Dealing with Tough Subjects

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Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personally hard for you)

Shannon's Picks:

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zuszak - I will never be the same again after reading this book.  I've read a fair share of Nazi occupation books, but none have broke my heart like this one.

The Book Thief

2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult -  Really ANY of Picoult's books would work since she is the Queen of Tough Subjects.  But this was my favorite one.  Oh, that ending. 

My Sister's Keeper 

3.  Any book written about a beloved animal (Old Yeller, Marley and Me, etc etc) - You know, KNOW, the animal will die at the end.  And it will break your heart and you will be an incontrollable sobbing mess...probably in a public place.  I stopped reading these type of books because I can't handle them.

Old Yeller Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog 

4. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - This book starts off innocently enough.  And that's what really gets to you as you start to realize what actually happened.

Walk Two Moons

5. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst - The desperation the husband felt after his wife dies is really affecting without being overwrought.

The Dogs of Babel

6. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman - There are no winners in this book and you realize it very early on.  You know it won't end well even as you hold your breath hoping it will.  

The Light Between Oceans

7. The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein - Told through the dog's perspective of his race car driving owner and his wife and child.  Of course the wife gets cancer and the husband ends up in a terrible custody parent with her parents.  SUCH a good book.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
8. If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman - In the first, Mia loses her whole family in a car accident and has to decide while she is a coma whether to stay or go.  In the second, Adam (Mia's boyfriend in the first book), struggles with his grief and to come to terms with the fact that Mia left him.  How do you pick up the pieces after something as devastating as losing almost everyone you loved?

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)  Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

9. Shine by Lauren Myracles - Not only does this book deal with a hate crime, but it does so in the backdrop of poverty and meth addiction.


10. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh -  There is a lot in this book that could be considered a tough subject, but the part that sticks out to me was Victoria's inability to bond with her baby.  Victoria is such a broken person and becomes so overwhelmed with her newborn that she almost abandons it.  Not a lot of books deal with that topic, even though it probably happens more than we wish.

The Language of Flowers 


Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky - I'm sure this will make it on to quite a few Top Ten lists today, so I made one of my bonus items.  But seriously...what DOESN'T this book deal with?  

The Perks of Being a Wallflower



  1. Great list, so many books still on my TBR pile.

    My TTT

  2. Great list, I love The Book Thief and Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  3. I've only read a couple of these and most of the rest are on my TBR pile. *Sigh* So many books, so little time!



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