Top Ten Tuesday (20)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!





This weeks Top Ten topic is …

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

I had more books that could have gone on this list than I thought I did. The ten listed below are in no particular order.

Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson (MG) [Goodreads]

I think it’s a really beautifully told story about grief, and what it can mean.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (MG) [Goodreads]

I first read this book when I was about fourteen for my English class. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking story.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks [Goodreads]

Everytime I read this book I cry. I think because a certain topic hits a little too close to home. I saw the film before I read the book, and whilst I love the film I prefer the story as told in the book.

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen (NA) [Goodreads]

Although this book’s tough subject isn’t dealt with per se, it does form the impetus behind the plot so I think it counts. I think it also shows how our coping strategies can effect others.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewel (MG) [Goodreads]

This was one of my favourite books when I was younger, and it was so sad. Beauty seemed so real, and some of the stuff that happens to him is awful!

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult [Goodreads]

Every time I read it, this story breaks my heart a little. The choices some of the characters face in this book are really difficult ones. And I think Anna is definitley the bravest character in this book.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (YA) [Goodreads]

The tough subject doesn’t take centre stage in this book, but it does play a huge part in terms of the plot of this book. I think McGarry does a brilliant job showing how people can react to certain events and how this can effect them.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington (YA) [Goodreads]

Harrington does a good job in this book in showing how we see someone might not necessarily be how they are. She also shows how June’s suicide has a HUGE effect on her friends and family.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (YA) [Goodreads]

How could I do this list and not include this?!

A beautiful tale about life and loss. For me, Green manages to hit just the right note.

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (YA) [Goodreads]

Doller does a brilliant job showing a modern soldier trying to fit back into his life pre-war. Normally when wars are covered we just see the war, not the aftermath so I thought Doller was quite brave choosing to set the story in the US. I think she did a good job at showing how Travis struggled to fit back into the civillian world.

What are your top ten books dealing with tough subjects? Let me know in the comments below, or link back to your Top Ten post so I can see what makes your list.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (20)

  1. I have read several of the books on your list. Pushing The Limits is on my list this week. I also loved Saving June and The Last Song. Great list!


  2. Katie McGarry’s books mad emy list too! I haven’t read any of your other picks. I probably read Roll of Thunder ages and ages ago. Something Like Normal is on my TBR list.


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