Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Make Me Think

Top 10 Tuesday
Top Ten Books That Make You Think
(About The World, People, Life, etc.)
(Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

As a rule, I try not to do a lot of deep thinking when I'm reading.  Reading is my escape, and while I appreciate the ability to experience without having to experience, I try not to get all deep and think about the lessons I'm supposed to be taking away.  It's just a personal preference.  Some people love that part of reading.  Me...not so much.  But sometimes I do.  Sometimes you can't help getting caught up and thinking about the deeper meanings of whatever.  So is my list of sometimes.

1) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I know, I know, I know.  You've seen this before on one...two...oh, who am I kidding, almost all of my lists.  But it's my favorite, and above all, the one book that made me think.  It made me consider prejudice and racism.  It forced me to wonder if I had the courage and integrity to remain steadfast in the great question of right versus wrong.

2) Unwind by Neal Shusterman
3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4) Rash by Pete Hautman
5) Feed by M.T. Anderson

Dystopias are kind of designed to make you think.  Make you question the world, the possibilities of the future, the nature of man.  Though dark and bleak, could our world really become the totalitarian, corrupted world of story?  How precious do we consider life?  Are we too tuned in to technology?  Will we go the other way and set so many rules that safety becomes oppressive?

6) Paper Towns by John Green
 All of John Green's books make me think.  He's truly a genius storyteller, but he uses words unlike any other teen author out there today.  He uses them almost like a weapon, he fights with them but they're never harsh.  They are filled with emotion, and they just seem genuine, even in moments when you know you've never heard teenagers talk just that way.  You want them to be true.  Paper Towns was kind of an eye opener.  This idea that we see people as we want to see them and not as they truly are, and how revealing that is about yourself.  But at its core, it's a book about a boy and a girl.  Love it.

7)  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
"There's no place like home."  I dream of adventure, of experiencing the world outside my front door.  Dorothy taught me that true courage isn't a lack of fear, but moving forward despite the fear.  And that home, love, friendship, can be there too.  Home is where your heart is, and wherever you go, you take your home with you.

8) Room by Emma Donoghue
Sometimes the world is just sad and scary.  There are people out there who want to hurt you, but the human spirit is resilient.

9) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Our actions, both direct and indirect, have an effect on the people we interact with on a daily basis.  What a really harsh way to learn that lesson?  A tale of the importance of keeping your eyes and ears open.

10) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
What's so great about being normal? 

So apparently reading makes me think more about myself than the world around me.  When i read, I'm throwing "A Me Party."  (Go Muppets!)

(Sidenote: by the end of this list I was totally stressed out.  Oh, the power of lists...)


  1. My list of books also made me think more about my self than the world - or more so what I want out of the world. I keep wanting to read Thirteen Reasons Why and based on how many people listed it, I might just have to finally pick it up. I read your about me section and it was eerily similar to mine - Indiana Jones is awesome :)

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