Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Me Think

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over 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!

Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
Top Ten Books That Make You Think:

1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – This book was tricky on a lot of different levels – including the narration. I found that I consistently had to be on my toes to uncover the little details that made this story rich, engaging and heartbreaking.

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – I still remember reading this in Honours English when I was younger and being blow away by the context of censorship. If you don’t have an opinion on the matter, this book will help you develop one. Trust me.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – What would you do if your world was so irrevocably broken that it had to resort to a death-match of children to keep and maintain order? This book, if you can look beyond the surface has SO much going on.

4. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle – Whether you’re religious or not, you’ve probably heard of the story of Noah’s Ark. Add in a twist about a single family member not allowed on the Ark, and you have quite the heartbreak to come to terms with. Think about it.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I swear this single author has the most innate ability to truly and honestly capture human emotion and put it into words on pages. This book will have you contemplating your very existence and life in general.

6. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar – Love isn’t always pretty, and it can be messy and painful. Life and love can break you down to a point where you isolate yourself from it all, but what would you do if you had the chance to let your guard down and live again?

7. Life As We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer – Truthfully, this is the only book I liked in the series, but it makes you think. The world could be on the brink of destruction at any time. How would you cope? How would you maintain a semblance of normalcy when everything turns to dust?

8. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin – Abuse in families runs rampant in literature, but this is one of the most truthful, heartwrenching accounts. A young boy is learning to cope with his mother’s instability, attempting to raise his sister and find someone to trust. Who would you trust?

9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – This one is a strange choice for me. Having suffered from ED, myself, this one is dangerous because it actually makes you think about this addicting and debilitating disease. There’s a cold comfort in it, but is it really worth dying for?

10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Tease me if you must, but tell me honestly…did you really NOT try to piece the outcome together only three books in? I was attempting to maze it out by the time I was merely halfway through the series, and it still blows me away.


  1. It's a real tragedy that I haven't read Fahrenheit 451.

  2. Without even looking at your list, I knew Raw Blue would be on there! It would be on mine, too. Anything by Laurie Halse Anderson as well.

  3. Hey girl!

    So ok I need to pull The Fault in our Stars book down from shelf and make myself read it. The only book I read by Green was Looking for Alaska and I didn't love it, but Ive seen so much mentioned about this book, I will give it a try. Great list!

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  4. I saw code name Verity on sale on Kindle ages ago, makes me wish I bought it now...
    Check out my list here

  5. I really need to add Fahrenheit 451 and some Green to my TBR

  6. Yes! Harry Potter needs to be on everyone's list. I wish I had had time to participate this week. :)

  7. Aww, The fault in our stars <3 <3 And the Hunger Games!! And I really need to read this Code Name Verity - everyone is talking about this book and they all said it's really good ;) Awesome list!! ;)

  8. The Fault In Our Stars makes you contemplate so many different things. It is a truly beautiful book!

    ~Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

  9. I definitely think The Hunger Games really makes you ask a lot of "what if" questions. I remember finishing it and just thinking about it for days afterward...

  10. There are some books on this list that I desperately need to read. Great list. And I love that you included Harry Potter. :D


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