Jul 26, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Tackling Tough Topics

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly top tens. This week's list is - Top Ten Books Tackling "Tough" Issues. I thought this list was going to be filled to the gills with Jodi Picoult because she is ALWAYS dealing with rough topics in her novels. Maybe that's why I love them so much. But this list made me realize how many books I've read with deeply broken characters, hardcore issues, and sensitive topics. I also see that they've been about a myriad topics! I love each of these novels. And of course I couldn't stop at 10 ;o)

  1. Jodi Picoult - Sing You Home (Same-sex marriage)
  2. Jay Asher - 13 Reasons Why (Suicide)
  3. Kathryn Stockett - The Help (Segregation in the '60s)
  4. Tabitha Suzuma - Forbidden (Incest)
  5. Mindi Scott - Freefall (Alcoholism)
  6. Ellen Hopkins - Crank (Drug abuse)
  7. Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes (High school shooting)
  8. Laura Wiess - How It Ends (Loss)
  9. Lolly Winston - Good Grief (Death of a spouse)
  10. Jacquelyn Mitchard - The Deep End of the Ocean (Kidnap)
  11. Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Poverty)
  12. Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak (Rape)

Unfortunately this almost looks like a carbon copy of last week's top ten! Either way, I hope you enjoyed my list! Have different books to share about this topic? Comment with a link and I'll go check your list out ;o) Happy Tuesday!!


  1. Wow, some of those books I've heard of. I defintely read Sherman Alexie's book since it's uber popular, but Speak has defintely caused some problems. Some teachers have banned the book. Idk why since it's a subject that needs to be discussed in schools.

    but yeah, great list. I may have to check some of them out. Hmm.

  2. 13 Reasons Why, Forbidden, and Speak are all good books to read! I have Freefall on my TBR, but hadn't read it yet! Great list!

  3. OK ... I need to read 13 Reasons Why. I picked My Sister's Keeper but Sing You Home is a great choice too.

  4. Great list! I haven't heard of The Deep End of the Ocean before so I'll check it out on Goodreads.

    Here's my list: http://bit.ly/qJiozA

  5. Speak made my list as it's the only one I've read of this group. I do have many of the others on my TBR list, though. Great choices!

  6. I didn't even think about The Help, but that is a good selection!

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  7. I enjoyed Lolly Winston's other book so have put this one on TBR list for this year.

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  8. I've seen 13 Reasons Why on several lists, so I put it on my TBR list.

  9. Definitely read 13RW if you haven't yet! It's a good one. They all are. And Marce - I liked Good Grief way more than Happiness Sold Separately. :o)

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  10. Yours is the best I've seen so far! Great list & alliteration!

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  11. Awwww thank you so much!! And I appreciate the mention of my alliteration ;o)

  12. Oooo good thinking with The Help!

  13. This is a very good list. I'd have been tempted to swap We Need to Talk About Kevin for Nineteen Minutes but only because I haven't read the latter yet.

  14. Freefall made our list too. It's nice to see others include it. I think it's such a relevant book.

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  15. I've read a few of these but may have to read more. Great list.

  16. You listed some very tough reads. A few of those are on my tbr list...

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