Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is 
Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About the World, Life, People, etc): 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio & Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy
Made me think about how hard it would be to grow up with a face that wasn't normal. It can be especially hard as a kid, but I don't know that it's really any easier as an adult, or if you just get used to it. 

Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
Made me think about how horrible some governments can me. This was scary realistic. It also made me think about how everything comes down to publicity. If you put a positive spin on something, most people won't think it's wrong. 

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone - Kat Rosenfeld
This one just had me guessing and enthralled the whole way through. I loved the idea of someone telling the story of a murder girl, when they have no connection except for proximity to the victim. It was just fantastic. 

First Day on Earth - Cecil Castellucci
We all feel alien sometime. This novel proves it. You don't have to be an actual alien to feel like an outsider at some point and time.

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
This was a darkly moving read. It made me realizes what a dark place some people can go to when they are struggling with something difficult. Amazing though.

Going Underground - Susan Vaught
Made me buy a lot of non-fiction for my teen section about sexting and bullying. I don't think kids realizes that sexting is against the law and that there can be serious repercussions for things even if you didn't know any better. This novel also confirmed that some people are jerks.

It's Kind Of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
I read this in high school and it has just stayed with me. Craig opened my eyes to the spiral downwards into having a breakdown. People don't really talk about it too much, but when they do it's always the person's fault. This novel took something kind of taboo and shed light on it in a great way. It was just a very real read.

The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
This novel made me realize that not everyone grieves the same way and sometimes it's easier to grieve together. It also made me think about how close grief can bring two people together, while tearing apart others.

Madapple - Christina Meldrum
This was just a crazy story from start to finish. It really shows how much children can take in from their parents. Whether it's a purposeful manipulation or the parent actually believes what they are teaching their children, being cut of like that drops your chance of being different. It makes me wonder how many other people grow up in this weird way. 

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Yes and yes to Amelia and Anne and The Sky is Everywhere - both very moving books


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