Top Ten Tuesday (3): Top Ten Books That Make You Think

September 11, 2012 Top Ten Tuesday 22

**Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish.**

This is a list of books that all gave me a certain perspective on life.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Truly one of my all-time favorites. The characters were inspiring and unforgettable and touched my heart in so many ways.

Room by Emma Donoghue
A story told from the perspective of an isolated 5 year old. It is heartbreaking, but little Jack and his mother’s fight to be free and survive was amazing.

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I just read this one very recently and I already can’t stop thinking about it. It is just one of those novels I won’t forget. (My Review)

If I Stay/ Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Though I loved the 2nd book more, both made me want to hug my family tight. The power of love and sacrifice is so strong in these two books.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A powerful book about a young girl who was raped and afraid to speak up. Laurie Halse Anderson is phenomenal with writing books like this, about important issues facing our teens today.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Another amazing read by this author. This one hit me on a personal level. Bullying is such a huge problem today, unfortunately. I wish more teens would read books like this.

The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
Love is treated as a disease. I can’t even imagine what that would be like but it definitely makes me think. . .

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I know this seems a little random, but it hit me on so many levels. It opened my eyes to the amount of animal abuse from the circus back then, as well as what is often still happening today. It is truly terrifying. How can anyone do that to a poor animal? πŸ™ But the story here was great. The ending, perfection.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This is more than a love story, but a story about a girl trying to reconcile her feelings with her father. Another personal one for me.

Sempre by J.M. Darhower
Not only did this one open my eyes to the issues of human trafficking, but so did the author. The amount of slavery still going on in this world is sickening. Reading about a girl finding her freedom was an amazing journey to take with a character.
(My Review)
*I am currently having a giveaway for an ebook copy of Sempre! You can enter HERE. πŸ™‚

All of these books left a little piece with me. They either inspired me, or opened my eyes to the problems of the world. I would love to hear of any books that were the same for you. Links if you got them!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

22 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (3): Top Ten Books That Make You Think”

  1. quinnsbooknook

    I loved Speak so much. It is an amazing book. It made it onto my list as well.

    And you are so right about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sigh (what a long title!!). A lot of the book deals with a girl trying to reconcile things with her father.

    I really want to read Jellicoe Road soon. I haven’t yet, but I hope to in the coming weeks. Same thing with The Fault in Our Starts.

    Great list. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  2. Amber

    I haven’t read The Delirium series but I have a feeling I’d feel the same way as you. The idea of love as a disease is really interesting but also makes for a harsh world. Your choice of an Anderson book reminded me about Wintergirls which should have gone on my list. Awesome picks this week!

  3. Hollie

    Delirium was the first book I thought of when I saw this week’s topic! It really is a horrible thought to imagine a world without love. I almost included Jellicoe Road on my list too, it is such an amazing book.

    My Top Ten

  4. nea barabea

    Sara!! Amazing list!! The Fault in our stars was absolutely amazing. I rarely cry in books but in this one I cried like a baby <3 Speak - I've seen only the movie and it touched me in a way I can't explain. I cried. Again. Jellicoe Road - well, we read it together in a certain way so πŸ˜› I know the feeling πŸ˜‰ And OMG TSPoLaFS was so so beautiful. I've read it in one night and after I finished I was in awe! This book was amazing. Beautiful, beautiful list Sara πŸ˜‰ <3

  5. Rachel

    So many great books on here, some that I’ve read (Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Speak) and some that I want to (Delirium, If I Stay). Wonderful list.

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  6. Nikki H

    Great list! I totally agree with TFiOS and Delirium! They definitely made me think about life in more than one way! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Kara_Malinczak

    I am ashamed to say that I have not read most of these, including Jellicoe Road which I intend to remedy soon. But almost all of them are on my list. But I did read Water For Elephants. It’s one of my favorite books!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT and I’m sorry it took me so long to come and reciprocate. I’ve been swamped!!

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