Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.

Todays Topic is: Top 10 Books about tough subjects

Sharp ObjectsThe Bell JarThe Cranes Dance 
The House on Mango StreetThe Descendants

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This book is completely unrelenting. Rape, alcoholism, drug use, cutting, and murder...
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I was blown away the first time I read this beautiful novel of a woman's descent into insanity.
The Cranes Dance  by Meg Howrey
The mental breakdown of a ballerina whose sister recently suffered a mental breakdown. This book is told by a deliciously unreliable narrator.
The House on Mango Street   by Sandra Cisneros
The stories that it tells are ones of child and spousal abuse, social rights, gender and race issues, independence, self-discovery, family, and cultural identity.
The Descendants    by Kaui Hart Hemmings
This lovely little book (and the movie based on it) follows a man whose wife is in a coma...and he's just found out she was cheating on him.

Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Me and Earl and the Dying GirlHow to Talk to a Widower
WingerThe Virgin Suicides

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
About a girl coming to grips with her addictions.
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This is one of the most original and funniest books about cancer (I'm aware of how that sounds) you'll ever read.
How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
This story follows a man in his late 20s getting over the death of his wife while dealing with his teenage stepson.
Winger by Andrew Smith
One of my favorite books of the year so far (my review went up yesterday). This book is funny and real and heartbreaking. Please look past the ugly cover, it's awesome.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides
Five beautiful sisters commit suicide leaving the boys of their community baffled.

So what about you? What are your top books dealing with tough issues? Link me up.

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  1. Hey! Nice blog :) Just followed you GFC! Follow back? Here's my link:

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  2. What a great list! Winger is one I was interested in as soon as I read the description, and your review was the clincher. On to the reading pile it goes!

    It looks like I need to check out Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and How To Talk To A Widower as well.

    Erin @ YA Book Crush

  3. Great list! I'll have to check out The Cranes Dance...I love ballet books and this one sounds intriguing. I've heard a lot about Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl. I should really make a point to read it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have CRANES DANCE in my TBR but haven't heard ANYTHING about it so far. I do love a good unreliable narrator :)

  5. I haven't read any of these books, but some will make it to my TBR for sure.

    Here's my TTT post.

    Happy reading :)

  6. I haven't read any of these, but I was wondering about SHARP OBJECTS, since I enjoyed Flynn's GONE GIRL. Knowing it's about all that stuff, though, hmmm ... I think I'll leave it alone. Thanks for the head's up!

  7. The Bell Jar is one of my favorite books ever, so I wish my brain hadn't been so "YA! YA! YA!" because otherwise it would've been on my list. And I just watched The Descendants and love it, so now I need to read the book!

  8. So...I don't know any of these books...I have heard of Me and Earl(..) before, though. It sounds interesting :)

  9. The Cranes Dance is on my wishlist, it sounds like the kind of book I love. Rachel's Holiday is a firm favourite, I love all the Walsh sisters but Rachel holds a special place in my heart. Loved Gone Girl but haven't read Sharp Objects yet, glad to hear its another winner :-)

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

  10. I haven't read ANY of these books, but I'll be adding a few of them to my TBR because they sound really good!
    Great list :)

  11. I can't believe I forgot The Bell Jar from my list. That should definitely be on there.


  12. I haven't read any of these books, but I just add some to my TBR list.
    thanks for sharing.
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

  13. I totally forgot some of these like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The House on Mango Street! So good and appropriate for the topic today! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  14. I have never read The Bell Jar. I feel like I'm committing some sort of reader sin by admitting that lol Gonna have to do that one of these days. And I saw your review of Winger the other day and unlike you the cover interested me right away (haha I'm weird) So that's definitely going on my list as well. Lots of good stuff here :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT

    Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

  15. Surprisingly, I haven't read ANY of the books on your list, maybe because they aren't YA (or don't seem like it). But The Cranes Dance and Winger sound pretty good. Cool list!

  16. The Virgin Suicides was amazing (both the book and the film.) Winger is getting great buzz, and I've already requested it from my library.

    Thanks for visiting!
    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

  17. Great list! I have not read any of them but recognize many of the titles. Thanks for stopping by Love.Life.Read today. Happy Reading!

    My TTT

  18. Ahh I haven't read any of these! But now I especially want to read Winger.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  19. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier! I don't think I've read any of the ones on your list. Need to rectify that.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  20. Great picks! I've heard of many of these, but some I haven't so thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

  21. I really want to read Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and The Virgin Suicides even if this list is the first time I've ever heard of them. They sound real interesting. :)

  22. The Cranes Dance is a terrific book! I read it earlier in the year and was really impressed. Good choice! I thought The Descendants was very good and moving as well. Nice list!


  23. Interesting list, I haven't heard about most of them but they sound like very tough books. Great picks!
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

  24. I haven't read any of these. I don't really do a lot of issue books, but I'm trying to branch out. I may look some of these up!


  25. I put The Virgin Suicides on my list too! I think I need to read Sharp Objects soon!
    My TTT

  26. I really need to read The Bell Jar, I keep on seeing comments/blog posts in the blogosphere that praise it. I haven't heard of quite a few of these but I'm definitely checking them out!

  27. Very nice list Natalie! I honestly haven't read any of them, but I was always interested in watching The Descendants. Perhaps I'll read the book first instead!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros


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