Top Ten Books
That Make You Think
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I feel this is fairly obvious.
2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Honestly, it's been awhile since I read this book, but I remember reading it when I was in my early teens and getting that feeling that I was finally seeing something real about life. And just that one famous line "and in that moment, I swear we were infinite" always makes me think.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This will forever be my favourite book, because it spoke to me so much when I first read it...I was 7, I think! And every time I reread it now, I learn more. It's one of those books that makes me consider my family, my role in life, trajectory, the big picture. To this day I liken myself to Josephine March, and I'm happy with that thought.
4. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
It's hard to describe how and why this one made me think, but just know that I felt like my heart was on the page. Jandy Nelson's writing and poetry felt like a direct link from my head to my soul to the page, and it was terrifying and glorious all at once. If ever a book to make me consider love, in all its capacities and abilities, it is this one.
5. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
This book literally made me have a panic attack because so many of the feelings, thoughts and emotions were ones I recognized. Especially the parts about abandoning your art...there were so many lines that made me really think about my life and those integral years of growing up, and it was actually kind of tough to see it all there. Those are private fears and insecurities, and there they were, laid bare for anyone to read...
6. Personal Effects by EM Kokie & Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Kinda fitting that this makes the list on 9/11, but it's true - so many facets to military life, and these expose such raw parts of them. They're both entirely different even though they are in the same realm, and I can't recommend either enough. They're brilliant and important. (I also have If I Lie by Corrine Jackson queued up to read next week, and I highly suspect it will make this list, too...)
7. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
I know, an adult book! GASP! But really, this was a fascinating read. It focuses on the world when the earth's rotation slows down, and it actually kind of freaked me out because it all felt so entirely real. I still think that this could really happen, and it really makes me think about how we live our lives and just how much daylight, night time, and seasons dictate our lives.
8. Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
(read my interview with the author here!)
I'm currently in the middle of reading this, and while it's far from my favourite read, it is absolutely riveting to read about the Amish culture. Every page I feel like I learn something new about the Amish, and I am blown away at the radical differences. Plus, if you saw my status update on Goodreads...yeah, the Amish would definitely frown on me. I mean, the girls aren't supposed to make eye contact with men unless they're courting! I broke that when I was like...a day old, probably. And most certainly I break that nowadays!
9. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Not for some big life altering reason, but because I was thinking so hard while reading about who the killer was! My review will be going up later this week, but know that I was kept guessing to the very end - and I was still wrong.
10. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I talk about this series often, because it is my favourite EVER. Literally, ever. Even before The Hunger Games and Across the Universe. I read The Golden Compass when I was 8, and I remember reading it and being in absolute awe of the world I was suddenly thrown into - not only is it a brilliant novel with fantastic writing and an original story, but it was completely invigorating to me as a creative writer. This was probably the first novel I ever read that made the world feel limitless, like I could create anything and everything I ever dreamt about. It is a book that I will discover new facets to every time I pick it up. (Haven't read it yet? I demand you do! And my friend Andrea at The Overstuffed Bookcase and Jess from The Daily Bookmark are having a read along of it right now! It's not too late to join!)
What books make you think?
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