Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dark and Painful: Best Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Here's my list of top ten books dealing with tough subjects:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Color Purple
Where the Red Fern Grows
Of Mice and Men
The Fault is in Our Stars
Revolutionary Road
The Year of Magical Thinking
Flowers for Algernon

I won't say more, to avoid spoilers.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Nice list!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  2. Oh my God, I totally forgot about Flowers for Algernon. It was incredible. And I seriously need to read The Fault in Our Stars- I love John Green and the raving is unbelievable. What am I waiting for??

  3. Hrmmm regarding what you said on my blog about picking any YA book and it dealing with a tough subject, I think that's partially true - it's really about execution.

    It's also about how much emphasis they put on an issue, some more than others. Some elicit more emotions than others and that's how I picked my "tough subject" books.

    TFiOS definitely!

  4. Great Picks! I've heard of many of these, but have yet to read them yet.

    New follower via GFC
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  5. People tell me that teens want to read dark, painful books. Is that true? Do all teens want Dark & Painful? Seems like it might be nice to read a little Light & Funny now and then!

  6. Great list, I still want to read We Need to Talk About Kevin.

  7. If I had known how painful We Need to Talk was, I never would have read it!

  8. There's definitely some on this list I still need to read. I loved The Fault in our Stars though, great pick!

  9. I posted on facebook my own addition to this list!

  10. U kno I never thought about where the red fern grows, great choice! Thanks for stopping by my T10T
    Following you back :)
    Danielle @ Coffee and Characters

  11. I have We Need to Talk About Kevin waiting for me at home. Just looking for a good time to read it. Great list! Thanks!

  12. Great list (not least because I've read most of them)! ;-)

  13. I've had We Need to Talk About Kevin on my shelf for YEARS and never seem to make time for it, even though I'm super keen to read it! It's come up in my book club for later this year though so that'll give me reason to finally dust it off. :)

    Oh, ditto that for Maus, I got that while doing my teaching degree but never got around to reading it.

  14. I've been meaning to read a few of these. Great list!

  15. I included Marley and Me, but I almost chose Where the Red Fern Grows. Losing a pet is heartbreaking!

  16. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close along with Of Mice and Men would be on my list too. I haven't read the others (yet).

  17. wow Great list! I have read quite a few of these. I agree with your assessment. cheers.

  18. Hi , nice list. New follower via gfc

  19. I need to read We Need To Talk About Kevin. I have been meaning to read it forever and always hear such great things about it.

  20. I liked most of the ones of these I've read -- with the exception of Of Mice and Men. I WANTED TO THROW IT UNDER A GARBAGE TRUCK. It's true! See all the caps?

    I definitely need to get to reading John Green.

  21. I forgot about The Color Purple. Wonderful book.

  22. We Need To Talk About Kevin is a book I read many moons ago now but would recommend to anyone. An interesting topic this week I think.. I like a number of the books you chose this week.

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