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Top Ten Books That Make You Think

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Top Ten Books that Make You Think

So, my rules for this post were no dystopian novels and no WWII-era novels. Why? Because I've read so many and they are so obvious. I tried to push myself to find something different this week.

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In PostSecret, people send in their secrets. It makes you think about how many people there are in the world. They all live differently, and everyone has some sort of pain. And everyone has a secret. It should make us think about how WE live each day and how we treat one another.

The Guardian made me think about the different types of families that are out there. Sometimes I take my wonderful family for granted. I was so worried about Hunter in this book! 

This world was so different than my own now. We live in an improved world, but it still needs to get better. Racism still exists, just in a different way. Thank God we don't have to worry about getting killed for telling someone's story (here) anymore. It makes me think about other places in the world where telling someone's story might still get you killed.

Bullying is a hot topic these days, but sometimes I wonder if all this talk is actually helping. This book shows how people are affected by bullying.
Reservations are a tricky subject, and let's face it, YA fiction is really, really, white. I tried writing a booklist for work about teens from other racial backgrounds and almost all of them were about issues - teen pregnancy, gangs, etc. It was so sad. I think this one is good - a teen starts going to a new school. It shows how his choice affects his relationships on the reservation and at the new school. 
 I never in my life thought about what a difference the bicycle made in the world, especially in the lives of women. This book was crazy interesting!

Cancer sucks. This incredibly moving book shows how the illness affects a little boy. I can't wait til there's a cure.
Bootleg showed how the Prohibition changed everything. 

Wonder - I'd heard amazing things about this book. It wasn't overrated. It shows true human nature and how some people can adapt and some people are just horrible through and through. It made me wonder what kind of person I would have been if I had been in this situation.

I've never experience a hurricane, and I probably never will. This was about Katrina. It tells one boy's story while showing what happened. Hopefully, we have learned from the situation.


  1. The Help is one of my favourite books too, but more than think, it made me question human beings and the power the ideas in our minds have in the real world. Scary!

  2. Ooooh! I should have added The Help to my list. I couldn't stop thinking about that books for days after I finished it! Great list!

  3. Sherman Alexie's book is amazing! It made it onto my list as well, and I've seen it floating around some other TTT lists.

    I haven't read Monster Calls or Wonder yet, but I plan to. Someone at work was telling me how fantastic Wonder is.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This is such a great list. I am gonna check out the ones I have not heard/read!

    Happy Reading!! Here is my Top Ten post!

  5. I love the PostSecret books, I loaned my two to a coworker friend and never got them back and then we both left the company. :( I was so sad.

  6. I haven't read any of your books (The Help's been sitting here collecting dust for a year now... yikes!). I think I now want to read every book on your list! I thought Post Secret was just a blog!! Everybody sees the ants looks awesome too!


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