Top Ten Tuesday #12 – Tough Subjects

Posted 14 May, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 0 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten books dealing with a difficult subject

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we share the Top Ten books we have read that deal with a difficult subject. The subject can be suicide, abuse, drug-use or something that is difficult to us personally. Top Ten Tuesdays is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we share our excitement for books, and I really like how this meme makes me think about the books I read, why I read them, and who to recommend my favorite reads to. So, here we go :

As usual, my list is in no particular order :

The Truth About Lilly Barnes - (un)Conventional BookviewsThe Truth About Lilly Barnes by Kimberly Russell is a story about why Lilly wanted to take her own life, and the reasons behind her decision were very hard to read about!

The Fault in our Stars - (un)Conventional BookviewsMost people know what The Fault in our Stars is about, and I was really touched by John Green’s writing in this one! And I have to admit I was very surprised by the ending. It was hard to read about two young people fighting cancer, especially because I thought their story was so compelling.

Slammed - (un)Conventional BookviewsI love Slammed by Colleen Hoover, but it was very hard to read about a young man whose both parents had died in an accident, and how he was raising his younger brother. I think that ever since I became a mother, stories with either children or parents die touch me on a much deeper level than before – and I don’t mean that I wasn’t touched by this kind of stories before.

Hopeless - (un)Conventional BookviewsSince I just mentioned Colleen Hoover, here is another book by her – Hopeless. Beautifully written, but very hard when the past started unraveling!

Idas Dans - (un)Conventional BookviewsI’m not sure if Ida’s Dans has been translated yet, it’s by Norwegian author Gunnhild Corwin, and the last year and a half of her daughter Ida’s life. Ida got leucemia, and she fought a very hard battle and lost it. I cried so much when I read this!

Hvis Jeg Forsvinner, Ser du meg da? - (un)Conventional BookviewsAnother book by a Norwegian author: Hvis jeg forsvinner, ser du meg da? is written by Kristine Getz, and it shows her fight and her life with anorexia. I felt so bad for her when I read the book, and it also made me realize that being slim or looking like a model is far from the reason why some people develop this illness! Translated, the title means : if I disappear, will you see me? Pretty telling, no?

I can’t think of any other books with difficult themes that I have read lately – it’s pretty telling too, because I usually read to be in another world, and to be entertained. And books that touch that tender part of me, with fear or sadness, aren’t the ones I read most often.

What about you? What books with difficult themes to you have to recommend?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Happy reading!




Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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0 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #12 – Tough Subjects

    • Can you believe I forgot to mention ‘If I Stay’? I’ve seen that on some lists… Slammed and that whole series is awesome, I will buy any other book Colleen Hoover writes!

      Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca.

    • LOL Stormi, I realized that I do too, when I made my list! I couldn’t even get to ten books this week 😉

    • They are pretty sad – which is why I didn’t have enough to fill my list – I usually read more fluffy stuff 😉

      Thanks for stopping by Liesel.

  1. I agree. I haven’t read many books about tough subjects either, so my list was even shorter than yours, haha. I actually put TFiOS and Slammed on my list as well! 🙂

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    • Oh, how I cried when I read TFioS! And I ugly-cried when I read Hopeless!
      Thanks for stopping by Natalie 🙂

    • Slammed is truly beautiful! Colleen Hoover is on my ‘auto-buy’ list now – her prose is amazing!

      Thanks for stopping by Ula 🙂

    • Thanks Nikki, and yes, you really should get your hands on Colleen Hoover’s books. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

  2. These are great choices, Lexxie. There are a couple I haven’t read, of course, but those sound great as well. 😉 Have you read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher or If I Stay by Gayle Forman? They are wonderful reads as well. (both YA) Oh, and I’m a fan of Justine Chen Headley – I adore her North of Beautiful. I quote it to my daughters all the time! 🙂

    • I haven’t read 13 Reasons Why, adding it to my TBR right now 🙂 I have read If I Stay and Where She Went, though… but I forgot to add them to my list 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by, and recommending even more sad reads to me 😉

    • I know, right! Will is one of my favorite contemporary young MC’s 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Adriana 🙂

    • Oh, I completely agree, some of those books that are hard to read are still necessary to read, but I really need to feel strong when I start one of those…

    • TFioS is beautiful, but very, very sad. I know some people didn’t think so, though, but it totally broke my heart!

    • I hope you’ll love it too! I have also seen some people who thought it was ‘too much’ but it struck my heart strings like not many books do 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

    • I wish it would be translated too, but I don’t know how many books actually get to be translated from other languages to English.
      I agree, anything by Colleen Hoover.

      Thanks for stopping by Cayce, have a great week.

    • TFiOS hit me pretty hard, and Colleen Hoover’s books are both difficult and beautiful at the same time.

  3. Can you believe I still haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars? It’s one of those books I always carry around with me when I go book-shopping and then put it back on the shelf right before I check out – so annoying! Anyway, I’ve heard fantastic things about Colleen Hoover and I have Hopeless on my Kindle, so I’m really excited to read it soon 🙂

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    • Yes, I can actually believe that – I only read it it January, and there a lots of other books I just haven’t gotten around to yet. I think you need to be in a certain mood when you start a book there is a big chance you will cry while reading, you know?
      I can’t wait to see what you think of Hopeless!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Slammed has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it. Most of the others are on there as well. The only one I’ve read is TFiOS. 🙂

    Great list… thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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    • Slammed is awesome! I look forward to seeing what you think of it when you’ll get to it 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Brandy 🙂

    • I agree – it was awesome, and the hope, plus the fight to try to actually live while, you know, living was great.

      Thanks for stopping by Ems 🙂

    • Hopeless was actually harder to read than Slammed, but the prose is so wonderful it is still beautiful!

      And I agree, I need to be in the mood to read something I know will make me cry 🙂

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