Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week was a rewind in which we could pick a Top Ten topic from previous posts and I chose Top Ten Books Dealing with Tough Subjects.

So here are my Top Ten Books with Tough Subjects:

10. Shine by Lauren Myracle
I think I have talked about Shine by Lauren Myracle before on this blog but I am going to give my love for this book still. I think it is a hugely underrated book. Shine is a book about a hate crime that occurs to a boy who is openly gay living in a small town in the south. His friend sets on a journey to find the truth to what happened while her friend lays unconscious in the hospital.
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
I absolutely loved Looking for Alaska by John Green. I remember reading it when I was in grade twelve and I just loved reading it. I found the characters to be very deep and I found the information on religion to be very interesting without being preachy.
8. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Reading The Glass Castle was very hard because of the main character's living conditions. The story is a non-fiction memoir of a girl's life with parents who have a hard time taking care of themselves let alone their children.
7. Night by Eli Wiesel
I have always taken an interest in The Holocaust because I just could never believe something so horrible could happen (to then realize that there have been just as worse if not, even more worse genocides in this world). This book is a memoir written by a man who faced life in the concentration camps.
6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
While The Fault in Our Stars has many laugh out loud moments, the novel also has you weeping when you least expect it. Cancer seems to be that one thing that hits home too close to home and I am still so affected by this book.
5. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Who didn't love reading Anne Frank in school? I read both her diary and the play and I was just so touched at how thoughtful this young girl was and her absolute love for humanity. She is one of those people who made an impact on society without ever knowing it as she died way too young for her age.
4. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
I didn't think I could read a sadder life situation after reading both The Glass Castle and Night but then I read Angela's Ashes and the complete poverty that Frank had to live in was just astonishing and appalling.
3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
The most recent book I have read on this list and still affects me so much. I could not believe the complete lack of care for other humans that the Soviets faced when they took people from their homes and moved them to Siberia.
2. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
I adore the Harry Potter series and I think that the tough subjects that I read in those books growing up was what led me to being interested in the darker parts of history. Death had never occurred to me until I had read the Harry Potter series and it opened my eyes to the reality of death.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I think To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic book that high school students across North America have read. The novel showed me just how much racism can affect a community and how it just takes one person to stand up and show people how wrong it really is.

Have you read any of these books? Would you add any books to this list of tough subjects? Let me know your thoughts on the subject in the comments below!

Happy Reading,


  1. I've read all but two of your picks, and I totally agree. I read Shine over two years ago, but I still think about it frequently. It's such a powerful and important book, and it's one of my all-time favorites!

  2. Shine is probably one of my all time favourite books as well! Very important and I would even recommend it for teachers to read with their class.