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Top Ten Tuesday

September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The Top Ten topic this week is:  Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

Here is my attempt at a Top Ten.

1. The Fault in our Stars – John Green

An incredible story about teenagers who attend a cancer kids support group. A lovely story about life and living it.

2. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

This is the chaotic love story of Travis and Abby and how they meet and fall in love. I remember shaking my head as I read the last page of Beautiful Disaster. I flew through this book, the story was addictive. But I cannot understand how anyone can believe that these two will find a happy ending. Travis is bound to turn violent towards the heroine. He is unstable and Abby increases his instability. Travis isn’t romantic, he’s controlling. Head for the hills Abby.

3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sarra Manning

Neve the main character used to be grossly obese but has fought her way to a healthy weight. Loved how the book deals with Neve’s confidence issues. The character has stayed with me.

4. Breathe – Abbi Glines

Breathe is the story of a young girl who falls in love with a world famous pop star. I found the story troubling in that I wondered what message it sent to young girls about relationships. The male character has all the power in the relationship. He makes all the decisions and the heroine is simply carried along.

5. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

“Frankie looked into his face. He genuinely liked her, she knew. Maybe even loved her. He just loved her in a limited way.
Loved her best when she needed help.
Loved her best when he could set the boundaries and make the rules.
Loved her best when she was a smaller, younger person than he was, with no social power. When he could adore her for her youth and charm and protect her from the larger concerns of life.”

Frankie was adored by her boyfriend Matthew not for who she was but for who he wanted her to be. I love how Frankie breaks out and becomes her strong capable self. So amazing after reading about the many weak girls sadly prevalent in YA. Sorry Bella!

6. A Long, Long  Sleep– Anna Sheehan

Parental abuse wasn’t obvious in that there were no bruises or physical scars but every time Rose’s parents didn’t feeling like dealing with her, they put her to sleep in a stasis tube, often for years at a time. A terribly sad story really.

7. Tom Crean: Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions – Michael Smith

People are amazing 🙂

8. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Does the ends justify the means.

9. Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause

Learning to accept who you are.

10. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

I’ve pondered the ending of the Hunger Games many times. I know many people were unhappy with the way the book ended but I thought it was perfect. Katniss was traumatised by all she had endured. If the ending had been happy go lucky, it would have negated or belittled all the loss and death and suffering experienced by the characters.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2012 4:36 pm

    Great post, I think everyone has the Hunger Games on their list! I do.
    Check out my list here

    • September 11, 2012 8:50 pm

      Ya, I see The Hunger Games everywhere today.

  2. Ronnica permalink
    September 11, 2012 4:45 pm

    I saw Ender’s Game on another list and realized it could have been on mine, too.

  3. September 11, 2012 9:46 pm

    Totally agree about the ending to Hunger Games. It fit the story that things don’t end perfectly. We just need to keep going.

    I think this topic has generated the greatest diversity of responses (which is awesome because it’s given me a bunch of books to add to my list), but The Hunger Games seems to be the lone consesus

  4. September 11, 2012 10:05 pm

    My husband keeps telling me to read Ender’s Game – I need to do it!

    I loved Hunger Games and Blood and Chocolate. I agree with you about the end of Hunger Games as well.

    • September 12, 2012 12:04 am

      Definitely read Ender’s Game if you get the chance. It’s a great and surprising read.

  5. September 12, 2012 1:39 am

    I’m working myself up to read The Fault in Our Stars cause I know it’s gonna make me cry! Great list!

  6. September 12, 2012 2:30 am

    I thought The Fail in Our Stars was very thought-provoking as well, but I seem to be the only one uncomfortable with the implication that sex is one of the end goals of life. Or maybe the end goal of a relationship, at least. I guess I am saying that I think the story would have been equally beautiful if they had never slept together, but that does not seem to be the attitude the book has.

  7. September 12, 2012 2:53 am

    I was not a fan of Blood and Chocolate, but I might have gone in with too high expectations. I should have added The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. It slipped my mind.

    • September 12, 2012 9:52 am

      I’ve ruined many a book by going in with sky high expectations 🙂

  8. September 12, 2012 3:48 am

    Great list! I’ve read THE HUNGER GAMES (love it!) and want to read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I understand what you’re saying about the ending of THE HUNGER GAMES; as someone pointed out to me, in real life endings aren’t always happy, and Collins totally showed that. (But did she have to kill Finnick?)

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

    • September 12, 2012 9:50 am

      Oh yes, poor Finnick. I adored him and Annie.

    • rubybastille permalink
      September 12, 2012 6:45 pm

      For me it was the death of Prim, the girl who triggered the entire series, that frustrated me the most. I can deal with characters having PTSD, losing friends (either to death or changed personalities, ie Gale), but Prim’s death seemed to add nothing to the story. That and Katniss spending most of the story hiding in the closet…

      • September 12, 2012 9:11 pm

        Prim’s death was so shocking. I had to re-read that scene several times to believe it.

  9. rubybastille permalink
    September 12, 2012 6:46 pm

    I saw an excellent one-man show of the story of Tom Crean in Ireland! Amazing, inspiring story.

    • September 12, 2012 9:09 pm

      An incredible man. I can barely comprehend the bravery.

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