This week our topic from The Broke and The Bookish is perfect for me. Top Ten Books With Tough Subjects. I could’t pick just 10 however so I’ve picked 11 topics and shared some worthwhile reads about them as books about tough subjects are ones that I tend to go for. It’s not so much that I like them, in some cases the topic isn’t something you can enjoy reading about, it’s more that I find them interesting. That might sound odd and maybe even horrible to some people but for me I guess it’s partly about knowing that things could always be worse but more allowing myself not to be desensitized by issue that are always in the news and really understand the pain that people are feeling right now and hoping they can get help.
Red Teas by Joanna Kenrick
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Flowers in the Attic by Virgina Andrews
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
If I stay by Gayle Formam
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The puzzle Master be Heather Spiva
Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Junk by Melvin Burgees
Malka by Mirjam Pressler
Before We Say Goodbye by Gabrielle Ambrossio
Between Shade of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hannah Jansen
This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up/Buy A Book. I thought this was a really interesting topic and made me think about the books I like. It is much easier to think about the things that make me not read a book rather than what I like, however I do now have a list.
World War 2
Girl Spies/ Criminals
Action/ Mystery – something with a blurb that talks about suspense or being an action thriller
Entangles is set in a totally white room with a pill of paper and pens set out for Grace to write. She doesn’t remember why she is there but the mysterious Ethan is keeping her fed and encouraging her to write about the events of the past few months leading to where she is now. As she writes we learn about her life. She writes about her best friend Sal and how their friendship is tested after one Easter holiday. We learn about her rocky relationship with her mother after her beloved father’s death and she talks about fallen in love for the first time. Things are tough for Grace though and her way of dealing with the many issues that are being thrown at her isn’t healthy. It is as she pushes herself to write about her past that we learn about how what all seemed good fell apart for her and she finally remembers exactly what happened to her and where she really is.
When I first started reading this book I was interested by how it was written. Grace talks about her situation in the white room with Ethan, who she seems to remember and be close to but can’t quite understand, and about her past. Ethan encourages her to remember and although it is hard she pushes herself to allow us and her to understand what has happened. It is a story about dealing with the hardships of life. She is struggling with her fathers death and her insecure relationships, all these things lead her into a depression she can’t deal with.
This book deals with very intense issues and shouldn’t be read by younger readers but I think it is well written and a very interesting approach to complicated issues.