Thanks to the The Broke and the Bookish for hosting. The question this week is:
The Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personally hard for you)
Hmm . . . this is a tough one because I read for pleasure, not to be beaten about the head by my literature. So the only titles that springs to mind are:
The Fault in Our Stars (Goodreads)
I know this is a brilliant book (I've read enough reviews to convince me of that), but I can't bring myself to read it. Having lost both parents to cancer, it's just too close to the bone for me. Maybe one day . . .
The Hunger Games (Goodreads)
I know I'm a wuss (freely admitted in previous posts!), but this book disturbed me for weeks after reading it. The callousness of the games really hit home because it is not a new concept - the Romans sent thousands of people of to die just like that. I can see the Hunger Games happening again under some evil regime.
I read this books when I was a trouble teen and I have never forgotten it. Go Ask Alice shaped my view on life, protecting me from the pitfalls of drug abuse. I remember it as a hauntingly sad book.
This book is ancient, so I make no apologies for the cover pic. It deals with the loss of a pet and made me cry rivers for days. I still get teary when I think about it. Art Garfunkle's song, Bright Eyes, was written about that poor otter. I've included a link to the music video. Have tissues when you watch it
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Goodreads)
I include this book of sorrow, betrayal, death and despair as a hold-all for all the books I've read on racism and injustice in any form. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is highlighted because it was particularly wrenching - it stands out above the others.
And that, folks, is all I can come up with. Pathetic, right? How about you? Did you do better? Please leave a link and I'll drop by.
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