Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I'm splitting this list into two different categories, because there's a different way I take each book. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. XVI by Julia Karr
3. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
6. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
7. Far From The War by Jeffery David Payne

This list is obviously the sci-fi section. Why I wanted to separated from the three books below is because the seven books up there make me think about humanity as a whole. Where exactly do we stand in this large world? How will we change it? Will it be better or will any one of these futures be true? Can you trust your government to do what's right for you? I think that people as a whole take for granted what we have to do and don't usually see the other side of things. What happens when your government takes full control but goes beyond what it originally started with? What happens when simple rights are taken away? And, of course, how does something like war effect it? Whether its a physical war, like in Ender's Game or Far From The War or a war against a group, like XVI, which sets a tone for a war against women?

Obviously, this is what I think about when I read these books. Others have a different take, but this is what I think and what I see when I read the words.

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Enemy in Blue by Derek Blass
10. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Now, these books talk about not just humanity as a whole but the people closets to you. What happens when a father who is to protect his daughter, rapes her and then is thrust back into her life? What happens when the women you fell in love with is not who she appears? And the reverse, what happens when your husband turns out to be someone completely different? Finally, what if someone who has a huge responsibility uses it to manipulate and get the better end of a bargain? Just how well do we know those we love and trust?

That's what those three books do for me. Granted, most literature discusses this, but I think, for me personally, it became very apparent and even frightening in these books.

So this is my top ten. What about you guys? 

And also, please feel free to disagree with me. Like I said, these were just my opinion. 


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

There is something about both science fiction and contemporary YA books that always makes me think!

Here's my top ten list of books that made me think. I hope you will stop by!

Sandy said...

I've seen several of these on other peoples' lists as well. Great list. New follower by the way.

Check out my TTT.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

InkkReviews said...

Great list ! i have hunger games , and divergent on mine too, and delirium is on my list to read soon.!!

check out my list, i just started book reviewing

Katie @ Inkk Reviews


Tanya Patrice said...

I really liked Divergent and The Hunger Games series too. I so need to get to Gone Girl!