Greetings, friends! Truth? I’ve loved so many of the past Top 10 Tuesday memes but I have been unable to come up with 10 items to list for most of them. TODAY I WILL DO IT.
I definitely don’t shy away from tough subjects in books. They are intense, emotionally-stirring, and, when done well, help you to understand the plights of different types of people.
I hope you’ll discover a few new titles in my list today!
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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are two beautifully written books that not only deal with gaining acceptance from others, but also finding it for themselves. Beautiful Music was one of my top reads last year; Gabe is a vivacious character who just came out as transgender to his parents. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about a girl who thinks she caused her parents death because she kissed a girl; her aunt soon sends her to a school to get reformed.
This isn’t something I’ve gone through myself, but I’ve seen it happen to my friends and I’m always interested in how an author will interpret it. I thought Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight did a nice job of showing how a girl comes to terms with her dad living a brand new life. The newly released Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland depicted a character who avoided the repercussions of divorce in her family until her world blew up all around her. Both very honest accounts.
Nothing fires me up more than a mean person. I know these stories are important to tell because this is happening all over the world to so many people but damn, does it rile me up. Case in point: Camp by Elaine Wolf a great setting filled with some of the most heinous characters I’ve ever come in contact with. (I couldn’t put that one down.) While Eleanor and Park is definite a sweet first romance kind of book, Eleanor goes through a lot at her school and doesn’t know who or where to turn.
4. Helplessness associated with a sick parent
The fears associated with this subject really rock me to the core. Two recent examples in my reading are The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsay Leavitt; they are completely different books filled with very different circumstances but still the worry, the frustration are very much the same.
5. Murder and consequences
I can’t stop singing the praises of Terra Elan McVoy’s Criminal but here I am again. It’s a story filled with so much “gray” as a character is made a true “partner-in-crime” and must make some tough choices regarding her only friend, the love of her life, and her own future. I haven’t reviewed it here but Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is one of my favorite books of old time. He wrote a book about a murder of a Kansas Family, interviews the killers and the rest of the town, and does his own full investigation. It’s so very interesting and addicting.
6. The power of technology
This really irks me because hello, we are communicating on the internet right now! I use Twitter and Instagram and checking both of these things (and more) takes up so much of my daily life. I love when use of technology is even more exaggerated in books because it makes me reflect on how much I put out there, and how I just need to unplug sometimes. Do check out: Bumped series by Megan McCafferty and The Julian Game by Adele Griffin.
7. Falling for the “wrong” person
There are many ways you can look at this category. Sometimes it’s a terrible thing, and sometimes it’s the best terrible thing to ever happen to someone. Here are two (non-cheating examples): J.H. Trumble’s Where You Are and Natalie Standiford’s How to Say Goodbye in Robot.
8. Not having control in this great big world
Sometimes there are just bigger things that we cannot stop from handling. A terrorist attack, or a war. Two extremely well-done books, that will forever be highly recommended by me are Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan (9/11) and Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (violence in Africa).
Today I’m thinking in terms of our parents, and realizing that our parents have their own histories and their own feelings and lives. Sometimes uncovering these mysteries is great for us, and other times… not so much. You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis is written so beautifully, about a girl who listens to voicemails left on her deceased mother’s phone and uncovers the truth surrounding her final days. Then there is Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando, an Estelle favorite, who learns about her mother’s childhood when she moves into a house on Coney Island.
10. Following your heart
Big decisions, our decisions may not always have the popular vote but sometimes, we just have to take that leap. It might be a job, a relationship, a friendship; you might have to make some tough decisions or happy ones. Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe made me think of careers and following through on your passions, while Gayle Forman’s Just One Day was about examining friendships, relationships with parents, and even ourselves.
Thanks for stopping in today’s TTT! Can’t wait to hear everyone else’s picks!