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Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subject Books

I’m pretty drawn to tough subject books. I scoured my Goodreads lists and narrowed it down to these FIFTEEN tough subject books instead of ten. (Bonus reads!) Obviously I didn’t follow the rules very well. Some of these were harder than others, but they all have aspects of them that really open your eyes to […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Alexa S. - These books do cover some tough subjects! I do think it’s important though, because sometimes people feel so alone in these situations – and these books might remind them that they aren’t alone. I got reminded of a few titles I’ve been meaning to check out, so thanks for putting the list together!

October 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too am drawn to tough subject books and thought i’d read a decent amount of them so I’m surprised that I’ve only read two on this entire list (but good surprised as I have more recommendations). I definitely want to read Rites of Passage since I’ve been seeing that around a lot lately and it has a military theme which we don’t get all that often. When You Were Here is also at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

Jamie - SO spot on for the ones out of this list I’ve read! Rites of Passage had me LITERALLY shaking it was so hard to read how she was treated and just knowing they were getting away with that crap. OH MY GOD. I still feel a fit of rage coming on thinking about it. Loved that book so hard though! Some Girls Are was really hard too..I remember being physically shaken by it. I was reading it on vacation (in the bathtub and literally finished the whole thing — after being in a house with my sister’s kids for a week I just wanted to escape haha) and I just remember thinking how scared I was for Genevieve to grow up. Because this bullying thing, to me at least, seems way worse than when I was a kid…unless Ijust didn’t see it or experience it.

September 30, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Magan - Amanda, I DEFINITELY AGREE. I had never had to sit a book aside like I did when I read Room. (Well, until I read Live Through This. That one was a doozie for me.) Glad you enjoyed it, but also glad you understand why it was uncomfortable for me. 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Magan - Sue, I haven’t read any books by Ellen Hopkins yet. I should fix that. A few times I’ve looked for them at my local library, but they had them out of sequence and I haven’t remembered to put them on hold. :-/ Thanks for the suggestion!!

September 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

BookCupid - Great compilation, read a lot of these books.
My TTT

September 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Amanda - Room is on my list too. It was such a powerfully written book, but I have rarely felt so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading.

September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Sue - I’ve read Room and Live Through This, both excellent books. I think the toughest book I have read was Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, have you read any of her books? All tough subjects but written in verse which for some reason makes such an impact.

September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Chrissi, I hope you give Rites of Passage a go! It’s FANTASTIC. The buzz isn’t publisher-generated. It’s well-deserved and so worth the read. I really hope that you find some great books from this list, even if they’re not always easy to read! 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

Magan - Oh, Cait. I completely understand. Tease was difficult because the MC was just so, so unlikeable. I wanted to hate her. Rites of Passage is one of my absolute favorite books this year. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s hard, yes, but OH SO VERY GOOD. (And incredibly well-written!)

September 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

Magan - Brianna, it was so uncomfortable. I completely agree. I put it aside for a long while and stopped reading it. (Only to realize that if I had read about 6 more pages, BIG things would have happened and my anxiety would have decreased severely.) There are some tough books on this list, but for sure amazing ones. I hope you’ll give a few of them a try!

September 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Magan - Cassie, it’s so true. Even as someone who is a Christian (though I don’t believe everything was as black and white as the MC’s community wanted her to believe), it was such a difficult read for me. I remember cringing and just really aching for her as she tried to figure out what she believed. A tough read, yes, but I hope also encouraging for those who read it and are working through their own dilemmas.

September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Small Town Sinners was one of the hardest books to read for me. Ever. I have never come across people like this in real life, so it was hard for me to understand the religious community and all the activities they did. I feel like those shouldn’t be allowed, especially as a community event people must participate in. But the hardest part was reading it from the MC’s point of view and listening to her thoughts about gay marriage and abortions, and that those vastly disagreed with my own opinions. I’m glad I read it, but it was still really hard for me to get through. I think it made a really good point and did well exploring the topics from a different point of view than I would normally read, and by the end, everything made sense. But that will always stick out to me as being a difficult book to get through.

September 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - I’ve only read Room. Clearly, I avoid books with difficult subjects. I didn’t love Room. I thought it was strange and unrealistic. Not that kidnapping is unrealistic, but the whole premise just weirded me out.

September 30, 2014 - 6:42 am

Cait @ Notebook Sisters - I really find books about bullying super hard to read too. 🙁 I mean, usually they’re good and they have such strong messages and they need to be said! But I tend to avoid them…I couldn’t read Tease. I WOULD like to try Rites of Passage but … not yet. >_<
Here’s my TTT!

September 30, 2014 - 12:46 am

Chrissi Reads - I didn’t think Rites of Passage would be a book that I wanted to read, but the buzz around it is really making me want to read it! I really want to check out most of the books on your list!

Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Magan: Shelve it, December 2, 2012

Hey friends! It’s so, so hard for me to believe that it’s December. It’s 77 degrees in Austin right now. WHY OH WHY? I need cold weather and hot chocolate to get into the holiday spirit! I’ve been playing my fair share of the ‘N Sync holiday station on Pandora to balance out the warmer […]

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December 4, 2012 - 8:50 pm

The Weekly Wrap-Up (18): Happy December! - […] this book up like craaaazy –  and when I saw it pop up on both Magan at Rather Be Reading AND Tara at Hobbitsies IMM this week, I went hunting. Luckily, it was on NG as an instant […]

December 4, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Alexa Y. - I just got The Sea of Tranquility, and I’m looking forward to checking it out. So many bloggers I love really enjoyed it, so I hope you and I do too!

December 4, 2012 - 7:06 am

April Books & Wine - Ohhh! The Sea Of Tranquility is utterly fantastic and heart breaking and wonderful and good and I wish I had a physical copy of it hahaha.

Hope you dig Hooked!

December 3, 2012 - 10:28 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’ve heard such good things about Sea. From the same peeps, of course. I hope you love it!

December 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Cassie - YAY! I adored If I Lie, I have it on my nook. I saw Hooked on NetGalley and was contemplating it, let me know what you think!

December 3, 2012 - 10:52 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes!!!! Go read The Sea of Tranquility, like, now!!! It was so amazing. You won’t be disappointed (I surely hope not!)

December 2, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - I saw the conversation between Anna and Jen on Twitter about the Sea of Tranquility – and after I saw it here AND on Tara’s (hobbitsies) IMM, I definitely just went and found it on NG haha. It sounds so good, I couldn’t pass it up!

I am DYING to read If I Lie – I have a hc copy from Corrine, but I’m saving it for when I can be emotionally wrecked haha. i can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I’m sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I’m linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it. This will definitely be a month where any and all […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you both know that I have almost obsessively (oh, who am I kidding, of course it’s obsessively!) added just about every title on your list of August releases. So many good books coming out!!

July 28, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Tara - There is just way, way, WAY too much awesome in this post! I’m almost finished with Throne of Glass right now and if it’s any indication of how the rest of the month will go, I think I’ll be one happy girl 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 7:54 pm

VeganYANerds - So as I was reading I started to keep a list of the books I wanted to comment on but there are so many! I’ve been waiting on Fingerprints, If I Lie and the pizza one plus you’ve made me aware of Capital Girls!

July 28, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Hobbies and Interests » Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? - […] Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? admin Books, Reading, Writing 2012-04-28 If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - The only one of these I’ve read so far is Counting Backwards and I really liked it. Several are on my TBR but there are several here I wasn’t aware of. Thanks gals!

July 28, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - August has so many great books coming out! I’m excited to get to Throne of Glass and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff. And Speechless. And Every Day. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen is coming out on the 2st, and I am way excited to read that one!

July 28, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I have a calendar that I use specifically for book releases, like every book lover does [at least it’s digital, making me less nerdy…]. And it’s absolutely insane how many awesome books are coming out in August!! Especially August 28th. It’s crazy. I totally agree about the money thing- every extra penny is going towards the book fund this month! I’m absolutely dying for Throne of Glass. It looks super amazing. Over You also looks super cute. And I’ve heard some really great things about Wake! So many amazing books, so little money. *sighs*

Fabulous list Magan! <3

July 28, 2012 - 2:32 pm

The Bumble Girl - Wow, so many good books coming out this month! You don’t really realize it until you see an awesome post like this 🙂
I really enjoyed Throne of Glass! and I cannot wait to get Wake by Amanda Hocking – her Trylle Trilogy is one of my favorites series! Pizza, Love and Other Stuff sounds cute! And I’m also looking forward to Every Day and Speechless!
Need more time in the day to read! Thanks for sharing your list 🙂