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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!

Estelle: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Live Through This by Mindi Scott ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: blended families, abuse, secrets, high school Format read: Paperback borrowed from Ginger at GReadsBooks! Summary:  Coley is on the dance team in school, has a crush on a sweet […]

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September 30, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Live Through This — sexual abuse by a relative, mental instability of the MC who questions right from wrong […]

December 15, 2012 - 10:29 am

Live Through This Mindi Scott Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Here, folks, is the kind of writing I yearn for” […]

December 1, 2012 - 1:50 am

Kristen Evey - Wow. Solely for your description of the writing of this novel, I am going to read this. 🙂

November 25, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (11/25/2012) - […] Freefall by Mindi Scott: Thanks to Anna (Anna Reads) for sending along Ginger’s (G Reads Books) copy of this novel! Ginger speaks so highly of Mindi and her work, and I can’t wait to try out another one of her books after really enjoying Live Through This. […]

November 18, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Magan: Shelve It, November 18, 2012 - […] – Live Through This by Mindi Scott — Ginger and Estelle have raved about this one. Beyond excited to read this one. (Goodreads | Estelle’s Review) […]

November 10, 2012 - 11:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This review seriously has made me more eager to read this book. While it’s going to be difficult to read knowing it features sexual abuse, I do believe a book like this can have a powerful impact.

November 9, 2012 - 2:08 pm

April Books & Wine - I think I am going to read this over the 3-Day weekend after finishing Black City and Falling Kingdoms, seems like just the right book to pull me back to reality. I like books that just slam into you and are hard to read, if that makes sense?

Either way, this was a fantastic review.

November 9, 2012 - 9:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, you have captured the beauty in this novel so well. Though the subject matter is something no one ever wants to read about, I think Mindi did a superb job of getting the message across. I adore this woman’s writing and can’t wait for you to experience Freefall.

Estelle + Magan: Shelve It (10/21/2012)

Happy Sunday, friends! We decided to do a joint “Shelve It” this week because someone was a little preoccupied with a move last weekend. Lots of fun books to look forward to for both of us! estelle. Hi. Hi. Hi. Last week, I had a bunch of fun hanging out with Elena (Novel Sounds) and Alexa […]

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October 25, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Estelle - Thanks M! The move went well & but the unpacking is slow going 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Tara - You both have such exciting things going on right now! And this is a bit creepy Magan, but I’m almost positive Anna has one of those canvases in her bathroom haha.

October 23, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for blogger outings! E, I had so much fun with you and Elena. Our adventures at the Strand + over dinner were great, and I wish we could all hang out more. Plus, you did get some pretty darn awesome books…

M, LOVE the prints. LOVE LOVE LOVE. One of the things the truly excites me about getting married is the fact that I’ll finally get to live in a place where I can decorate any way I want to! Prints + photos will DEFINITELY be prominent.

October 23, 2012 - 11:22 am

Lena - AHHH, so jealous of Estelle’s blogger outing. Why do all my favorite people always hang out without me? *cries*

SUCH A RUSH is amazeballs, and I really enjoyed Virtuosity.

And Magan, I love your prints, especially the big one. So pretty! I really liked TIME BETWEEN US, and you must let me know what you think of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

Happy Reading Ladies!

*MWAH*

October 22, 2012 - 9:10 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I am so happy to share LTT with you! I can’t wait for you to read it so we can discuss in depth 🙂 Magan, I LOVE your new art work! Both of you got some fab books this week. Can’t wait to read your reviews on some of them.

October 21, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Monica - Awesome books.
I cant wait to read Uses for Boys and Eleanor & Park also.
Feel free to stop by and check out my haul…
http://asoutherngirlsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-my-mailbox-imm-3.html

October 21, 2012 - 9:35 pm

elena - estelle – “yet has a terrible sense of direction.” STORY OF MY LIFE! it was so fun to hang out with you & alexa! thank you so much for talking me through directions and being generally awesome. i hope to do it again one day soon and hopefully with m! <3

magan – your wall is so pretty! i have eleanor & park too except in a paperback form. we should do a readalong! also days of starlight and blood looks so gooood, can't wait for it.

October 21, 2012 - 8:51 pm

VeganYANerds - E – I hope the move went well and I understand how hard it can be to leave a place 🙂

Yay for hanging out with Elena and Alexa – looks like you girls had a great time!

M – love the artwork, as you know! We’ve been in out place almost 2 years and it took me until this year to starting hanging prints etc And awesome stack of books 😀