Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is 10 Books That Made You Think. With my philosophy background I could not pass up the prompt. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people think Young Adult Literature is shallow or fluffy. I mean give me a break some of that so could “adult” stuff is the most vacuous writing out there. I actually like YA books because they do usually have a real valuable things to think through and questions to consider. So here are some of my favorite YA books that challenged me to think. And if you want befriend me on Goodreads I’m over here.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1) Pearson, Mary E. If there is one book that really challenged my thinking that I read this year Jenna Fox would be it. This tickled the philosopher in my like crazy making me really ask myself what I thought about the issues being presented as well as what I believe. How much medical reconstruction can you have before you aren’t a person or human any more? As a parent/loved one, how far would you go for someone you love? What makes one level of medical intervention more acceptable than another. And so many more really interesting questions! And it was a really fun read.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) Carson, Rae For me it was wonderful to read about a religious character (since I am very religious myself) who has hard stuff to deal with but doesn’t just blindly accept her faith or have a complete crisis because things are much worse than they should be. It helped me think through how to struggle with the hard stuff of life while remaining faithful but at the same way honest.
Life As We Knew It Pfeffer, Susan Beth I read all three of these books and if you’ve seem my past post about them you know I wouldn’t described myself as enjoying them. But boy did they make me think, and worry, and feed my already high level of anxiety. But really I found myself really thinking through how and what I’d do if a major disaster stuck.
Partials (Partials, #1)Wells, Dan This is one of my favorite books of the year. Just a great story but also so many things to think about. What makes someone human? How important are friends and family in comparison to the greater good?
Airman Colfer, EoinThis was a great book. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. And it’s one that would be great for boys too. Some times life really isn’t fair and you are wronged and you have no power except the power of how you will respond. How you respond to the things that happen to you can really make all the difference. This had me thinking about attitude and perseverance and never losing hope and lots of really good things.
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Collins, Suzanne You know I really loved The Hunger Game books right? But I had a hard time with this ending. For me it was too real. But in a way I think that was good for me. It made me process how someone in one of these dystopians would really be at the end of the whole ordeal how broken and how love would look so different but then could still be totally real.
The Book Thief Zusak, Markus What an interesting book. This book really made me think about family and love. More specifically how different families and true love can look. Different people show love in different ways but that doesn’t make it any less real.
Delirium (Delirium, #1) Oliver, Lauren I found I could not stop thinking about this book. It’s one that I enjoyed while I was reading it but it got better and richer the more I processed it. It was fasinating to think about the implications of a life without love. While we can’t get an injection to make us safe from Delirium I think many people get burned by people in relationships whether romantic, familiar, or other and it seems safer to just stop caring about people. I think this shows that loving people is worth the possibility for pain.
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Cranberry Morning says
Interesting and helpful reviews! I’m going to pass this info on. Thanks.
Leslie Harris says
What a great post! Wow. This is why we read, to be moved and challenged to think in new ways. I can’t wait to grab a cup of coffee and dive into your list. And thanks for visiting my blog. I’m so glad you liked my Edgar Allen poe wreath!
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I agree with you on the Cassie Clare book but I didn’t really think that book was as good as the others in the series. Great Picks,
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very nice–I liked reading your explanations. It helps because I’m not familiar with most of the titles. I felt the same way about the ending of Mockingjay. After passing through that experience you would be a broken person. All you could do is pick up the pieces as best as possible. I’m glad that Suzanne Collins was realistic. kaye—the road goes ever ever on
I don’t know if I should be sad that I have only read one book on this list, or happy that I have 9 books to add to my pile.
Man, I thought I read a lot, you read way more!
Thanks guys! Debra I vote for happy, definitely happy. More books to read is always a good thing :)
West Virginia Red says
Fab post and I have only read a very few of these. Guess I need to get my read on.
Milda Harris says
I agree about Mockingjay! The ending worked, but I felt so sad – you nailed it on the head for me on why – it was too real!
lizy b says
You always have the best book suggestions! Have you read The Dark Materials series? I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
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Katja Weinert says
Love your list, and I’m so happy to see The Adoration of Jenna Fox…I always feel like it doesn’t get enough attention :)