Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Difficult Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Check them out to find out how to participate.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books Dealing with Tough Subjects:

This is a great topic this week. I don't know if you remember, but a few weeks ago I think I mentioned that I enjoy books that rip me to shreds. :)

10. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling (no I didn't just throw this one in because it's HP)
Tough Subject: losing parents; adolescence; being an outcast; difference between good & evil; self sacrifice
9. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tough Subject: divorce; finding yourself; ; unhealthy relationships; finding religion; finding love
8. Virgin River series by Robyn Carr
Tough Subject: domestic abuse; rape; losing a spouse; ptsd; addiction/alcoholism; living as an amputee; life as an injured veteran; teenage pregnancy; losing a child
7. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Tough Subject: addiction; prostitution;  finding God
6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Tough Subject: racism; civil rights
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tough Subject: racism
4.  Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
Tough Subject: domestic abuse
3. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
Tough Subject: child molestation; clergy molestation scandal; retribution
2. A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
Tough Subject: child abuse
1. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
Tough Subject: arranged marriages; child brides; rape; domestic abuse; (all in foreign countries where it is widely accepted or simply not acknowledged)
I can honestly tell you that #1 on my list was the hardest for me to read. It is a true story about an 8-year-old girl in Yemen who is married off to a man at least 30-years-old who rapes her (AN 8 YEAR OLD!) beats her, demeans her, etc., and when she has finally had enough, she escapes and a famous Yemeni lawyer agrees to help her get a divorce from her monster of a "husband". It is an awful story and I still want to vomit thinking about it. But it was incredibly insightful into the lives of girls all around the world who truly suffer this way but do not find their way out. In other words - girls, your man doesn't take out the trash? Live with it - you've got it made.
Anyhow, have any of you read these books? What did you think?


  1. Wow, incredible list. Redeeming Love is a tough cookie to swallow. My mom read it last year and she said she couldn't read it at night because of how heavy it was. #1 on your list also sounds like a really gritty read. The sad thing is, though, that so many of these situations are happening right now in countries all over the world. Thanks for sharing! New follower. =)

    My TTT: http://gobsandgobsofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/top-ten-books-dealing-with-tough.html

  2. Shelby:

    Redeeming Love was really rough. I am Nujood was even more rough. I still cringe thinking about it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Age 10 and divorced!! Oh Gosh. So sad, glad she made it out. Here ismy TTT

  4. Great list! My sister got your #1 for Christmas. I must borrow it from her and give it a read.

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

  5. Great list! If I had had more the 10 spaces to fill I would have added Harry Potter, Virgin River, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Help and Nujood's book.
    Thanks for stopping by my Top 10 Tuesday post!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  6. I am Nujood seems like it would be very hard to read but also great to read. I believe being informed about the truth in world makes us better people. Thanks for the suggestion.


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