14 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (4): Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To join in on this weekly meme, visit the blog here)

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Books that deal with tough subjects are not generally the ones I pick up from the shelf, but the few I have read and enjoyed are as follows...

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zeilin
Our protagonist Jane's mother is an alcoholic who nearly gets Jane and Jane's best friend killed in a car accident. So Jane finally takes up her college student/tornado chaser brother Ethan's offer to join him and his friends for the summer chasing tornadoes. The book deals with dangerous weather-induced encounters, and some struggling realizations on Jane's part of just how dangerous her relationship with her mother is, and what it's doing to her future.
See my full review on this book here.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I'm sure this one will be on many other bloggers' Top Ten Tuesday posts this week.
Hazel Grace has cancer. She is dying. Her mother persuades her to join a support group, and there she meets the incredible Augustus Waters - a cancer survivor who attends the meeting as support for his friend Isaac. While John Green fills the pages with wit, comic relief, romance, and hope, the fact that this book left me literally curled up in a ball on my bed sobbing for an hour and questioning life itself makes this book an easy pick for this list (and not just because there are only two books on my list...)

Unfortunately I only have two novels I can contribute to this week's TTT, but they are both fantastic (despite the heartbreak they deliver). Both stories inspire hope and if you haven't read either, I highly recommend you do both.


  1. I hadn't heard of The Waiting Sky. A great two books on your list!

  2. I love TFIOS -- it's on my list, too! I've never heard of THE WAITING SKY, but it sounds really, really good. I'm going to click over to my library's website and reserve it RIGHT NOW. Thanks for the rec!

    Happy TTT!

  3. The cover of The Waiting Sky is really cool! I've never heard of it but it sounds great. I loved TFioS, but it was a tough book.

    MY TTT

    1. Weird, my link didn't work. Let's try again! http://www.loveisnotatriangle.com/2013/05/top-ten-books-dealing-with-tough.html

    2. Agreed. Any book that leaves me questioning life as I'm curled up in ball sobbing is the epitome of tough


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