Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Books Dealing with Tough Subjects

For the future Top Ten schedule and how to participate go HERE!

There are quite a few of these books out there, so let's see if I can share a few with you.  I can't wait to see what some of the rest of you choose!

  1. Crank by Ellen Hopkins - When I first picked up this book I wasn't sure what to think.  But, after reading it my heart broke.  So easy to see how something like this could happen, I really enjoyed this entire series.
  2. A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer - If you haven't read this, I strongly recommend it.  But, be warned.  This horrific account of child abuse will leave you shaken to your core. 
  3. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi - I think most people know who Charles Manson is.  What you might not know is exactly how the cult and murders that happened because of it worked and were led by him.  Another great book - highly recommended!
  4. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - I read this book many years ago, and still remember the ins and outs.  A mother who agrees to pretend she doesn't have kids and locks them in an attic after their father died, and abusive Grandmother, and four children left to fend for themselves.  
  5. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult - A high school shooting, in this book you get to see a little more about the victims and their assailant, and what might have pushed him to do the unthinkable.
  6. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber - Multiple Personality Disorder used as an escape from a mother whose abuse will turn your stomach - another book that lets you see a closer look.
  7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - I remember picking up this book because everyone else was reading it.  What I didn't expect was to be able to relate to it, knowing that things like this happen all the time.
  8. Carrie by Stephen King - Many might not feel that this fits into this list but I do.  Carrie comes from an extremely religious household and her mother is really nuts.  She is an outcast and the story is as much about her life as it is about her powers.  One of my favorites by him as it is truly believable...if you are open to it:)
Ok, I'll have to think of a few more...I know I have read TONS of them, like any by Ann Rule would qualify as well.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Flowers In The Attic is such a disturbing read. Memorable though. I've also read A Child Called It. Great list.

    1. You have a great list as well! Thanks for stopping by:)

  2. Tracee! I didn't even know you had a book blog. I'm so glad I found it via TTT :)

    I've read most of the books on your list and they were all memorable. I felt the same way about CRANK -- I almost put it down because it was so disturbing, but it was also very compelling and real. I ended up reading the whole series because I just had to know what happened to the heroine.

    1. Hi Susan,
      This is actually my 3rd or so - started off with Review From Here but wanted to start keeping that one mostly for reviews so started this one. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Wow, some excellent choices! Most I have heard of but a few I had not. Thanks for sharing them and your point of view on them!

    Here is our Top Ten for the week. We look forward to seeing you on Harlie's Books!

    1. Thanks for visiting - heading over to your blog right now!