Top 5 Wednesday: Books with “Hard” Topics

We love books that have dragons and magic and futuristic technology but every once in a while we also love to just sit down and read books that deal with issues that trouble our humanity.

So here is a list of 5 books that deal with such topics and did an amazing job at it:

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#1 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Raven: This book is beautiful! The way it deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is so unique and refreshing. It is not at all like how you would expect PTSD to be like. A must read.

Beez: This book deals with a “hard” issue that’s very different- PTSD, for me because I have never gone through anything of that magnitude and it’s effects. I didn’t quite read this with enlightenment of PTSD in mind, but I still got the feel of how crushing the effects are and it was also beautifully written.

#2 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Raven: This was an issue that I was not really aware of at the time so you can see how reading books surrounding such issues can spread awareness. In this book Will is quadriplegic, a situation in which all four limbs are in paralysis. Even though the book wasn’t from his point of view, you could still see and feel all his troubles through the eyes of Louisa.

Beez: This book has a very controversial issue and while I feel, we got to see not much of the side of the thinking process about Will’s decision, we get to see how that affects his friends and family.

#3 Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Raven: This book broke me. Anyone who has read my review of the book knows how much this book affected me. It’s set during the World War I and it deals with the after-effects of war on soldiers a.k.a shell shock. I can’t explain to you how beautifully John Boyne has worked with this topic.

Beez: This is another book where you have such a serious topic seen by the eyes of a little boy. It’s amazing and insightful to see how he copes and tries to control things to any extent he can and how his understanding of the war is. And this book doesn’t stop there- it goes on to show how he reacts to his dad’s condition after the war and it’s done beautifully and delicately.

#4 By the time you read this I’ll be dead by Julie Ann Peters

Beez: This book dealt with suicide, depression, getting bullied and going to a fat camp. A lot of depressing stuff and whenever I read it I got under a depressive spell. I cannot vouch for the quality of this book because I read it quite some time ago. But it was a good read and I did connect with her character and did get affected.

#5 Lola Rose by Jaqueline Wilson

Raven: This book is on my TBR.

Beez: This book is an excellent book about the effects of an abusive parent on a child. Lola in this book, takes this very protective and defensive side against her father- she regards him as bad and she is very concerned of him finding them and whenever her mother talks about him, she gets all apprehensive and controlling. I understood exactly how she felt because of the writing by Wilson. Lola is so scared of her father that it’s so important that she keeps her family safe from him, whether it’s his episodes or physically. And along with that, her younger brother shows the other effects of having an abusive parent. A very insightful read.

Special mentions:

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio [Facial deformity- “mandibulofacial dysostosis”]

2. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp [Alcoholism]

3. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen [Abusive relationship]

4. One by Sarah Crossan (so darn good) [Conjoined Twins]

Tell us yours in the comments below or leave a link for us to check it out!


This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

5 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books with “Hard” Topics

  1. Just discovered your blog by way of Your Daughter’s Book Shelf. Looks good, and there should be loads of ideas for my kids!
    Two books I loved that were tough to read were Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (rape) and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen.

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