Monday, July 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books Tackling "Tough" Issues

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library.  This week's Top Ten is:

Top Ten Books Tackling "Tough" Issues

1. Shine by Lauren Myracle
Tackles: Homosexuality, intolerance, and abuse

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Tackles: Suicide, bullying/cyber-bullying, rape

3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Tackles: Rape, bullying, ostricization

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Tackles: Bigotry, segregation

5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Tackles: Bullying, abuse, hazing

6. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Guarnidos and Juanjo Carnales
Tackles: Bigotry, communism, nazisim 

7. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Tackles: Drug abuse, sexuality, rape

8. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 
Tackles: Anorexia, bulimia

9. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Tackles: Bullying/cyber-bullying, abuse, underage drinking

10. Dear Bully by Various Authors
Tackles: Bullying

I know a lot of the books on here have been on my Top Ten before, but so many of them reflect the tough issues that need to be read, reviewed, and remembered.  Many of these titles deal with bullying, an issue that I feel needs to be brought to light more often for the sake of kids everywhere and for those who were bullied as children in some way.


  1. I've seen 13 Reasons Why on enough lists to push it up my TBR list.

  2. Fantastic choices! I love how you mixed new and old novels together. I've been dying to read Dear Bully as soon as I heard about it.

    Here's my list:

  3. I must add some of your books to my list of books to look for, especially the ones on bullying.

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  4. I want to read Shine, but I'm not sure I can handle it. Books about abuse are typically too much for me. Maybe someday I'll read it.

  5. My first thought was that I don't like books about issues, but I let things cook for a while and finally came up with a list I like.

    I see from your lists that I need to read more YA. I almost put the YA book, Nothing, on my list. I'd be terrified to recommend it to anyone, but I found it very powerful.

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  6. What amazing company for DEAR BULLY to be in! Thanks for the shout out! Hope you all love reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!!


    Megan Kelley Hall


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