Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Books with "Hard" Topics

Hello lovelies,

It's that time of the week again, it's time for Top 5 Wednesday! as created by the awesome GingerReadsLainey and now moderated by the lovely ThoughtsonTomes over on Goodreads!

This weeks topic is...Book Theme Songs! but yet again this week I'm mixing things up and doing an April topic! I cannot read while listening to music (I can barely blog while listening to music!) and I just don't associate music and books at all so I decided to go back and do another topic I really wanted to cover and that is Books with "Hard" Topics.

So let's get into the books!


My choices this week are;

The Enchanted//Rene Denfeld

The setting of The Enchanted is on death row, which is a hard topic in and of itself, but it also goes into detail of the crimes committed (tough reading in itself!), the horrible pasts that might lead someone to commit those crimes and discusses the warden dealing with his wife's terminal illness.
It's hard to believe that a book with this type of content could be beautifully written but this book was one of my favourites from last year. Highly recommend if you can handle the tough stuff.


Amy and Roger's Epic Detour//Morgan Matson

Well hello again Morgan Matson, you're always sneaking on to my list!
 I chose this one because it's the one I've read (and I loved it) but I think any Matson book could fall into this category.
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour deals with Amy who is grieving for her father. For me, Matson writes grief in an incredibly real way, whereas a lot of YA writers tend to go with the tragedy porn method!



Lock In//John Scalzi

Lock In was another of my favourite reads from last year. I thought this was an interesting one for this list because it's science fiction, but it does deal with an already existing phenomena so I think I can get away with it!
In Lock In, a flu pandemic has left a large percentage of the population with Hayden's Syndrome (what is known to us now as "locked in" syndrome) meaning that a person is aware but unable to move or communicate verbally). In the future, scientists find ways for those affected to communicate and move either by connecting to an android body and/or by living in type of cyberspace (a place that reminded me of A LOT of Second Life if you've ever had the misfortune to observe it).
This may not sound tough but it raises a lot of interesting ethical, philosophical and social questions, which can all relate to life as we know it now.



The Silver Linings Playbook//Matthew Quick

I loved this book when I first read it a few years back, and I enjoyed the movie (although not nearly as much). This book explores bi-polar disorder. While I've never experienced being bi-polar, I have experienced depression and anxiety and I felt I could really relate to the characters in the book.
I also felt that this book spoke very positively and accurately (to an extent) about therapy and medication which is a big plus for me.
This is still one of my favourite books!



Me, Earl and the Dying Girl//Jesse Andrews

This isn't actually one of my favourite books, but I still really enjoyed it. It's not hard to tell what this book is about, it's literally about Greg, his friend Earl and the girl he used to know who's dying of cancer.
This was a brutally honest account of the reality of cancer (fuck cancer btw), and how it can feel when there's nothing you can do. I loved the fact that the "hard topic" in this case wasn't romanticised (like pretty much all John Green books *cough* who said that?!) and also the fact that it wasn't all tragedy on tragedy (like John Green...wait what?!) cos that's just not reality is it? People with cancer, depression, who are grieving, still have good days, they still laugh sometimes! This is actually a really common theme for me in a lot of books that deal with topics like death and mental illness as you might have noticed!

If you've read any of these, let me know how you got on with them, also do you hate tragedy porn? 'COS I DO!

I'd love to know what your Top 5 books with hard topics choices are because there are so many ways to interpret this, so leave your answers below, or if you've done this weeks, link me up below!

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