April 13, 2016

Books About Hard Topics

Today's Top Five Wednesday topic is Books with "hard" topics. I think the word "hard" is in quotation marks because each person's definition of hard is different. I recently heard a person say she had "teeth" issues, so she couldn't read books with scenes with teeth being pulled or knocked out or whatever. So here are some books about what I think are hard topics.

  1. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala - This is about the author's experience in Sri Lanka in 2004 when her parents, husband, and both sons were killed in a tsunami. This is kind of my worst nightmare, so yeah. Hard topic.

  2. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald - This one was hard for me, personally, because it was about the author's way of dealing with the death of her father. I read it about 9 months after the death of my own father, so I could relate.

  3. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink - I would say Hurricane Katrina is a difficult topic. What these people went through is like a survival story along the lines of Into Thin Air.

  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - This one is pretty much a romance, but it also has a huge plot point having to do with assisted suicide. That's pretty heavy.

  5. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman - A teen boy narrates his own descent into schizophrenia. It's kind of terrifying. Mental illness is scary.

So there are some books I've read that include difficult subjects. Got any to add?