Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Hard Knock Books



I knew what I was getting into in terms of subject matter when I selected these following books, and yet they managed to surprise me in ways I didn't foresee.  

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

A serial killer, I can't deal with. I've seen Dexter. But this guy has ''sexual issues'' that were too much to handle.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Even with drawings, the subject matter of Auschwitz is always hard to read.

Lucky by Alice Sebold

I learned that rape isn't the worst that could happen. Imagine your family and friends asking you over and over why you didn't try to escape.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

That scene, when they numb a boy and remove his organs one by one while he's still conscient.

By the Time You Read This I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

There are so many ways to commit suicide. Peters lists them all, how long it will take you as well as the pros and cons.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Piggy should have been the saddest part, but for me, it was reading about all those poor six-year-old kids surviving alone while the others casted them aside.

Which book topped your list?


  1. Wow! These are mostly new to me ones! I think a lot of Alice Sebold's books are hard to read. She tackles a lot of tough issues. I only read Lovely Bones, but wow, that really packed a punch!

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    1. That is true. Lovely Bones was very emotional :(

  2. I haven't read any of these books and I'm glad I didn't! :D

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    1. Lol... not nightly reads. Daytime would be better.

  3. The only one of these I've read is Maus and I definitely agree with you. Even by depicting the humans as animals, it was difficult to get through some of the parts. I've heard similar things about American Psycho and I'll probably never read it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I found that scene in Unwind to be the most... interesting part of the book. Interesting is not exactly the word I was looking for, but so far, the book had not been really graphic and the author changed this in just a few pages and without any warning and made people feel bad for that character.