YA Books Dealing With Tough Topics {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic should have been ‘books I disliked/hated but am glad I read anyway’. And truthfully, I was having a lot of trouble with that topic since the only books I can think of that I actually hated were the Fifty Shades of Grey books and I AM NOT glad I read them anyway… So I twisted the topic a bit to ‘books that were tough but I’m glad I read anyway’. But then that shifted a bit to ‘books with tough topics I want to read’ and in the end I mixed it all up anyway and made a post on ‘YA books dealing with tough topics’. So let’s just go with that, shall we? 🙂

Basically, these are all young adult books that deal with some pretty heavy, dark topics such as death, racism, rape culture, mental illness and so on. Pretty much all important topics to talk about and discuss, because even if they are tough to read they still deserve to have people be aware of them. Some of these I have read and adored despite the heavy topic. Others I unfortunately still have to read but have heard lots of praise about already.

Here we go!

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Books I Loved But Will (Probably) Never Re-Read {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic is all about the books I loved but will probably never re-read. Now, this was a real tough one for me as I’m more of a “I want to re-read all my favorite books and I’ll proclaim my good intentions forever but probably never re-read anyway” kind of girl. If I loved a book, I’ll automatically want to re-read. Even if I may never have the time or be in the right mood again, I’ll still want to re-read. But for the sake of this list, I dug deep and tried to be brutally honest with myself and came up with a few books I’ll probably never re-read. (but hey, never say never!):

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Books I Can’t Believe I Read Because They Promised Tears & I Read Them Anyway {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about books I can’t believe I read. More specifically, I can’t believe I read them because the blurb promised me tears and sadness and tough topics and most of the time, I avoid those like the plague and go for the feel-good books instead. Most of the time, but then some times I just find myself picking up one of those heartbreaking books anyway, and end up crying my heart out. And I don’t mean crying like “Oh, my eyes got a little watery at that scene”. No, I mean full-blown snotty nose, red face, ugly-crying. And guess what? I still loved every single one of these books so, so much, despite the tears.

So here are some of my fave books I can’t believe I even read because they promised tears:

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Books Featuring Characters With A Mental Illness {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today I’d like to talk a bit about books featuring characters with a mental illness. Even today, mental illness is still stigmatized, judged and misunderstood. I think it was only last week when I saw a Twitter discussion where someone was saying depression was a choice and people suffering from depression should just ‘get over it’. And sadly, thoughts like this are not an isolated event. We need to talk more about mental illness. People need to be educated and there needs to be more understanding.

Though it of course can’t solve everything, I do believe that literature can play a big part in helping overcome that stigma and misunderstanding. Not only could it help educate people, but it could also help people with a mental illness in seeing that they are not alone.

So for today I’d like to spotlight some books featuring characters with a mental illness. I would like to say that I am no expert, so while I do think these have some good representation, they might not be 100% accurate or could potentially be triggering in some cases. Also, I know this is only a small selection and I am always looking for more stories with great mental health rep, so feel free to comment with some recs!

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Throwback Tuesday: The Ten First Books I Ever Reviewed (& What I Think Of Them Now) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a throwback freebie. I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and well… the time sure does fly! So as a little throwback I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the first books I ever reviewed for this blog, and see if my feelings are still the same or not? Sound like fun? Yay, let’s do this!

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Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places by Jennifer NivenTitle: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary – Romance – Young Adult

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved this book


What it’s about:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My thoughts:

Well, this book was heavy. The kind of book that punches you in the gut and leaves you stumbling around for days thinking about the pain it brought you.

The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a gorgeous book that was beautifully written with amazing main characters. But the subject matter is hard. It is real though and needs to be told. Mental health issues are a reality and people who have them often run into misunderstanding and are stigmatized. This book could really help spread awareness on that.

“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”

Violet and Finch are two great characters and while they are indeed very quirky and intelligent for their age and may remind you of John Green characters, they still have their own distinct personalities. I loved their journey together, both their emotional journey and their wanderings (I’ve come to realize I really love the roadtrip or travel aspects in contemporaries). I liked that we got chapters in each of their POV as they both had such different issues and journeys and I like that even though it was hard, there was still some lightheartedness in there as well.

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness”

I can see why it’s such a top-rated book as it is gorgeous, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. But for now I just need to process this one some more and maybe go watch some light fluffy comedies.

(Update: it has now been a few weeks since I read this and wrote this review and this book is still on my mind. That’s the kind of story this was.)

Favorite quotes:

So many, but here are a few:

“But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not a casualty of shitty parents and an even shittier chemical makeup. Not a problem. Not a diagnosis. Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person.”

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

“You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.…”