Top Ten Tuesday – Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are looking at books that deal with tough subjects. This was a difficult list for me as I always avoid books that touch on subjects too close to my heart. My list therefore only contains seven books.

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1) Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

This is a brilliant book that everyone should read. Unlike a lot of animal rights books this one is not written in a biased way. It goes behind the scenes in factory farms and looks at the effect the meat industry is having on the world.

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2) When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

This is a beautiful story which includes a lot of historical events including 9/11. Very moving.

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3) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

An extremely emotional and moving novel which explores the loss of a child and the magical properties of snow.

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4) Room by Emma Donoghue

This book goes into the difficult subject of kidnapping and is told through the innocent eyes of a child who doesn’t have any idea what is going on.

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5) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

This is so much more than a ghost story. It explores the death of a family member and mourning.

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6) The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I found this a very emotional read. Imagine what it’d be like to know that the end was coming but not know when.

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7) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

This book deals with an abusive relationship and the darkness behind the lights of showbiz.

Which books would make your list?

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Anne & Kristilyn’s 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge – Update 1

In January I decided to take part in the 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge which is hosted over at Reading In Winter.

This is the first update in the challenge! You can see my scorecard below…

As you can see I’ve got the whole top line filled and have started on the second! Here are my reads:

Read 2 books from your TBR pile

Beauty by Robin McKinley has been in my TBR pile for years! I finally got around to reading it in January. My review is here.

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris is a library book that I’ve had for a year now! I finally read it this month and the review is here.

Read 2 books that are part of a series


Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a part of one of my favourite series, True Blood. It was actually a re-read as well as I’ve read this series a few times!

Marked by PC and Kristen Cast is a book I’d been wanted to try for a while. It’s from the House of Night series which I am now desperate to read. The review is here.

Read 1 book that is released in 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard was on my list of 2013 debuts I needed to read and my spring to-read list. My review is here.

Read 1 book everyone but you has read

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a must read for all vegans and a book that it seemed every vegan in the world has read. I finally finished my copy this month and enjoyed it a lot. My review is here.

Re-read 1 book

Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris is the second in the True Blood series. As above, I love this series!

Are you taking part in this challenge? I’m looking for a recommendation for the middle square which is a book chosen by another participant or a genre chosen by another participant!