Monday, September 10, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly meme from The Broke and The Bookish

This weeks topic is:
Top Ten Books That Make You Think

1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque: I read this in high school, and thought about how these men not much older than me, had to endure.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I was blown away by this book as young adult.

3.  Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman: This is not on the same chart as my first two, but still it makes the list. It really made me think, do we really ever know anyone?

4. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb:  I work in a school, and because of Columbine and other tragedies like it, this is something to think about. We have safety procedures in place, but you it is something to worry about.  

5.  The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

6.  The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams: When I read this, I was probably in 8th or 9th grade.  It was probably one of the single most influential books on my life.  I became the vegetarian/animal rescuer/animal rights activist that I am today, because of this book.  

7.  First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung: A first hand account of the author's survival of the Khmer Rouge.  What guts and inner strength it must take to write this story down.

8.  The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan: Amazing.

9. The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez:  I love to read about like in other cultures, especially for women.

 New Hampshire by John Irving: I was introduced to Irving by my uncle while I was in high school.  He fast became one of my favorite authors - he just has such a unique insight and way of writing about people and fate and life in general.

Keep passing the open windows!


  1. I really enjoyed A Prayer for Owen Meany. I also really liked Irving's Cider House Rules.

  2. I loved Watership Down, when I read it recently, and I really want to read The Plague Dogs. I love your list, even I was blown away by To Kill a Mockingbird :)

    1. Watership Down is my favorite book, hands down.

  3. I don't think I know any of the books but I'll look out for them and add them to my endless TBR pile :)

    My TTT.

  4. I love Alice Hoffman but have not read that one so am adding it to my list. The Children's Blizzard looks interesting as well.

  5. Great list. I must read some of these titles.

  6. Oh there are some great ones on this list. I can't say enough about To Kill a Mockingbird. And I don't think I could handle The Plague Dogs. Books about abused animals are so hard to read. But I'm sure it would be extremely impacting. The Children's Blizzard also sounds like it would be difficult but fascinating. Reminds me of Giants in the Earth on my list, because they are both about hardships on the prairie.

    1. It is so hard to read about abused animals - in fact, I can't do it anymore. IF something seems like it is going to happen I abandon the book. It just really bothers me. I will have to check out the Giants in the Earth!

  7. Wow, I have never read any of these. They all seem like great reads, so I'll have to change that. I'm most interested by Tan's book. One word thoughts/reviews always seem to indicate to me that the book is so great that it's hard to really spell out why. Hopefully that is the case here!

  8. Oooh ooh, what a GREAT list!! The Children's Blizzard...sigh, that book made me cry a river. I read First They Killed My Father this week...fantastic book.


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