Monday, March 9, 2015

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Books that make you think

Every Tuesday the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish host a book related Top 10.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Top Ten books for readers who like _______” .  I chose books that make you think.

Top Ten

Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti

When I first read this I really agreed with much of what Valenti pointed out, but was also a little offended by other points.  This books is a really interesting look at the challenges facing parents in the US and provides some perspective that many will find offensive, but if you can read with an open mind is a very healthy perspective.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

The closest I’ll ever come to doing drugs was reading this book.  It’s just a unique reading experience.

Exile by Richard North Patterson

A lot of Mideastern history woven into a trial/semi mystery book. 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I don’t think Gone Girl requires explanation here.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Very intricate story about how the gods of old times are struggling in the US because so few people here believe in them. 

The Devil’s Mixtape by Mary Borselino

There are three paragraphs about how we as a society treat teenage girls that is genius and has changed how I react to certain new events.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Lots of thoughts on missionary work, politics in Africa, and family dynamics.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

If case you don’t know – the concept of this one is that a guy has an opportunity to go back in time and stop the JFK assassination.  I spent the whole books thinking about what would have changed in our history.  It also made me think about what would be different now if someone could have stopped other historic events, such as 9/11.

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Questions about nature vs nurture. Do the emotions of the mother during pregnancy affect the personality of a child? 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

This has a fascinating representation into how the gods pre-Christianity were woven into the present day church as saints.  Not the exact gods/saints represented in this book, but it was easier to get people to accept Christianity if they saw some of their own mythology within it.  (ergo gargoyle's on churches to ward of evil spirits, Christmas lining up with Winter Solstice, etc).

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Makes me think about the precarious position of women in society and how little it would take for things to change.

Bonus:  Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia doesn’t try to fit into our expectations of what a pastor should be: the picture on the cover shows off her tattoos and the first word of the book is “shit”. But she really illustrates that God is everywhere – not just a church.  But I think the strength of this book is that Nadia admits she doesn’t know all the answers. That God is meant to be unknowable and instead of faking anything she’s just very honest about her experiences and feelings.  This allows the reader to think and question.


  1. Sounds like quite the mixture of books; none of which I have read. It's very interesting seeing what other book-lovers are consuming. :) Aidyl @ Noveltea

  2. Great choices! The Poisonwood Bible and Pastrix are two of my favorites!

    1. Semi rare to get love back for Pastrix:) Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love your description of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas... I read that years ago and when we went to Vegas, had to go down to some of the old casinos to try to imagine what it would have been like to be at Circus Circus on lots of drugs. It would not have been pretty, lol! I'm so ashamed to say that I could never make it through Poisonwood Bible. I think part of the problem was I tried to read in while I was in grad school and the only pleasure reading I could handle at that time was romances, really. Do you think I should try again?

    1. Poisonwood Bible took me four tries. When I finally read it over 6 weeks. Just knocked out a hour or two every weekend. But I'm obviously really glad I persevered.

  4. Nice list of books for this week's TTT post!! The Poisonwood Bible, Grave Mercy & The Handmaid's Tale are all awesome reads!! Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

  5. What a great idea for a list. We need to talk about Kevin is such a great call. It was horrifying and scary in many ways! I love your description of fear and loathing in Las Vegas... maybe I should read it ;-) I would also add Quiet by Susan McCain to this list. It certainly was a thinking book for me.

    1. I will never reread Kevin but it's high on my list of favorites. I'll definitely add Quiet to my list.