Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make you go hmmmm

A feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic: Top Ten Books That Make You Think:
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: This is probably my favorite Atwood novel to date. It really makes you think about women's rights. I mean, all Atwood novels to some extent, but this comes to the forefront of my mind.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: This book stayed in my mind for days. I have not personally known anyone who committed suicide, but this book makes you think about what they were going through and where their mindset was.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: Another great feminine piece. A lot is written in the Bible about men, but little about women. This historical fiction piece offers up a female perspective in Biblical times. I've recommended it over and over again.

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks: This book was an inspiration for me to write an award winning paper on feminism in the Islamic culture. Another highly recommended book!
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: This book makes me think about justice and doing what is right instead of what is easy. A fabulous novel. Also, I kind of had a little crush on Atticus Finch.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: This was my very first introduction into the dystopian genre. I remember it made such an impact on me, I read it again immediately.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: This book made me think a lot about the culture we live in, mainly our capitalist society. Everyone should read Rand at some point in their life.
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: This was my first introduction to Rand. It sure left an impression. It made me think about my personal values and why I valued them.
Night by Eli Wiesel: A heartbreaking story about the Jewish culture during the Holocaust. A very close family friend was born in a concentration camp, so this book holds a close place to my heart. I try very hard to ignore the Oprah sticker on it.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn: My favorite book out of the transcendentalist movement, though it is considered a "dark" transcendentalist piece. 

What books get your wheels turning?


  1. I need more Rand.
    LOVE The Giver.
    And remember loving Red Tent.

  2. Now this is really interesting list! I have read only 13 Reasons Why and I really like that book. I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird but I gave up. I'll have to read it for my lit classes anyway.
    Great list!

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    1. You should definitely give To Kill A Mockingbird another chance! It's one of my all time favorite reads! :)

  3. Great books...I think I read the red tent. I remember reading to kill a mockingbird in high school.

    1. I read the Red Tent in college, while in the midst of my OB rotation. I saw a copy of it lying on a "free" table of books the library was getting rid of. Back in nursing school, I didn't get to read many books for fun, so I savored this. I digress....Reading it during my OB rotation just gave me this whole feminist outlook on life. I almost decided to be a midwife at the time.

  4. These are some heavy books. Great list

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