Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Deal Well with Tough Topics

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When I originally saw this topic on the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge List, I thought it would be an easy one. It turns out that most of the books I’ve read recently have not been about tough topics, and the ones I have read are not necessarily titles I’d recommend. So I had to dig deeply into my reading history to answer this prompt.

Title and Author: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Issues It Covers: Racism, Police Corruption, and Injustice

Title and Author: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Issues It Covers: Second Wave Feminism, Sexism, and Mental Health

Title and Author: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto
Issues It Covers: Gender, Medical Malpractice, and Mental Health

Title and Author: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Issues It Covers: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, and Racism

Title and Author: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud
Issues It Covers: Mental Health, Unhealthy Interpersonal Relationships, Toxic People

Title and Author: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Issues It Covers: Grief

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17 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Deal Well with Tough Topics

  1. I deal with enough tough topics in real life that I tend to shy away from books that deal with them. That said, you have a great list here today.

  2. I only recognize one of these (“The Hate U Give”) but it looks like a really good, well-rounded list. Thanks! One of these days I’ll get my website fixed and can start doing these again!

  3. Dear Martin is another good one that deals with racism through the eyes of a teen. Good list.

  4. I read The Bell Jar several years ago, but it was my reaction to A Monster Calls last year that I didn’t expect. I sobbed like an absolute baby!

    • Yeah, that book is a real tearjerker. Have you seen the film based on it? (Or maybe it was the film you checked out instead of the book?)

      • I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the movie yet. I wanted to, but I knew I needed a break after reading the book. It’s definitely on my list for the near future though. If you’ve seen it, what did you think of the adaptation? The cast is super promising.

  5. amanda

    ive been dying to read the bell jar this year its a goal

  6. Thanks for stopping by and for the recommendation. I’ll have to give it a try!

  7. A Monster Calls has been recommended to me so many times. I keep meaning to read it but it just hasn’t happened yet.

  8. Good list. I’ve often thought I should try The Bell Jar.

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