Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ttt: books that make you think

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is top ten books that make you think. Like many participants, I'm sure, most of the books that popped into my head first were science fiction, speculative fiction, and dystopian novels. And nonfiction, of course, but I tried to limit those choices because they almost felt like cheating. Nonfiction books are often written purely to make you think. But it's a great novel that not only entertains, but sparks discussion about life and the world around us.

SPOILERS: If you haven't read the books I list and don't want anything spoiled, don't read the "What It Made Me Think About" sections. The keywords I list give away major plot points.

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

1. Revolutionary Road (by Richard Yates)

What It Made Me Think About: Suburban Life, Parenthood, Unexpected Pregnancy, Dreams.

2. The Defining Decade (by Meg Jay)

What It Made Me Think About: Twenties, Life Timelines, Cohabitation, Job Searching, Money.

3. Never Let Me Go (by Kazuo Ishiguro) (ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES!)

What It Made Me Think About: Clones, Art, Souls, Organ Donation, Friendship.

4. Eats, Shoots and Leaves (by Lynne Truss)

What It Made Me Think About: Punctuation and Grammar.

5. Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley)

What It Made Me Think About: Sexuality, Drugs, Conditioning, Social Classes.

6. 1984 (by George Orwell)

What It Made Me Think About: History, Big Brother, Torture, Government Power, Deception.

7. The Handmaid's Tale (by Margaret Atwood)

What It Made Me Think About: Societal Roles, Women's Roles, Sex, Government Power.

8. Fahrenheit 451 (by Ray Bradbury)

What It Made Me Think About: Censorship, Books, Media.

9. The Giver (by Lois Lowrey)

What It Made Me Think About: Emotion, Color, Knowledge, Secrets.

10. The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins) (NOTE: I still need to finish this book)

What It Made Me Think About: Religion, Science, Evolution, God, History


  1. This is such a great list. I am gonna check out the ones I have not heard/read!

    Happy Reading!! Here is my Top Ten post!

  2. The Giver is a great pick. I'm supposed to read the Handmaid's Tale for my women's studies class soon-- looking forward to it! Great list.

    My Top Ten

    1. I hope you like it! It's a great story and since so many of those sci-fi books revolve around men (1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451), it's great to read one about women :)

  3. The Handmaid's Tale is a great answer. I wish that I had included it on my list this week. I still haven't read Never Let Me Go, although I think that is has been on my TBR for almost as long as any other book.

    1. Read it! It's so well done and very unlike other sci-fi books. Which is why I love it, really. It has the themes of sci-fi within the drama of literary fiction. The movie's well done as well (though not as good as the book)!

  4. I love Revolutionary Road! That is absolutely perfect for a list like this.

    Never Let Me Go sounds really interesting. I'll have to add that to my ever growing TBR list!

    1. Do! It's a great read. Thoughtful, interesting, and very well written. And I loved Revolutionary Road too, even if it made me depressed!


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