Broke and Bookish. This weeks is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you). I'm finding this one quite difficult so it's gonna be as many as I can think of. I try to avoid 'realistic' books that deal with tough subjects. I'm such a baby. So, in no particular order:
- Harry Potter series (J. K. Rowling) - A series which deals with grief, murder, adolescent fame, being orphaned and being hunted by the most dangerous wizard in the world. For what began as a children's series it is amazing how dark the majority of the themes are within the book.
- The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) - A book which deals with cancer, loss, grief. This was probably one of the most upsetting books that I have recently read for a long time. It was brutally honest with no sugar coating. A beautiful but sad, sad book.
- Lover Awakened (J. R. Ward) - The third book within the Blackdagger Brotherhood series. This book reveals the torturous past of the brother Zsadist. This is the book that made him my favourite brother. It deals with rape, imprisonment, slavery, torture, mental abuse. To the present day within the series he carries his scars - physically and mentally.
- Stolen (Kelley Armstrong) - The second book within the Women of the Otherworld series. This book deals with the kidnap of Elena by psychopathic scientists. There are so many tough subjects within this book. It deals with blackmail, imprisonment, grief, child kidnap, sexual harassment. Dark stuff.
- Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters) - This is a neo-Victorian (modern writers writing about and exploring the Victorian age) and it deals with some pretty hefty issues with regards to sexuality. It deals with sexuality, prostitution, grief, heartbreak, loss, poverty. It's a book about struggle and the fight to accept your true identity. I loved it.
- Hottentot Venus (Barbara Chase-Ribould) - Another neo-Victorian book. I didn't enjoy this book. I honestly don't think it's possible to. It's not a bad book, not at all, but the issues within it are far too rough to enjoy reading it. It's based on a true story of a black woman which was enslaved by the British colony. Race, sexuality, appearance, objectification, isolation, grief, drugs. All of these are explored within this book. Sarah Baartman is there to be ogled, laughed at and to disgust people. It's such an uncomfortable read.
- The Casual Vacancy (J. K. Rowling) - Rowling's first step away from Harry Potter; she really couldn't have gotten much further if she'd tries. A book which contains all of the everyday social politics and issues of a country; it contains many uncomfortable truths about poverty, drugs, adolescents, cheating, lying, scheming. It really does have it all.
- Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier) - A book that deals with loss, murder, death and the fight of one woman to drag her new husband out of the past which involved his now deceased ex wife. It's beautifully written and deals with so many issues. I recommend du Maurier to everyone!
This is my list. Another one to add is a general theme which ANYTHING that refers to anxiety or panic attacks in any way shape or form gets me. I find it incredibly difficult to distance myself from the characters when they are going through that when it is so, so familiar to me. I tend to try and avoid them before my own heart rate joins theirs haha.
The toughest book I have read so far is John Green's The Fault in our Stars. What's the toughest book you guys have read?