Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
This week’s topic is ten books that made you want to do something, or books that made you want to learn about one thing or another. I think this is a wonderful, albeit difficult topic- books have the ability to open us up to such wonderful ideas and worlds if only we let them wash over us and let them under our skins. I’m interested to see how I’ll fare as the topic goes along- as of right now, I’m not sure which books will make the list.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Made me want to give my parents the biggest hug. The Book Thief is devastating, but also alarmingly jarring to the realities of life: it’s short, it’s sudden, it’s unpredictable and everything can change in the blink of an eye.
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt; The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
These two books made me want to read more Southern fiction. Disturbing, provocative and rather uncomfortable in their thick depths, but so eerie and atmospheric that it was difficult for me to fully get out of the settings of both these novels.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Made me want to learn more about both the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and what Iran was like before it. Iran shares a border with the country I was born and raised in, yet I was largely unaware of the extent of the suppression happening in Iran. Persepolis really made me want to learn more about the situation.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Perks is one of my favorite books of all-time, simply because it was so thought-provoking, so devastating and wonderfully written in all its simplicity. It was my first exposure to hard-hitting themes in literature- stuff like homophobia and mental illness. It opened my eyes to a lot of things, and was a cornerstone in my later interest in the psychological repression of traumatic memories.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Made me want to get into reading more thrillers. I’ve always liked thrillers in film and TV, but I wasn’t a big thriller-reader until I picked up Gone Girl last summer. Since then, there’s little else I want to read in the summers.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (Wtf)
Honestly, though. When I first read the Twilight series, all I wanted to do was move to Forks. Actually, I’d move to Forks in a second even now. I love the rain, and it has some breath-taking woods and landscaping, and after having lived in a huge city, I think it might be endearing to live in a tiny town.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Predictable. This one made me want to go on a road trip across the United States. I recently did travel from New York to Toronto, but it was an exhausting nine-hour long trip with my parents, rather than a road trip with a cute guy with frequent stops all across the country.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Oh, look at that. Matson’s appeared twice on my list, and I actually think her books are rather average. But this one made me want to find a crazy friend who’d disappear (and be safe!) and leave me an awesome bucket list that I could complete. I’ve never completed a challenge list or anything- I imagine it to be… liberating.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
This one made me want to learn more about East Asian (specifically Chinese) discrimination in American history. I know Chinese-immigrants had to go through some awful prejudice in the past, but I had never really known its extent. Bray’s book made me want to look into the laws passed in America that were blatantly discriminatory towards Chinese citizens.