|Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.|
This week, top ten Tuesday asks us to share ten books that really make us think. Well, I would like to be all fancy and declare that every book I read really makes me think, and, on some level, that's certainly true, since one cannot read without thinking. However, some books I read in a perpetual state of glazed boredom. Such books will not earn a place on this list. What I'm going here are for the books that really pushed my understanding of the world, and that I remember more than others because of that. Also, this might be my chance to show how smart I am by showing some of the more complex books I've read, so bear with me.
Today, I'm feeling lazy about pictures, so it's just a list, but I'll link you up to GR and Amazon.
1. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (Goodreads|Amazon)
2. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Goodreads|Amazon)
3. Eleven Minutes - Paolo Coelho (Goodreads|Amazon)
4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer (Goodreads|Amazon)
5. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (Goodreads|Amazon)
6. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster (Goodreads|Amazon)
7. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit - Daniel Quinn (Goodreads|Amazon)
8. An Instance of the Fingerpost - Iain Pears (Goodreads|Amazon)
9. The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Goodreads|Amazon)
10. What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (Goodreads|Amazon)
- Yup, pompous. Look who read all of The Gulag Archipelago. Be impressed, folks.
- Most of these I've read more than once.
- Over half I read for school.
- Eight are adult books; only two aim at children or teens, though a couple more were just off the list, so top 15 or 20 would have a better age disparity.
- Books that make you think tend to be depressing.