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10 Books That Made Me Think


1. The Pause by John Larkin

It’s been a little while since I read this book, but I still think about it as one of those books that should be mandatory for everyone to read. The way this book reveals two different senarios affected by one moment, is so powerful.


2. Wonder by R.J Palico

I think this book does something really important in the way it deliberately doesn’t give us much in the way of Auggie’s appearance. Don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m interested to see the movie, because we’ll get that visual straight away. 


3. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

In comparison to most on this list, this book is nonfiction. But the concept of everyday sexism, the stories and the facts that this book offers definitely changed me. I don’t look at sexism or feminism the same way. Because hearing the stories and learning that other women feel this way as well, it’s so important. 


4. Because of You by Pip Harry

This book follows two stories, one of a homeless teen and one of a teen volunteer. You can read my review, and listen to Michelle and I chat with Pip over on Better Words. I think the discussion about homelessness, particularly teen and women’s homelessness needs to be more prominent. 


5. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Destiny, life and the universe. That’s what this book makes you think about. Everything. 


6. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Do people who do the wrong thing deserve to be punished? How do we decide how wrong it is? Are these actions legal crimes or just morally wrong? Flawed is an incredible book about this whole other world where people who do morally wrong things are literally branded as flawed. Made me think so much about right and wrong and the thin line between them. 


7. The Circle by Dave Eggers 

I loved this book! You can read my review here, but basically it’s about this technology company and social media. There’s lots of different monitoring, live streaming and social media platforms that I found really interesting. It really made me think about the power of social media and the internet. Are books like this a warning? Will the world end up this way? How do we make sure we don’t? 


8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

This one is probably a tad more specific to me, but this book made me think a lot about friendship. I’ve probably said similar things in other blog posts, but I really think I read this book at the right time. The way it deals with changing friendship dynamics and different relationships from different perspectives. Plus there’s some really good quotes in there. 


9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni

I read this book in high school, for English class. A fantastic book, its the only ‘school’ book that I’ve reread. I’m pretty sure that before this, I didn’t know that much about Afghan culture or Islamic religion. It’s a beautiful story, but it’s also an important one to tell. It’s important to understand and be educated about other cultures and religions, because I believe that most racism and hate stems from ignorance. 


10. Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

My current read, this book had me thinking from the first page! I feel like I’m questioning everything in my childhood that might have affected the way I think about, am presenting and understand gender. 

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3 thoughts on “10 Books That Made Me Think

  1. I haven’t read any of these but quite a few of them seem interesting! One book that totally made me think was one I read in middle school called “The Wind Blows Backward” and I thought about it for YEARS afterward. Over ten years later I finally tracked it down to buy and reread. It was the first book that exposed me to mental illness and depression and I just remember it made me feel a ton of different things. Looks like some of these books might do the same. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I’ve never read any of those books before, but I definitely like the idea of reading a book that makes you think! I can’t think of a book off the top of my head that made me think, but I will definitely check out the ones in your list!

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