Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks question is;

Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.) 

I think this is quite a difficult question to narrow down into 10 as in my opinion that what most books do; they make us think and they change opinions, so I've tried to narrow it down into books that had (to me) a really strong message that made an impact. (In no particular order).

1) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk. "The things you own, end up owning you". Just how materialistic are we?

2) Into The Wild - Jon Krakauer. There really is nothing stopping us from just picking up one day and going out to find beauty or purpose or meaning in the world, it does't have to be novelised.

3) 127 Hours - Aron Ralston. See above. The instinct to survive can make you do incredible things.

4) Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk. The way you look does not define who you are.

5) Fiesta - Earnest Hemingway. Love is not a fairytale, but "Isn't it pretty to think so."

6) 1984 - George Orwell. We are all under others control.

7) A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess. Violence is everywhere. It is senseless and consuming.

8) The Road - Cormac McCarthy. Love will always exist, even in the absence of all else. It can be a strength and a weakness, but what would we rather have? A loved one to share in despair? Or the ability to survive longer, alone.

9) Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland. "God is Nowhere. God is Now Here."

10) Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy. Women's rights have really come such a long way in the 120 or so years that this book was published.

What books changed the way you think? 


  1. 1984's on my list too!It's such a good book.
    Check out my list here

  2. That's a dark list you've got going on...I quite like it though. Have you read American Psycho? That will reinforce the materialistic issue (and the violence issue for that matter...). If you can read Survivor, you could probably get through American Psycho. Have you read Haunted by CP? Yikes!

    1. I have read both! I was going to put American Psycho up there but as you say, it deals with similar issues. Haunted is one of my favourites! I loved getting to know how twisted even the most regular seeming people can be, great book!
      Sophie x


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