All right! Today’s topic is Books That Made You Think.
This one is especially hard for me because I tend to figure out plots pretty quickly. *Ahem* the humility is overwhelming, I know, but really I LOVE to dig into my writer brain as I am reading and try to puzzle out what’s going on. I don’t always get it right, but I’d say that I can hit pretty close the majority of the time. I would try to give you a percentage, but me + numbers = nothing good. <<< See I can get a word equation going, but try to add numbers in there, and we have a real problem. I could probably confuse John Nash or Will Hunting. I know…told you it’s bad.
Nothing, though, is more disappointing than to be plot sleuthing and realize at the end that it was a let down. I won’t share those books with you though. That would just be rude.
So, without further ado. My Top 5:
1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – Let’s just say this was not what I expected in the least. My gloating brain had it figured out, but NO Pearson decided to be tricky. It is up to the reader, really. What you interpret as one thing, someone else with interpret as another thing entirely. I loved having my #writenight pal and friend Sara Ella read this. She saw things SO differently than I did. The turn in this book dumped me on my head, and I loved it.
2. Stolen by Lucy Christopher – This one was hard for me to read. Okay…with that said, here’s why: Without spoiling anything, (this is in the book description on Amazon), our narrator has been kidnapped by a long-time stalker. This book will cause you to open your eyes. Be aware of the world around you. It will challenge you to see a protagonist/antagonist relationship from a girl under extreme duress, and even struggle with the emotions that go along with the situation. In my happy world things would be black and white, but that is just not the state of things. A balance exists between the cut and dry—whether I like it or not—and this book forces the reader to grapple with a very difficult turning of events.
3. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – I adored this book. I haven’t read a character like Sage in well…never have I read a character like him. Yes, I said “him.” So, confession: I read mostly YA and mostly books from a heroine’s perspective. I just love when the girl kicks butt and takes names, but Nielsen did a spectacular job of introducing me to a boy who is complex and compelling. Not to mention the plot is stellar and had me going: “Hmm?! YAY! Oh MY Goodness!!!” by the end.
4. Storm Siren by Mary Weber – I’ve reviewed this book, but just want to say again: THE PLOT TWISTS!!!
5. The Jewel by Amy Ewing – This is another that will rip you from your comfortable cushioned world, and make you ask yourself very hard questions. I would not recommend it for everyone because there are some very serious topics that arise. So, if you have teens make sure to be a companion reader on this one. However, I will say that is well written (great characters/plot/point of view), and I am challenged by what this author chose to address.
Here is a complete list of Wednesday-er’s on Goodreads. What books make you think? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment, and we can chat about it!