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Top Ten Books That Made Me Think

Books that inspire instead of just entertain are hard to come by. I loved creating this list of books that made me evaluate things I always accepted as truth.

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Top Ten Books That Made Me Think

books that made me think


1A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickinson – More than anything else, this book opened my eyes to a lot of history I wasn’t super familiar with. Like the hardships people endured during the French Revolution. Ugh.

2The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy– Thought #1, don’t sell your wife in a bar while drunk. Also, contemplate redemption and bad decisions.

3The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut– Vonnegut is such a weirdo. A brillant weirdo. I thought a lot about religion, Mars and the future due to this novel.

4Tuck Everylasting by Natalie Babbit– Thinking about forever and what that would really look like. This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time.

5The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky– I read this during my freshman year of college, so it had some strange parallels for me in a way- although I’m not really introverted…at all.

6Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony – There was a huge mystery factor going on in this book, so I took out my Sherlock Holmes hat and tried to figure out what was up…I never did figure it out.

7Uglies by Scott Westerfieldβ€” I’m almost finished reading this book, and I’ve started to think so much about appearances and how much they let them matter. It’s a seriously fantastic book!

8Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronteβ€” This book made me think in the sense that the language it was written in was really tough for me to get through (I think I was 13 at the time). It was a great challenge.

9Delirium by Lauren Oliverβ€” I had a super serious moment reading this book. I really thought about love and relationships and how important our ties to each other are.

10Modelland by Tyra Banks– Mainly what this book made me think was: “Did anyone even READ this book before going into print?”

What book have you read that made you question life, reading or something less deep?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I’ve been wanting to read Tuck Everlasting for quite some time, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

    Great list; thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Priya

    I read A Mayor of Casterbridge recently and the only thought I kept having over and over was regret for having read it. If happiness was so rare, I would rather have run after it than waste time on a book that tells me that! But that’s just me. I can’t believe I didn’t add Tuck Everlasting to my list – it has to be the most haunting story I’ve ever read, it really made me think. I agree with you, I was around 14 when I read Jane Eyre and it was a bit challenge for me too.

    • I thought the Mayor of Casterbridge was sad but had an interesting look at one man’s (terrible) life. Crazy.

  • Enjoyed reading your thoughts about the various books. I’m going to have to add A Mayor of Casterbridge to my classics reading list. From the conversation, it sounds pretty interesting.

  • HelΓ¨ne Ouwehand

    Uglies made my list too and I agree with that it’s a fantastic read!

    My TTT

  • I remember watching Tuck Everlasting (the 1981 version) in school when I was younger, and I always wanted to read the book. Especially with the way that the movie made me think about things.

    ~Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

  • Anonymous

    I almost added Delirium to my list, but then decided one Lauren Oliver book was enough. I’m just getting ready to start Uglies–it sounds amazing! Great list! Here’s my TTT!

  • I really need to read The perks of being a Wallflower!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I saw the trailer for the movie and I fell in love with it! And Tuck Everlasting! OMG, I saw the movie and it was so so beautiful. I was little but I still remember all the questions that I’ve made myself after the movie finished. Talking about leaving an impression πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    hahaha Love your thoughts concerning Modelland. There have been a couple of celebrity books I have thought that about!