Top Ten Books That Make You Think
(About the World, Life, People, etc):
1. A General Theory of Crime – While I usually do not talk about my “other” life, I have a Master’s Degree in Sociology and I focused on Criminology. I was luck enough to study under Dr. Travis Hirschi and wrote my thesis (and the start of a dissertation) using the theory laid out in this book. I cut my theory teeth on this. I spent a huge portion of my 20s thinking about this book.
2. The Road – SPOILERS (Highlight below to read)
For weeks I asked everyone “What would you do? In a world like that? Would you leave your child alone or kill them before you died?” It was so interesting to see how people answered. There was definitely a gender divide with woman leaning toward killing and men leaning toward leaving the child to make it on their own
3. My Sister’s Keeper – As the mother of a daughter who only has one kidney, I wonder about the decisions we make for our children. What would we do? How far would we go? This story was devastating for me to read and made me wonder about all of the choices we make once we make the choice to have children.
4. The Sparrow – This will turn all of your assumptions on their head. It will make you ask questions about what it is to be human. It will make you think about your assumptions about language and knowledge. And it will break your heart while doing it.
5. American Gods – Are god forms created? If so, how are they created and how so they die. This book made me think long and hard about spirituality and divinity.
6. Enchantment – I am not sure this fits with what the intention of the theme is but, this book is one of the most wondrous modern fairy tales. It is beautiful and horrible and the language is vivid. But every time I think of it it is tainted by the vitriolic, awful person that is the author. So it makes me think about how much I need to hold my reading choices to a political standard. Do I not read this modern author because I find his positions so very deeply offensive? Do I only read his work when borrowed from the library so as not to support him monetarily? Does that only work if I donate the money I would have spent to a group who opposes what he believes? So yes this book makes me think, just not in the usual way.
7. The Handmaid’s Tale – If you have not read this, do. If you have not read this and been frightened, I am not sure if anything would scare you. This book and it premise was much more frightening for me then 100 Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees.
8. Love you Forever – This one is a point of contention with many moms I know. I argue it is sweet in the beginning but oh so creepy at the end. My friends think it is all sweet and loving.
9. American Savior – What would happen if Jesus came back and ran for president on a platform of “love one another?” My guess is that this book is not far off.
10. Sandman – Proof for me that graphic novels where indeed Novels.