7 Days of Top 7 is a week-long feature hosted by the BookTuber Book Roast. The idea is pretty self-explanatory. Each day this week participants will share their top seven picks for the given prompt. Today we are talking about the 7 most thought-provoking books.
1. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.
This is a story about a brother and sister falling in love. It’s really brutal and really, REALLY upsetting. It’s a book that haunted me for a while after reading it.
2. The Program by Suzanne Young.
This is another book that stuck with me for a long time after I finished reading it. It looks at the phenomenon of cluster suicides and combines that with over-surveillance and thought-policing. I thought it was gripping and so, so sad.
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This is a book any white person should read, especially those of us who are astonished by the racism we’re seeing on our televisions. This book is very present in today’s conflicts while also giving you a broader scope to see that this has been happening forever.
4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty.
This is both a memoir about working in a crematorium and also a nonfiction book about death practices. It gave me a lot to chew on with regards to my own beliefs about death and also the way America’s practices affect the earth.
5. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
This takes a look at grief, math, family, and wormholes. I am such a nerd when it comes to the subject matter in here, plus it was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It makes you think about the ways loss can shatter the world around you.
6. How to UnCage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block.
This is a collection of poetry and one that really spoke to me. It’s a mix of classic poetry and what we call contemporary or modern poetry right now. A good amount of it was focused on motherhood and it honestly felt like I was breaking in half while reading it.
7. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.
Dangerous Girls is a thriller with a surprise ending and a good amount of twists and red herrings to keep you guessing. It’s also a look at friendship and feminism and toxic masculinity and rape culture. I love this book to bits and pieces and it really makes you think about the criminal justice system.
1. Little Peach by Peggy Kearn
Oh my god, this book just broke me into tiny pieces. It was a heartbreaking book about girls ending up as child prostitutes. Of course, I always knew this happened, but to read a book about it was an experience that I’ll never forget. It was harrowing, heartbreaking & it really made me think.
2. Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore Stultz
I did a lot of thinking while reading this book and then after finishing this book. I am the biological daughter of an addict and this book helped me in ways that I never thought possible. Am I ever going to be totally healed? No of course not, but this book helped me in ways I never expected.
3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
This book guys, holy crap on a cracker. It was one of the most thought provoking books I’ve ever read. It brought so many issues to the forefront of my brain. It made me think about my life in ways I never had before. It challenged all of my assumptions.
4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijikamp
This book made me think a lot. I had a horrible high school experience. I was bullied relentlessly and nothing ever really happened to the bullies. Yet, grabbing my stepfather’s gun, bringing to school and shooting people never entered my mind. I kept wondering why. Why I handled it the way I did and why I didn’t do anything more drastic. Also, why would anyone retaliate in the way the shooter in this book did.
5. Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
This book was the biggest mind-fuck I read the year it was released. I find myself still thinking about it and thinking about doing a reread. This book was nothing like anything I had ever read before and I found myself thinking about the twists weeks, even months, later.
6. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
I am all for girls sticking it to the boys, so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. I loved watching their friendships develop as they worked together to pay back the boys who had wronged them in different ways. This book made me think a lot more about friendships and the effects hurtful words have on people.
7. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I was never quite sure what was going on with this book, and the ending sure didn’t help. But it did make me think a lot about grief, which I don’t have a lot of experience with. It did so in a different way than other book ever has.
What are some of your most thought-provoking books?