Top Ten Tuesdays: Books that exhausted me for whatever reason, but I am still glad I read

Top Ten Tuesday book meme

Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week, the topic is actually about the books we’re glad we read even though we hated them, but I tweaked that to be able the books that wrung me out and left me emotionally exhausted by the end, and I may never read them again, but I’m glad I picked them up int he first place. It’s a bit of a mouthful I know!

Lullaby:  This is a book about how a nanny murders the children in her care. I was hesitant, but curious and the characterisation here is what made the book still stick with me.

The ones that disappeared: This is the story of three children who escape the drug gang holding them prisoner – Fraillon’s writing wrung me out because my heart thundered for these kids, and I was kind of afraid for them every time I turned the page.

A cardboard palace: Kids in trouble – little ones who find the strength to continue do me in. Like Jorge, who is homeless In Paris and does everything he can to survive, and to help his friends survive. This author and Fraillon mentioned above nailed the voice of these young ones too

Promising Azra: Yeah, it’s another book about kids – about a 16yo who wants a life for herself, lived for her needs but her parents are already arranging her marriage. She loves her parents but is faced with a terrible decision.

South of Forgiveness: This is a non-fiction book/memoir. Thordis Elva was raped by her boyfriend when she was a teenager, but it’s only years later that she’s able to articulate what happened to her to him, and to make a decision to seek peace and to forgive when they meet in Cape Town.

Little Deaths: Set in the 196s, this follows the Ruth Malone, whose two kids are kidnapped and killed and she is immediately presumed guilty because of she’s a woman who doesn’t conform to men’s ideal of what a woman and a grieving mother should be. The ending heaped a solid chunk of aggravation on me for what Ruth went through – and the real woman’s experience this was based on.

No Virgin: This is the story of a rape, about Stacey who has to come to terms with what happened to her – it’s written as her diary, which makes all the more intimate.

Good Me Bad Me: this is emotionally exhausting because the author had me TORN between feeling sorry for our MC and being afraid of her. It’s such a good read!

The Power: this takes you into a world where women literally have the power – an electrical power that makes them stronger than men, and everything you’ve read, seen and experienced yourself as a woman? In this world, this is what men go through. It’s the good and bad of women in power, but it’s a thought-provoking book.

What’s on your list?


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