T5W: Books With “Hard” Topics


It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week we are talking about books with “hard” topics, which could be anything from sexual assault, mental or some other kind of illness to really anything you can think about. There are so many books that would be great examples to talk about here, so let’s see which devastating stories I can find.


  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult
    This book is about the aftermath of a school shooting from various perspectives. I remember reading this one quite clearly and it was more than a little scary to see it broken down into components where you actually get the shooter …
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    I guess most of you know the movie and know that it’s about mental health. I thought it was a good book.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Murder and rape! All from the eyes of the victim! That book ruined my feels.
  4. The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and João Silva
    This is the real account of photo-journalists and their dilemma between capturing war regions and intervering in events.
  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Okay, this one I have talked about before, but I remain of the opinion that it dealt brilliantly with a really difficult topic. I am not sure I could handle a World War III and the books raises some interesting questions about all the things we wouldn’t be prepared for.

What are some books with difficult topics you can think of? Have you read any from my list?

42 thoughts on “T5W: Books With “Hard” Topics

  1. I didn’t read any of these books, but I saw the Silver Linings movie… it was okay I guess? It was enjoyable, but I didn’t fell in love with it. The first book about a shooting reminds me of one I read, called, Hate List, by, Jennifer Brown, I think? I’m not sure haha my memory is terrible. But it was kind of an heavy read.

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  2. Oh my goodness I really liked a Silver Linings Playbook. After I read it I went and saw the movie, and was horribly disappointed, because it changed so many critical elements in the book!
    And then Lovely Bones is a painfully good read of course! Haven’t read the others. I don’t do well with real-life hard topics – I get too emotional!

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    • The movie and the book are quite different. I watched it first and then read the book and was really shocked at how much they had changed too.
      Real-life emotional topics are super difficult, but I am not good with all the deaths and cliffhangers in fantasy novels either hahaha


  3. A lot of the books I read tend to deal with hard topics. Hard topics also tend to be in the stories I write. I even wrote a novel that at times freaked me out because of the subject matter, Laura Horn. I wonder what people will say when that book gets out.


    • I agree, to me it makes the books more precious if they manage to really hit you with their topic. However, I also have to be in the right mood for them. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Ooh I really enjoyed Silver Linings too. Though to be honest I think I preferred the movie a bit better. Just because it lacked all the boring football scenes. And Jennifer and Bradley are so good together! I really want to read the Lovely Bones, I need to move it up my TBR. I’ve heard great things. Love this topic and your answers 🙂

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  5. I haven’t read any of these but I do like books that deal with “hard” topics really well. I am definitely intrigued by Nineteen Minutes and The Lovely Bones though, so I guess I will add them to my endless TBR :0

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