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Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is top ten books that surprised you, in either a good or a bad way. You know how I am being a rebel these past TTT posts? 😀 So yet again I am giving a little twist to today’s topic and instead I am talking about ten books with strong social messages that impacted me in one way or another.
Books are not there only for our enjoyment. In spite of enjoyment, they also contain so many beautiful things to learn. I like the books of the second kind more which speaks about any particular issue and make me think about it. Here is my list of ten such books that I read in quite recently (last year and this year) and impacted me in some way.
Ten Books With Strong Social Messages That Impacted Me
Are you even surprised that this book is on top of my list? 😀 I posted the review of this book just yesterday and it is evident enough how much I loved it. Yes, this book was sweet and adorable. But behind this sweetness is underlying some basic issues that today’s teen face in their lives. There is the concept of bullying, teenager drinking problems, and social issues. But the most important thing that this book teaches, is how important it is to come out and show people what you actually are. It is not just for gay people, but instead for all of us. Often we are afraid of showing our true selves to others thinking what they will think of us. yes, there would be issues and rejections, but there would be a day when people will start realizing your true self. It made me think that perhaps it is not that easy for someone to tell you something which you had taken lightly. It also tells you how fragile relationships are these days. They also are tested with time.
I was so conflicted with my opinions about this book. Most of the things I liked about the story but there were a few things which were just out of the box. But the thing that I surely liked and was the reason for me to introduce it in this list is the underlying topic that this book wanted to discuss. And the topic was increasing rate of divorces in our society. this is such a heavy topic. In my country, the divorce is not that common as it is in the west. The frequency of such kids whose parents are still together is less as compared to what’s in my country. This book gives you the reason behind that increasing frequency. I liked how the concept of “The Pact” was introduced to save marriages. Though the concept was weird enough, I like how the basic rules were stated that can actually help the couples to reignite and maintain their love for each other.
This book is mainly famous for its “love at first sight” or “instalove” trope. But if you have read this book you can clearly tell that this book is much more than just instalove. This story is more about life than it is about love. It tells you that whatever decision you make, is going to affect not just your present but your future too. You don’t really have any control over your future but you can set a course of action for yourself. Giving up is not an option. This book also contains lots of diversity and tells the struggles of immigrants whether they are documented or undocumented. Each has their own story to tell the world and no matter how hard they try to fit in, there is always that weird feeling. The loneliness and mental health issues were also highlighted.
Many of you might not be familiar with this book because it’s an Indian author’s book and is not that famous. I think I was lucky to get this book as a review copy. This book surprised me with its underlying theme. And that theme is physical and mental abuse in a marriage. This story is so common in my country. I have heard many cases like this where women fall into an abusive marriage and actually have a hard time getting through it. The scenes depicted in this book were so real that I often was shooked. I was glad for the main protagonist that she came out of that relationship. But when she married for the second time, though her husband was supportive, she was not able to leave her past and was struggling to adjust in the new relation. This is what an abusive relationship does to you. You are not able to get out of that trauma easily, not without the support of your family and the close ones.
Almost everyone knows about this book considering it was so hyped last year. In fact, it was my favourite of 2017. This book was something else. More than the story, it was about the main character and her mental illness. I have never read any story with such strong depiction of mental illness. Within the starting pages itself I was so engrossed in Aza that I felt myself in her head. The things she was thinking and all her anxiety, I was actually able to feel them. I don’t know how John Green do this, but he wrote this beautifully. Though I have never faced any anxiety issue or mental illness, I was still able to connect to Aza. I was able to connect to every action of hers. It was certainly overwhelming to think of living a life having such anxieties.
I don’t think that I have ever read a book like this which literally gave me chills, right from the beginning, just within 150 pages. Just check out my review and the first opening line of the book itself will make you realize how strong this story was. Unlike rest of the books in this list, there is no particular social issue mentioned in here (except the lives of women living as Meera Sadhus in Vrindavan). In fact, this book talks about the side-effects of love. Love, which is considered as the purest feeling, can have the dangerous side-effects too and the author has portrayed those effects beautifully. Love, like everything else, is also better if it is within certain limits. But when it becomes an obsession, it is hard to control. That possessive love can destroy many lives and many futures.
This book or rather a novella was so like a mirror to a typical middle-class Indian family. And the best thing was it is written in a way that it is suitable for the foreign audience too as much it is for Indians. You won’t find any epic story or great characters in this one, but still, you would like it. This is a simple story depicting how money can change your life and your relationships. Once you become rich, everything revolves around that and in turn, often your relationships suffer. This book literally made me think how fragile the relationships are in this world.
This book was amazing. I have said this before and I am saying this again, don’t go over the title of the book! Yes, this book involves little erotic content but that is only within the stories being told in this book. This book has so much diversity and underlying social issues. The situation of Punjabi immigrants living in London has been depicted beautifully. It has been shown that how in spite of living there for a generation hasn’t changed their Indian mindset. The present generation still has to face that mindset.Also, I loved how it is shown beautifully that despite being a window, you still can have the sexual desires and there is no need to be ashamed of it or to suppress it. Another major issue shown is the honor killing. This issue is still prominent in some parts of India but I hadn’t expected it to be still present among people living in London. That is certainly sad to read. There is a certain gang of “brotherhood” who call themselves the protector of the community while their main job is to keep a check on girls. This is seriously a horrifying situation.
This book needs no introduction. There is certainly something that it garnered the position of being a much loved classic. I loved the relationship of Atticus with his children. It is important for today’s parents to understand the importance of giving good learning to their kids so that they can be strong even in hard situations. The underlying theme of the book was, however, the racial injustice that was prominent in America in that decade. I guess, there is still this racial discrimination in many parts. I was shocked to read that horrifying incident in the book. It was hard to believe that how black lives hadn’t mattered those days even if they were innocent. But you can certainly be free if you are whit. That was really disgusting.
Another favourite read from 2017. This book was beautiful. Though it was a middle-grade book, it made me realize the importance of being kind. We humans often tend to ignore the feeling of others and often hurt them. This book tells you how important it is to be kind, even more, important than being truthful. I also like how the author depicted that it’s okay to be different, even if you don’t look like others. Everything is not about your face and sometimes it is your deeds that matter more. So don’t judge others by their faces.
Is there any other book that you want to share with strong mention of social issues?
Do you like reading books having this kind of issues?
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