Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday; Top Ten books that make you think...

It's been awhile since I've particpated in The Broke and the Bookish's weekly Tuesday meme and as I mentally promised to blog more in September I'm jumping in.  There were several on her list that I completely agreed with.  

1. The Book Thief-Death as a character was an amazing point-of-view to read from.  This should be required reading at the high school level.

2. Revolution-I didn't know much about the French  Revolution before reading this book and I had to do some research to make it all fit together.

3. One Thousand White Women-made me question my knowledge of Native Americans and our government.  Plus the whole book makes you feel like you are reading a true account and I kept having to tell myself "this is fiction, this is fiction..."

4. Along Way Gone: Ishmael Beah's tale of his years as a boy soldier in Sierra Leonne.  I had to stop many times to readjust my ideas and attitudes toward the human race.  My husband lived in Sierra Leonne as a young boy and we shared many in-depth conversations about this country.

5. The Poisonwood Bible-Challenged my ideas of what a family and faith meant.

6. The Lacuna-like Revolution this book made me search for more information about the artists and the time period, opening up a whole new era for me.

7. The Red Umbrella-I learned so much about Cuba and what it was like for immigrants to settle here.

8. The Newman's Own Organics guide to the good life-This was the first great book I read about being mindful of all that I did.  Simple things stuck with me like why preheat as the first step of a recipe.  Yes, we know that when baking something it is important to preheat but for cooking dinner there isn't a reason in a world for that oven to heating up the entire time I work on a casserole in order for it to cook properly.  If you lean toward organic this is an essential guide.

9. NutureShock-Made me rethink  how I teach and how I parent; mind-blowing and well-written.

10.  Stiltsville-A brilliant novel that shares so many snapshots of our world; women, gay, rich, poor, married, divorced, difficult and happy that you can't help but think more profoundly after reading this adult novel.