Top Ten Tuesday! (23)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:
Top Ten Books That Make You Think!
Here are the top 11 books that I have read and analyzed and loved because of hidden messages and meanings.  These are books that will definitely make you think about the philosophy of life.

1.   Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse:  This is a novel about a personal journey of self-discovery.  Siddhartha is searching for something he believes in, and along the way he discovers exactly what life has to offer.  This novel is a spiritual journey for both the character and the reader.

2.  Genesis by Bernard Beckett:  This a book that is literally mind blowing!  It makes you rethink everything you know about reality.  I will be reviewing this book soon, but if you are in the mood for a short philosophical book with a killer ending, then look no further than this.

3.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel:  An interesting novel that questions what is real and what is imaginary.  Definitely a must-read, especially with the movie adaptation coming out very soon.

4.  Democracy by Joan Didion:  This novel is interesting from a geography analysis as well as an analysis of the identity of the narrator.  And the story development is good, too.  There is a lot of focus on politics, but look beyond it and you find many lessons pertinent to today.
 
5.  Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy:  By far one of my favorite novels of all time.  An end of the world novel, this story captures the essence of what it is like to reflect upon your decisions in your life.  This novel is full of science vs. religion questions that I think you will be surprised about.
6.  The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon:  The world is a tapestry….You will find out exactly what that means in this symbolism-filled journey that is quite unpredictable.

7.  My Sister’s Keeper (and others) by Jodi Picoult:  The very first Jodi Picoult novel I read.  This, along with all of her novels, make you think about current issues of today in a new light.  Add twists and unexpected turns and you have some great novels.

8.  The Giver by Lois Lowry:  This was my first dystopia novel.  I read it when I was in 5th grade, and it has stayed with me ever since.  This novel challenges the thought of a world without pain and suffering.  Definitely makes you think.

9.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison:  One of the most influential works of literature of the 20th century.  Paints a very vivid picture of the problems of racial identity. Extremely powerful, extremely thought-provoking,

10.  Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee:  Venture to another country’s racial problems in a post-apartheid setting of South Africa.  Questions morals and beliefs, makes you re-evaluate your own opinions.

11.  The Awakening by Kate Chopin:  Beautiful prose depicting a very painful story.  Evaluates woman’s roles at the turn of the 20th century, but the issues are still relevant today.  Makes you think about your own self-worth and the true worth of women in society.  A beautiful tragedy.

So there are my top ten thinker books!  Do you have some good suggestions?  Leave me a comment and let me know!
Love and Mirrors,
Jennifer
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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday! (23)

  1. Hollie says:

    I have a copy of Life of Pi waiting to be read, and I really need to get round to it soon! I really want to read Siddhartha as well, a lot of people have recommended it to me but I've put it off for a long while!My Top Ten

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