Top Ten is the weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we showcase our top ten books in a certain category. This week's theme was "Top Ten Books You Feel Differently About." Like last week, this was a hard category for me to pick books for, so I chose to only list five and, even so, some of the books were just ones that my friends and I had differing opinions on.
Number Five: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This remains one of my favorite books and movie to this day. The reason it made this list, though, is that the main critique for this book, one that focuses so heavily on the matter of race, is that it's just another book about "whites helping the blacks," with many readers claiming that it read as if Aibileen wouldn't have been able to make such a difference without the help of Skeeter. While I certainly see the argument, I counter with the fact that I see this book as one that - while it might have a heavy emphasis on race - was mostly about personal growth of all three main characters. Yes, it certainly has issues that could be critiqued, but I still love it, regardless.
Number Four: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I read this book a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it. At first, I rated it as four stars, my main qualms being - of course - with the ending and that Death hinted too heavily about what would've happened. As time passed, though, I've realized that I was a little too harsh with my judgements. Considering a book that was set in WWII, I suppose it was only natural that SOMETHING like that would happen, right? I suppose I was just too sour about the hurt when I finished reading at first. Since then, though, I've edited my rating to five stars and it's a book I look back on fondly.
Number Three: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
This is another book in which I loved, right up until the ending. I actually hadn't been spoiled about what would happen and, when it did, I felt like it was just a means to shock the reader. I was super annoyed at first, but my irritation has waned over the years and I still recognize that it is, indeed, a good book - one that actually got me started on Picoult. I even watched the movie adaptation.
Every reader has a dirty little secret and this one is mine. I admit it. I got swept up in the hype that was Twilight back when it was super big and everyone was reading it. I know, I know! In hindsight, it was really stupid. And even I realized that by the time Breaking Dawn came out. But give a girl credit - I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about! At least now me and my friends can laugh about how dumb we were back in the day.
Number One: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
I had to read this book in college as part of my Crime Fiction lit class. This was actually my first time delving into Christie and this was another book with a twist ending - one I didn't see until right up at the end. And, in fact, I really liked it! There were a TON of people in my lit class that hated it, though, and felt used after finishing the book. I still like the story and give Christie credit for taking a risk, but I can definitely see how others might have been rubbed the wrong way.
That's all I have for this week's Top
Ten Five. Have you read any of these and have differing opinions? What were on your lists? Feel free to link me to your own TTTs in the comments below~