I was watching Karina's old videos (click here for her channel) and I thought I would be a great idea to show you the top 5 books I've read this year that made me think. The original tag was just 5 books in general so not this year, but I wanted to make this twist.
Here they are:
1. Sold by Patricia Cormack
I read this book in a day. It made me so sad and I had to think about it a lot. This is about a young girl who goes into prositution after she just got her first period. Her stepfather made that do that to her, but first she thought she was going to be just a made. She had to ''work'' a year for like 10.000 ruppees (which is 1 or 2 euros) but then she heard she had to work an other year. This still happens today and it made me so angry and mad. I wish I could help them in some way but yea. This made me realise I should be happy for the fact that I didn't/don't have to live in that world.
2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank. Baum
We all know this story, but I've never read the book before. This story made me realise that it's never wrong to ask for help whenever you need to. This books shows that we all need someone else to get to our goals and that we can't do it alone. We need different things from different people and stand together. I have no idea if those who have read it got the same feeling as I do, but it made me think about that afterwards.
3. Carrie by Stephen King
This book is about a girl who has been bullied at school. She is really lonely and when she gets home she also has to deal with her crazy mom. This book made me feel and think about the past (when I was a child) and how lucky I am where I'm standing now. It made me think about all the things that have happened to me and that children/teenages can be really cruel. If one of my children (when I will have one) is bullying someone I will let them read this book so they will stop. It's such a powerful story with a huge impact!
4. Burmese Days by George Orwell
Burmese Days is a story that takes place in India around that time that it was a colony of Great Britain. When I had to study history during high school, we only got to learn about the western perspectives and it was just really interesting to see a different one. It made me think about it must have been for them and how I would feel if I would have lived in a land which was ruled by a country from the western world. It's so strange to imagine that, but still so powerful.
5. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Purple Hibiscus is the first novel she has written and the only one that I've read so far, but it's a really powerful one. This story is about a fifteen year old girl from Nigeria during the '60. Her father is a really powerful man and everything his children do something he didn't want them to do (for example, be the second in their class instead of first) they get punished really, really hard. This book made me feel so much, especially that those things still happen today. This story made me open my eyes. I knew those things are happening even before I read this book, but still.
I think this is the reason why we all love to read: to get a reminder of our real lives and to get away from it as well. There are still so many books I've read this year that made me think (such as It's Kind of A Funny Story and A Room of One's Own), but yea I had to make just a top 5.
Which books you've read this year so far made you think?