Top Ten Books That Make You Think

Hi everyone, it’s Allison.

Reading books that actually make me think about something is honestly one of my favorite things to do. Often times if a book makes me think on an intellectual, emotional, or an intellectual and emotional level, it sticks with me for a very long time.  I’ve been lucky to come across several books like this during my time as a reader. Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders by Alicia Gaspar De Alba (Goodreads | Amazon)
2) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Goodreads | Amazon)
3) Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (Goodreads | Amazon)
4) Solar Storms by Linda Hogan (Goodreads | Amazon)
5) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Goodreads | Amazon)
6) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Goodreads | Amazon)
7) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (Goodreads | Amazon)
8) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Goodreads | Amazon)
9) Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Goodreads | Amazon)
10) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Goodreads | Amazon)

If you have not read any of these books, I seriously recommend you check them out!  Trust me, they were well worth your time and your thoughts. Or if you have read any of them before, did they make you think? If so, what did they make you think about? Let me know in the comments and be sure to drop me a link to your Top 10 list!

As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. Between Shades of Gray is such a good choice for this list! It was so thought provoking and I even read lots more about that situation after finishing the book. Great list, Allison!

  2. I’ve only read two books on your list: Speak and To Kill a Mockingbird. I have Speak on my list as well. While I was reading Speak I couldn’t help thinking about those kids that feel like an outcast. It’s such a wonderful book.

    I don’t know why I didn’t put To Kill a Mockingbird on my list. It is a fabulous book, and one of the few books I had to read for school that I loved. I should have put it on my list.

    I am have thinking of reading Between Shades of Gray, but I am pretty sure I need to be in the right mind frame when I do.

    Great list; thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Your list has a great variety! I’m intrigued by Solar Storms, which I’d never heard of.

  4. There are a lot on this list I have yet to read! Totally agree about Speak. I haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in school, but I think a reread should happen soon too. Great list! 🙂

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  5. I’ve read about half of these and they’re all fantastic picks, although they didn’t end up making my list. Ten isn’t enough!

  6. I LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird! And I’ve heard good things about Tuesdays with Morrie, though I’ve never read it. 😉

  7. I love Speak! It is such a wonderful book and should be mandatory reading for teen girls. For younger readers, especially teens, books like Speak can make it so much easier to open up about such a difficult subject.

  8. Okay, I honestly haven’t read most of these on your list but I’ve heard wonderful things about Wanderlove and The Book Thief. They are both on my TBR list, as a matter of fact. I have, however, read To Kill A Mockingbird and it remains one of my favourites today. Most of the books that really make me think tend to fall in the “classics” category–Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, etc. I find it refreshing to read something that has substance every now and again.

  9. These are some great choices! I haven’t read them all, but To Kill a Mockingbird is a favorite of mine because it makes you think every single time you read it and as you get older, has a deeper meaning.

    I am so glad The Book Thief is getting taught in schools, because not only does it make you think, but it is a beautiful piece of writing.

    There are no words to describe how important Speak is.

    Between Shades of Gray is another fantastic one. It is sad that it was most readers (including my) first introduction to this event, but I am so glad that Ruta Sepetys wrote this story. She is on her way to being one of my favorite authors!

    I would add Graceling beacuse it makes you think about gender roles in a way that isn’t often presented in YA books.

  10. A great list you got there!

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  11. SPEAK! <3

  12. I have Between Shades of Gray and I really want to read it, but I am somehow waiting for the perfect mood to read this book. 🙂 I’ve heard great things about it 🙂 Great list! 😉

  13. I just listened to a book talk about Between Shades of Grey this morning! It’s a sign, I must read it. A Northern Light sounds really good too.

    I have To Kill a Mockingbird on my list as well. 🙂

  14. The Book Thief! Yes! That book was something else, I loved it!
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  15. To Kill a Mockingbird made my list as well, I love that book!

  16. I’ve read most of the books on your list but there are a couple of new ones I’ll have to check out.

  17. Between Shades of Grey & Speak!!! I don’t know how I forgot Speak! I did remember BSOG and Tuesdays with Morrie. TOTALLY in love with Wanderlove! Going to meander on to Goodreads to find out about the rest of these!

  18. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books we were forced to read in school and I remember nothing about it (which means I probably skimmed it). It always ranks as one of the classics people love, so maybe I need to re-try it one of these days!

  19. This is a great list! I really need to read some of these, like The Book Thief and Tuesdays with Morrie. I’m waiting for Freaks Like Us to come in at the library because I reserved it immediately after reading your review 🙂