Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from The Broke and the Bookish)

1) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- If the witchcraft/wizardry part of the series could be declared a non-issue, I'd love to attend a class on Harry Potter. Not only does the series cover the hero's journey, a large part of literature, but many other societal issues as well. The prejudice against "mudbloods" and "muggles," the stigma against people infected with lycanthropy, the forced servitude of house elves, deciding what spells could be considered moral or not. There could be such stimulating conversation about the psychological and sociological aspects of this society if only the books were taught in school!

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth- What events could lead to a society dividing itself into factions based on what amounts to personality traits? What thought processes went into deciding that someone could be brave, but not generous, smart but not artistic, or truthful above everything else? Could this situation be replicated in our own society? Why or why not? Is it accurate to assume one faction is better than another? Oh, the debates!

3) The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau- How would one person be able to take control over training every citizen with extraordinary potential? Why eliminate those who fall short? Surely they still have the ability to be useful. How does wasting intellect like that, make the world better? When did testing become more important than learning? Is constant perfect performance more valuable than finding alternative solutions and possibly getting something wrong? I'm dying to know.

4) Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally- I would have a field day discussing this book in a gender issues class. Why are girls usually discouraged from joining heavy contact sports like football? Are those restrictions valid or not? Why are boys and girls always groomed to play separately in organized sports? What do people think about Jordan's (accidental) manipulation of people's feelings? Why was Jordan held to a different, higher standard for losing her virginity? Why were the guys so proud to be "players," but worried about Jordan being in an intimate relationship? Did Jordan's relationship with her boyfriend cross the threshold into an abusive one? Why or why not? Discuss! Discuss!

5) Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard- Ah, the days of sexual repression. How do Eleanor and Jie defy the gender stereotypes of their time period? Do Daniel and Joseph echo society's stereotypes about women or prefer to make their own judgements? Are Jie and Eleanor treated differently because of their races, levels of ability or station in society? What freedoms does Jie have that Eleanor doesn't and vice versa? See, it doesn't all have to be about zombies.

6) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion- But, since we're talking about zombies, one with an existential crisis seems excellent to study in Philosophy. Also, for all you lit buffs, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's kind of a retelling of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (AKA the play schools love to beat to death into student's brains). So, you could argue it has quite a bit literary relevance. Is there such a thing as love at first sight and did R experience it? What do you feel happened in the world to cause people to become zombies? Was it actual death or something more metaphorical? How did R and Julie's perceptions of life and living change as they developed a relationship?

7) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- What happens after we die? (I know, a huge question to tackle, but I feel it's an essential one.) Would you blame a deity or someone or something else for your condition? Is it more important to enjoy every bit of time left or search every day for a cure? At what point would you say "it's too much" to care for this person while watching them die whether  it is for emotional, psychological or physiological reasons. What are people's thoughts on mercy killings? Would you want someone to put their life on hold to care for you if your were terminally ill? What if it was a family member, loved one or cherished friend? Perhaps these stray a bit from philosophy. I find them to be interesting questions none the less.

8) What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang- Could you stand losing or killing someone who is essentially another part of you? What are the reactions to a person who has two souls? What issues would arise from having two souls and what benefits? Let's talk about sharing a body when the two of you are in love with different people. What kind of issues does that create? Who has more "right" to the body? Or is it equal? What do you think of the terms dominant and recessive soul? Is this accurate? I have so many questions on this.

9) Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher- Oh boy. The ethics issues I could raise on this book. Ty is considered wrong for his actions by the penal system. Gemma is divided, part of her grateful and the other disgusted. What are your opinions on what Ty did? Should Gemma's family launch a civil suit against Ty? Do you feel Gemma would let them? Is Gemma suffering under Stockholm Syndrome or are her feelings true? Ty has made Gemma a central part of his life fantasies. Could he lose interest in her after getting professional help? Is Ty suffering under delusions or mental health issues or not? Gemma's account is biased. Should it be used as testimony in court? Do you think any parts of her account are fictional or omitted? If so, why would she do that?

10) Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- A modern day revenge story! Love it. Are there any issues you feel can or should be resolved without police or legal involvement? Are any of the girl's pasts able to excuse their actions on the perpetrators in the future? Is there hope of redemption for the "villains" of the story, or our vigilantes? Did their actions go too far at any point? Have any of the victims or the girls learned their lesson? How does the phrase "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves" apply to this book?

Happy Reading,


  1. Uh, can I just say that I love this post? SO many thoughts for only ten books! I'd love to discuss ALL the topics and books you mentioned :D Ha, in my family everyone leaves the room when I get started on something like that. Especially what you said about Harry Potter. I agreeeee! There are so many social issues thrown into that book!

  2. Brilliant books with some great reasons behind each choice. I should've added Harry Potter to my list :-)

  3. I've only read Harry Potter off this list, but holy cow! You're reasoning is so well thought out and so well written! This is a fantastic list!

  4. Wow. I loved, not only your list, but the way you spaced and categorized it. This was amazing. You are amazing.

    You have a fan in me.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday

    Rebecca @ Vicariously!


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