Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Books That Made Me Think.
1. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - I know many complain that it is didactic but I still really enjoyed this novel.
2. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - this story provokes a lot of difficult questions and is a great book club choice.
3. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger (I need to re-read this sucker!)
4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - religion and interplanetary travel...what a head trip!
5. 1984 by George Orwell - gotta question authority every once in awhile :)
6. Caucasia by Danzy Senna - really delves into issues of race and identity (highly recommended).
7. The Stranger by Albert Camus - gotta love some existentialist lit!
8. The Giver by Lois Lowry - one of the quintessential dystopian novels
9. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta - how would you behave if "the Rapture" or something eerily similar happened and you were left behind?
10. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse - great book! Makes you contemplate the transitory essence of life as well as brings up the point/counterpoint between religious adherence vs. partaking in worldly vices. This same theme is brought up in Hesse's Siddhartha which is also a fantastic and thought-provoking novel.