Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics

Hello lovelies, I’m back with another Top 5 Wednesday! Here’s the theme this week: Books with Hard Topics. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, if you’d like to find out more, come join our Goodreads group 🙂


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Unless you’re new to my blog then you probably already know about my love for this book. I read it when it first came out and was completely blown away by the characters and writing and plot. It broke my heart but also brought me a lot of joy and I’ll always recommend it to everyone.

This book focuses on two characters, Finch and Violet. Violet is dealing with the loss of her sister and her recent depression because of this and Finch is attempting to face his bipolar disorder and depression. In my opinion, this book deals with these issues very well and with tact. The author of this book, Jennifer, actually dated a boy with the same issues as Finch and that’s why this book feels so real and honest.

If you’re looking for a book with a bit more substance, then I highly suggest this one.

After by Anna Todd

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You’ve probably heard of this series because it was originally a One Direction alternate universe fanfic that was posted on Wattpad. I actually read it back then but I also own the books now. If you have heard of this series then you’ll probably know that it has a lot of haters because of its more serious aspects, such as the emotionally manipulative relationship it revolves around.

I cannot believe how many people hate this series because of this relationship and I find it completely ridiculous. I think the only reason people feel this way is because the person doing the manipulating is “Harry Styles” in the fanfic version and because of this, young girls have read it and apparently thought this was a relationship to be desired. This whole argument annoys me so much because an author should be allowed to write about anything they want, it is a form of expression. This wouldn’t even be an issue if it weren’t for the fact that this character had the same name and appearance as Harry Styles.

Ugh, I can’t believe how mad I’m getting about this. Sorry haha. Anyway, this whole series is super addictive because of this toxic relationship. If you’re up for a little bit of drama and some of the weirdest character names I’ve ever read about, then I suggest this one.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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I feel like I’ve been talking about Fifty Shades a lot recently and I don’t even know why the hell that is but here I go again. So, you all know what Fifty Shades is about and what it deals with – BDSM. This can be a bit of a hit or miss subject with people but the book is amusing and if this sort of this interests you then I suggest it. This book can actually be quite funny too – I’m not saying it’s amazing or anything, but it’s alright.

This whole stigma about “supporting rape culture if you read this book” is ridiculous though. Everything between Ana and Christian in this story is consensual and I am not supporting rape by having read it or talked about it.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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This book hit me right in the feels and had a lot of unexpected plot twists which I had no idea about. I won’t tell you too much about the story because having no spoilers is the best way to enter into this book, it made everything that happened more shocking for me.

What I will say, though, is that this story deals with death and mental illness in an interesting way. I like this one a lot.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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This is another story which deals with a lot of death and heartache for the main characters. The protagonist in this book, Mia, gets into a car accident along with her family. The story then follows her life while she’s in a coma – she’s having this outer body experience where she knows everything that’s going on around her even though her actual body is comatose.

This is a sweet story and has a decent on screen adaptation as well. I actually prefer the second book in the series to this one which was a pleasant surprise.


Hope you enjoyed this list and tell me in the comments if you’ve read any of these or if there’s any other books like these that you’d recommend to me 🙂

S xo

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10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics

  1. I have seen We were Liars in a couple of posts. I need to add that to my TBR. Actually, I should add all of your books in my TBR. They all sound interesting despite the fact that they feature hard topics 🙂

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  2. I think the main reason so many people are mad about After is that Harry is actually a wonderful person, and the book portrays him as the opposite. I haven’t read it, and I have no intention to, but as a big Styles fan I can definitely understand why it would make people angry. It seems really rude to me to write a book about a real person and make them seem like such an ass. If it were only fanfiction, whatever, but this girl is actually selling this story, so she’s making money by making Harry look bad.
    I know you said this argument makes you really mad so I’m gonna stop here, but I thought I should defend the people who don’t like this book. I am in no way attacking you or trying to undermine your opinion here! If you like that series I am happy for you, I just think you should try to understand why a lot of people don’t. x

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    1. I totally understand your point of view. To be honest, “Harry” doesn’t even come that bad, not by the end of the series anyway. Plus, his name is changed in the printed books so there’s no mention of Harry unless you read the Wattpad version. But as I said, I get you and I’m a Harry fan too x

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  3. So the controlling and stalking in 50 Shades doesn’t raise any red flags for you? Dictating what Ana can eat and wear? Following her to her mother’s house where she went to get away from him? I suspect that readers would have been repulsed rather than titillated by those actions if Christian had not been rich, handsome, and well endowed.

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