On My Wishlist #9

Every once in awhile, I do enjoy reading books that have more contemporary or realistic tones. Most of the time, the heaviness of the subject matter totally pique my interest while the emotions trapped within the pages are able to absorb me into that dark, hollow world, in which my own shelter life hardly knew exist.

I've had people told me before that life is hard enough, so why must ones read something that's emotionally draining? To me, this is the wonder of reading. It lends us a pair of special shoes that let us walk through another people's life, see the world through their eyes and there are always some lessons to be learnt in the end. Yes, it is draining but the pieces that you pick here and there make it totally worth it. So for this week, I feature couple of realistic books that I really hope I get the chance to read.

Title: Impulse
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Links: Amazon | Book Depository
Synopsis (from B&N):
Three teens who have attempted suicide meet in a psychiatric hospital, battle their demons, and begin to heal. The handsome son of wealthy parents, Connor has everything anyone could want—except his family’s love and affection. Jailed for years after killing his mother’s child-molesting boyfriend, Tony is confused about his sexuality. Manic-depressive Vanessa cuts herself. All three stories intertwine in a brutally honest story about pain and resilience.

Title: Tricks
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis (from B&N):
Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons. Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story — a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"

Title: The Piper's Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Links: Book Depository
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death. And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal' teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences... How can something so wrong feel so right?

Now I have a question for you: Do you read book that boggles your mind, makes you cry and breaks your heart? If you do, which books are your favourites? And if you don't, why?

That's all from me for this week "On My Wishlist". Hope that you have a great weekend everyone. 

10 comments:

  1. I just got Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins, can't wait to get started! Your wishlist looks like some great reading! Here's mine: http://simpleloveofreading.blogspot.com/2010/08/on-my-wishlist-13.html

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  2. Oh My......what a great bunch of books. Thanks for sharing Shy!!

    This is mine:
    http://coffeecrackers.blogspot.com/2010/08/8th-on-my-wishlist.html

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  3. I do not know the books are author but hope you get your wish and read them soon!
    My WL

    jackie ^_^

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  4. I see you went with a color scheme of black and red for this weeks list. LOL. I hope that you get your books and that they are everything you hope them to be. Here is what is On My Wishlist.

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  5. I have yet to read these Ellen Hopkins books...maybe it time I check them out. I don't think I can read Forbidden. Too bad too, I like the cover.

    I don't know about boogles your mind part but Nicholas Sparks' book definitely make me cry and a good lot of them break my heart. I recently finished reading The Last Song and I cried liked a baby.

    Here's my wishlist for this week.

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  6. Whoa, what a great list! I haven't read any of them personally, but I'd love to pick them all up. I really enjoy books like this, because they're so honest and have so much emotion!

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  7. Some great books on your wishlist and I hope you get to read them soon.

    Here's what's on my wishlist this week.

    J x

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  8. Brilliant books! I love reading books that make me actually FEEL something. If I don't feel it, it's simply not good enough :)

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  9. I have yet to read any of the books on your list, but I am looking forward to reading Ellen Hopkins as well as Forbidden. Have especially had that one on my TBR list for a while now!

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