TTT: Books that Challenge or Educate

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This Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related. TTT is brought to you courtesy of prompts from The Broke and Bookish. I chose to do books that challenge or educate yourself on various topics. Some are fiction, some are not. Sometimes it’s not whether the story is true or not as much as it is what you can get from it. So, here are my

Top Ten Books that Challenge or Educate

  1. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – This isn’t a nice book. Whilst I agree with most of it, even I have issues with some of the points that Dawkins has made in it. He grew up in a different time, and that much is obvious. Some of what he writes about is not okay. But most of it? Most of it will make you think. Whether you’re an atheist  or a committed Christian, Dawkins’ book provides a ton of intellectual fodder. It’s not a nice book, but it is a good one.On the Edge of Gone - books that challenge or educate
  2. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – Because it’s one of the few sci-fi novels out there where a character has a disability that actually has a strong impact on her ability to function. Because it teaches you that just because someone has autism, it doesn’t make them any less normal or amazing.
  3. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin – Because sometimes your dreams coming true isn’t a good thing, and benevolent dictators are still dictators.
  4. The Bhagavad Gita, The Quran, and The Bible – Read them, compare them, think about them. No, I’m not trying to convert anyone to any religion or lack thereof. But you’re a close-minded idiot if you aren’t willing to step outside your special box and take a look at some of the holy writs of the major religions.
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – My preferred scary-as-hades dystopian novel over Brave New World. Read this, take a look around, and be very, very scared.
  6. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Sarrapi – A memoir told in comic strips about living in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s a unique format for such a serious story.Magonia books that challenge or educate
  7. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – Want a peek inside a parent’s dreams when they have a child with a terminal illness? Magonia will give you a rough idea.
  8. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer – Because whether true or not, well-written or not, abuse like this does happen. Let this book be the springboard you need, if nothing else, to paying attention to what’s going on around you. To learn to notice when something’s not right. To have basic freaking compassion and do what you can to help victims of abuse once you see that something is going on.
  9. Because I Am a Girl: I Can Change the World by Rosemary McCarney, Jen Albaugh –  These are stories of girls around the world – in places not so privileged as the US – changing the world because they want to, because they have to. Because they’re driven to do something amazing to better the lives of women and children, and they’re succeeding.The Johnson Project books that challenge or educate
  10. The Johnson Project by Maggie Spence – Because it challenges our ideas on what’s a right versus a privilege. On what people would do to make the world a better place if they could. And if that’s okay.



Leave your links, and let me know what books that challenge or educate you think should have been on this list.

8 thoughts on “TTT: Books that Challenge or Educate

  1. A friend, who is on the very mild side of the autistic spectrum, wrote a story about a magician who is an autistic teenager in this incarnation. It was interesting relating it to common shyness and my own experience, though there were parts of it quite unique to autistic individuals.

  2. I agree completely with Fahrenheit 451 and A Child Called It – the latter, especially, I found really confronting because it’s a memoir and when reading those I’m always very aware that these things have happened. :/

    I’m keen to get into Magonia! Your comment made it sounds really sad, but like a good-sad. 😛

    1. Hm, I think it would really only be sad to people in my situation or for the really empathic. It is a wonderful story where someone’s illness isn’t magically fixed 2 chapters in, though . and it doesn’t end John Green tears at the end.

  3. Your list has an emphasis on challenging, starting out with Dawkins number one. Like Donna above, I’d say your review of Lathe of Heaven has gotten me interested in (re)reading it. My TTT lists sci-fi cats to read about instead of doing homework.

  4. I’m really intrigued by The Lathe of Heaven, I almost bought it after your review, but I think I will take the jump now.
    Magonia might be a little too sad for me at the moment, but I keep my eyes on it (the cover helps, it’s beautiful)
    Fahrenheit 451 is scary as hell. The scariest being it still resonates with us now.

  5. This is a great list. The only one I’ve actually read is A Child Called It, but a few more of these are books I have on my TBR. And the ones I didn’t have on my TBR are on there now. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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