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T5W: Books With Sensitive Topics

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was formerly hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. She recently passed the torch on, but you can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here.

This week’s topic was books with “hard”/”Sensitive” topics like mental health, sexual assault. Let’s be clear, here. I read to escape. While I like reading books with diverse characters, I hardly ever pick up a book I willingly know is going to involve a hard topic. It could take me out of my happy zone, and my books are my only safe happy zone. Sooo…. Yeah, you could say this was a bit difficult for me. The links go to my reviews.

Top 5 Books with Sensitive Topics

  1. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis No, I’m not including this one because of the autism factor. I’m including it because the main character’s mother is a drug-user, and it seriously impacts the family and their potential survival at times.
  2. Angelfall by Susan Ee The mother is a paranoid schizophrenic, and it has massively impacted the main character’s life, even before the angelocalypse. 
  3. Abducted by T.R. RaganThe main character was abducted and… lets’s just call it tortured … for a while before she managed to escape. She tries to regain control by teaching young girls how to defend themselves, but can’t escape her past and ends up in a game of cat and mouse with someone who wants to bring all those memories back.
  4. Mercy by T. Fox Dunham A man is battling against cancer. Well… that’s part of the battle, at least.
  5. The Dean Machine by Dylan Peters – This one has a lot of hard topics in it, but none are what you might be thinking. More ethical and moral questions than anything else.


Bonus Book: My review on this one isn’t live yet, but… her mama tried to kill her, she’s a foster kid who had a foster parent attempt to molest her, and the list goes on… FANTASTIC book. 5 Coolthulhu Rating from me!

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

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  1. Jen

    I haven’t heard of any of this. The Dean Machine seems interesting… I’m adding it to my list. 🙂

    • It’s a wonderful book. So different than I expected, and the author is a nice guy.

  2. Angelfall sounds very interesting. I also read your review. It makes me want to pick it up soon. ????

    • It’s worth the read. I didn’t continue on with the series, but that’s not really saying anything against the book.

  3. Hi Lilyn,

    First of all, I wanted to say thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Spirit Chaser. I enjoyed reading your review, and hearing your take on the book. I saw your notes on the comment section of NetGalley. I would definitely be interested in either an interview or guest post.

    Let me know.

    Thank you,


    • Awesome! I’ve been talking your book up to EVERYBODY today. My email address is [email protected] (I figured I’d give you mine so you don’t have to publicly display yours) if you want to discuss this further! So happy to hear from you!

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