Booking Through ThursdayCheck Spelling

What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?(I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious boook ever, because, well, it’s recent!)

This week's question seems to be much harder than I have first thought.

I looked through the list of my recent read and found a few (Click onto the links for my reviews):

The Heights by Brian James (a contemporary imagining of Wuthering Heights. I thought it is a rather serious book since it also covered issues like social injustice and bits on racism)

Looking for Alaska by John Green (a coming-of-age and a thought-provoking story to me)

Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey (a book about hope and renewal, and this book touches my heart!)

What about you? What serious books you have read recently?

24 Responses
  1. anthonynorth Says:

    Some interesting books there. Overall, I think 'serious' is very much dependent on the reader regarding many subjects.

    You'll find mine here.

  2. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    About 90% of what I read is serious, it would be hard for me to even pick one! I've heard great things about Alaska..,

  3. Janet Says:

    A modern Wuthering Heights! Sounds interesting...

  4. Ana S. Says:

    Mine is probably The Children's Book. It was a joy to read, but it does deal with lots of serious topics.

  5. Susan Says:

    The Heights looks seriously good! Here's my response.

  6. The Bookworm Says:

    I just finsihed The Almost Moon recently. That was pretty serious and depressing.

  7. I wonder how you define serious, though. In my mind, "Looking for Alaska" is far from serious, even if it does have angst filled moments or darker aspects to the story. It isn't a sincerely serious book for me, but you see it as such. Quite interesting.

  8. Melody Says:

    Anthony - I agree with you there! How can we define 'serious'? It's so subjective!

    Sandy - I can't wait to hear what you'll be reading next!

    Janet - I haven't read WH, but I enjoyed reading The Heights.

    Nymeth - I've got a feeling that you'll mention this book and I'm right! :P I look forward to reading it!

    Gautami, Susan - I hope you'll enjoy it when you get to it.

    Naida - I need to read The Almost Moon! It's been sitting in my pile for ages! ;)

    Anonymous Child - I totally agree with Anthony's comment (see above) because this very much dependent on the reader regarding many subjects.

    Looking for Alaska is considered a serious book to me because it deals with life and death, and a thought-provoking story IMHO. I hope any readers (especially young readers) will be able to understand the meaning behind that story.

  9. I really dnt knw -- what serious book i read recently!

  10. Melody Says:

    Veens - I understand! It took me a while to decide on the serious books I read. ;P

  11. Kim L Says:

    Oh god, I hated Wuthering Heights SO MUCH when I read it way back when I don't even think I could BEGIN to read a reimagining of it. Was the update of it good? Have you read Wuthering Heights? Did they compare? Did you like one more than the other?

  12. Melody Says:

    Kim - I can't comment on WH since I haven't read it yet! *gasp* The Heights is dark and brooding but still an engrossing read.

  13. Alice Says:

    I'm really interested in Looking for Alaska. :D

  14. Melody Says:

    Alice - I hope you'll read Looking for Alaska soon! :)

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Hmmm…I remember reading you songs of Renewal review. Definitely some great serious reads :)

  16. Melody Says:

    Violet - Yes, Songs of Renewal definitely classified under as a serious read to me. I like the positivity in that book.

  17. Ceri Says:

    Great choices :) And I adore the covers of all three <3

  18. Lauren Says:

    I love the cover of The Heights.

    I think the most serious book I read WAS "Her Fearful Symmetry." It gave me a lot to think about regarding life and death.

  19. Melody Says:

    Lady Lazarus - Thanks! :)

    Lauren - I love the cover of The Heights too! I can't wait to get a copy of Her Fearful Symmetry, I've heard that book is great!

  20. I just finished Song of Renewal. I have to write my review --i thought it was pretty good.

  21. Melody Says:

    Diane - I'm glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to reading your review. :)

  22. Matt Says:

    The most recent one would be Tender is the Night because from the very beginning you get the sense that the protagonist is in for disaster. F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing is elegant.

  23. Melody Says:

    Matt - Sounds like a good read to me! Will have to check out Tender is the Night!

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