Booking Through Thursday, Meme

Booking Through Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 – Recent Serious

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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!)

Okay, so after last week I was pleased to see this question. I guess because as I think I said last week, I tend to read more serious books. But then I get stuck … how does one really define serious in regards to a book? Is serious considered something among the classics (which I tend to want to run away from) or is serious something non-fiction, or is serious a mystery/thriller that is NOT cozy?! I really think it all has to do with how you really define serious. So this issue brings to me to the point where I must define serious in my own terms. I would like to consider serious a non-fiction read. But seeing as how I’ve only read one non-fiction book this entire year (I know, bad Tara … I try and do better than that usually), I’m really going to classify serious as a fiction book that really touches on a serious subject.

Now, as everyone who follows my blog knows that I recently read and reviewed Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker. Now, I realize that this is technically a YA read, and it wasn’t very long. However, I’m going to call this my recent serious read and here’s why: Beth is a sixteen-year-old high school student. She recently begins a diet. This diet gets out of control before she realizes what has happened. Besides all this going on, she also is feeling the effects of being abandoned by her father after he left the family for a younger woman, not to mention the fact that one of her best friends has a pretty rough home life and she deals with it by cutting herself. Now taking all of what is going on in this book, you really had to admit that it is a serious read simply because of what all Beth experiences. (Plus the fact that I can’t seem to quit raving about this book – seriously give it a chance if you can!) So there’s my answer 🙂