This week's topic is:
Tough Subjects and a Bottled Frappuccino
Drink of the Week: Bottled Frappuccino
I love going to Starbucks but sometimes it just isn't convenient or heaven forbid, I'm somewhere that doesn't have one. This has happened to me, in rural Idaho. In such dire circumstances, I'm glad that I can at least find the goodness that is Starbucks bottled up for me in the grocery store. The greatest thing about the bottled fraps is that they are delicious hot or cold. If you want it cold, drink it straight from the bottle. If you want it hot, pour it in a mug and heat it up.
Book Topic: Discussing Tough Subjects
Recently, I have come across several books that delve into the tough topics that really put our emotions on high alert while reading them. These are the books that make me squirm and get deep down inside me. They are emotional and when the author does them right, I can really feel the terror, grief, sadness and pain that characters suffer. The topics that really get me are sexual assault, physical/emotional abuse and death.
Sexual assault is probably one of the toughest topics for me to read about because, as a woman, it is a fear I think we all have. This is something that happens to thousands of women every day and it is not only terrifying but also emotionally devastating. I have to admit that I have a hard time with a book that describes the sexual assault in great detail. I read the Jaycee Duggard Story and I was sick to my stomach when I read the things that had happened to her. I definitely realized I may not be able to read such graphic details of a very traumatic experience. I've mentioned this before, but I loved the way Tammara Webber handled the topic in Easy. She really empowered women with this book and she dealt with it differently than any other book I have read.
Abuse is a topic that I can handle a little easier but it definitely hits me hard emotionally. When a child is being physically abused by a parent or an adult, it really tears at my heart. I couldn't imagine the pain and fear that they would go through every single day. I love when the main character has a crew of supporting characters that are there to help them through the abuse and give them hope and light. I also think emotional abuse is just as difficult and and equally powerful subject for emotional depth. When I read In Too Deep by Michelle Kemper Brownlow, I was wrecked by the emotions I felt with that book. The emotional torment that Gracie suffered from her boyfriend Noah was devastating to me and the fact that they way all of the characters reacted to the situation, especially Gracie, was so real.
The last tough topic I want to discuss is death, in any form, whether it be by illness, tragedy or suicide. I think this is also a super sensitive and emotional topic as well. Most of us have probably have experience with death in our real lives in one way or another. I am lucky to say that I don't have a lot of it so when I read a book that deals with the topic and it is raw and powerful, I definitely feel my emotions on high alert. This is probably the one topic that really makes me cry when I read a book. When I read Falling Into You and Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder, I had tears free falling from my cheeks and I can't remember another time when I just cried like that from a book. When I read books with death, I feel the grief and sorrow with the characters. These are the books that give me "hangovers" for days.
What about you? How do you feel when you read books dealing with tough subjects? Do you find yourself emotionally connected like I do?