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Top 7 Fiction books that will make you think

Updated on March 7, 2013

Great books should make you think

Fiction books are just fun, they can transport you to another time, place, or even species allowing you to escape reality for a little while. But many of these books can tell a deeper message that changes your outlook in reality. These books are all easy reads but will bring up major questions about relationships, culture, and prejudice that can make you question your own beliefs. Or you could just enjoy a fantastic story.

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Is it just a kids book or something deeper?

The hunger games series is not just an amazing set of stories pitting good versus evil, but also the greater question of should might make right? What happens when a terrible dictator is deposed, who should take over and how should they rule? Should a well meaning dictator continue to be a dictator just because they think it is in the people's best interest. A fast moving book that is all too relevant with all the upheaval going on in the Middle East.

My full review with hidden meanings. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

Origins of CSI

A fascinating book that follows the life of a woman, but not just any woman, a female doctor, not just a female doctor but one that does autopsies to help determine a cause of death. All of this during mediaeval days when women were barely allowed to speak in public let alone be a doctor. Intrigue, science and female rights all rolled into one great book.

The resilience of a young boy

What would you do if you were stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger, a chimpanzee in the middle of an ocean? The story of a young boy stranded in the ocean with a couple of wild animals and his quest for survival. On its basic level it is a fun story of a boy out at sea, but on a deeper level it is the story of self discovery and acceptance of others different than yourself.

Racism and Bravery all wrapped together

The story of black house maids in the deep south in the 1960s and the trials they go through as they try to keep their identity while also surviving the obvious racism and rules of the white citizens. But along with that story is that of the white families, some of whom are genuinely trying to break the bonds of prejudice and treat everyone more fairly. A quick fantastic read.

I have a full review on squidoo, let me know what you think.

Dracula? Fact or Fiction

A story set in modern times of the possibility that Dracula is real and something far greater than the stories. A great story of a college professor on an accidental quest to discover the truth that inspired the story that we all know today. Spooky at times, but a whole lot of fun throughout.

A book about a book?

How do you read a book that is about a shadowy figure who is trying to capture every copy of the very book you are reading? A great cliff hanger of a book that at the same time brings up the benefits of literature in general and how it can change people's lives. Can not give too much away, but treat yourself to this great story.

An epic taking place in Medieval Times

Ken Follett is one of the greatest of authors at creating epic stories that can follow multiple disparate characters over the course of over a hundred years and entwine them together in remarkable ways. The story of wealth, power, and kindness in the days when the church could be more powerful than a king. A fun read that is actually the first of a series of books by Ken Follett.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting lens. I will add the books I haven't yet read to my list. I loved "The Help" and "Life of Pi".

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im into hunger games now. nice lens you did.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Excellent list. I've read Hunger Games, the Life of Pi, and The Help. I'll read the others next.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      The Hunger Games series is great and not just for kids.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      The Life of Pi and The Help are both excellent books. I'm a little behind on reading but know I must get around to the Hunger Games. I've heard so much about that book and I'm glad to see it on your list.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      The Book Thief sounds good. I've only read The Help of these books. It was very good.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Excellent suggestions. Blessed!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Why don't you add some of your reviews to the plexo in My Best Books?

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      I've read and enjoyed Pillars of the Earth, The Hunger Games (not just for kids), The Book Thief, The Historian. We're obviously on the same wavelength. I'm putting your other books on my booklist and adding this to My Best Books plexo.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @LoriBeninger: There is never enough time for all of our books is there ;-)

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @aesta1: Glad you enjoyed it. He has come out with a couple of new books as well that have actually quite impressed including the sequel to Pillars of the Earth. Thank you for the comment.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just finished reading Pillars of the Earth for nth time. I just love the book. It has so much of what I truly value.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      If a book makes you think, then it's a good book in my opinion.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I haven't read them all, but really enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth.

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      LoriBeninger 5 years ago

      I have read a few on your list and am in the process of reading at least three others...I will have to check out the others, too, it seems! What a wonderful challenge. Thank you.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @Karen1960: He just came out with a new book that takes place on WWII that I am intrigued by and will be looking for soon. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you for the blessing and honestly agree that The Help could have been stronger or more revealing at times. I think I saw more of the honest truth in Southland on a similar subject.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Nice collection ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Nice collection ! Thanks for sharing.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I love to read too, but don't read as often as I use to now that I support myself by working online. I did read the Hunger games series just to be sure it was appropriate reading material that is permissible for a 12 year old granddaughter that is going on 30. Although the deeper meaning is there and important I did find them rather trite, as yes indeed, they were written for tween children and not for adults.

      I expected the "Help" to actually be more revealing to the atrocities of the time. I lived in that era and protested against the racial discrimination in those days and feel the book "white-washed" (pun intended) what was truly going on. I felt it was pinned by a white man instead of a black woman.

      Thoroughly enjoyed all the biographies listed under "My Favorite Reviews", although biographies do have to be taken with a grain of salt as to who is writing and what their prejudices, I mean political opinions, may be at the time of their writing. You remember that old adage, "Don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see". LOL. In this day and age you can believe what you see either with photo shop and video technology.

      The Book Thief and the Mistress of the Art of Death have piqued my interested and have added them to my list of readable material.

      Thank you so much for sharing your opinions and giving the viewers food for thought. *Squid Angel Blessed*

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      Karen1960 5 years ago

      "Pillars of the Earth" is a great read, as is the sequel "World without End". (The TV adaptation was pretty good too).

      For a thought-provoking - if slightly off-the-wall - story, try Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey".

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      The king leopold book looks interesting as human "rights" violations never surprise me, human predation being an almost universally accepted survival identity. We say that canabalism is wrong but then allow all other forms of predation like they are somehow really different, when in fact they are totally identical in all respects. Our moral systems are universally flawed, as is the pseudo-moral code contained in the first 10 amendments to our constitution called "the bill of rights". If they had gotten it correct, we wouldn't be where we are today, we'd be traveling to other star systems with lives that spanned centuries instead of tens of years. But they didn't. King Leopold, I suspect, would fit in just fine with all the others predators in our District of Columbia. I'll see about getting this book..

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      Hi. I've posted to you once on your lens about Prohibition, once in private and now here. I don't especially like your selection of books but some of them I've read and enjoyed. Ken Follet, for instance and also the hunger games. Although I haven't finished the last book in that series and doubt that I will. I don't like books where the characters do things "out of character" and the heroine seems to do nothing more than emote and then somehow ends up doing the correct tactical thing for her situation. Frustrating and incomprehensible to me (a guy).

      But Follet is a different story. His books both my wife and I have read and we love them. And I love his characters, both villains and heroes because they are so well drawn.

      My favorite stories are ones that deal with Man's relationship with existence and that is reflected in my choices of favorite stories: Fire Hunter (kjelgaard), To Build a Fire (London), Anthem (Rand) to name a few. For non-fiction my favorite book is The Final Theory, second edition by McCutcheon.

      I am interested to know what your opinion of my Rational Religion lens is.

      Most posters don't actually read, think about or even respond with thought to lenses. It seems to me that they're after points, like they mean something. I find that illuminating and depressing, almost as much as the kinds of lenses featured as lens of the day. Not because I think mine should be there, but because they are so ... easter candy-ish: sickly sweet and totally unimportant. The only analogy I can think of is Nero fiddling while rome burned, if indeed he actualy did. The world is going nuts around us and we're looking at origami as though it held an answer. "Here, do this crossword puzzle while we amputate your leg." or, "Let's go have a picnic on the beach and pick colored rocks while our house burns." :)

      Well, you DID ask me what I thought. :)

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      You've got so many great looking lenses, I didn't know where to start! I'm glad I have started here, you've given some great ideas for my reading list! The only one I've already read is 'Life of Pi' which I loved, so I am going to trust your taste based on that!!

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      Mark Shirbroun 5 years ago

      Life of Pi, Pillars of the Earth and Hunger Games were all great, in their different ways. Haven't read any of the others. Nice lens!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      The only ones I've read are Life of Pi and The Historian. I'll definitely be adding the others to my book list. Thank you.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I think I could read all of these and enjoy them. Pinned to my board "books I love."

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Good selections. Most not to me, but, good generally for the purpose intended, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting selections. Very good lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds like some great reading - I don't know how I'll find time for so many reads! :)

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great selection of books here.

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      Matthew 6 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @Mary Crowther: My pleasure, hope you are able to find time to check out at least one of these books.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I enjoyed your lens! Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Matthew 6 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @TrinaSonnenberg: Thanks for your recommendation, I will have to check it out very soon.

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      Trina Sonenberg 6 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      Very interesting lens. Stephen King's Under the Dome has an environmental message in it.