The Broke and the Bookish.
I love thought-provoking books. Some people decide a book is great from their inability to put it down. I know I'm reading a favourite book when every chapter forces me to stop and think hard about what I'm reading. This made choosing my favourites both very easy and very difficult.
10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
9. Coming of Age on Zoloft by Katherine Sharpe
8. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Mattie Gokey is the only character who is at all close to Gemma Doyle in my book. But she didn't just speak to my emotions. She also made me think about sacrifice and personal freedom in a complex way. She's a character that would make me so confused and angry that I'd have to step away from the book every chapter. I read A Northern Light three years ago, but even now, I can go back to my internal debate about responsibility vs. opportunity.
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
If there's one book that's challenged my perception of reality and its importance, it's Going Bovine. Not to mention how it talks about death, cults, and art. It's a bizarre experience of a book, but it's very thought-provoking in its craziness.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
What books have challenged you intellectually?