As always, beware of spoilers. In revealing the subjects these books tackle, we have been forced - in some instances, that is - to reveal what isn't readily transparent when starting some of those books for the first time (but that which only becomes apparent over time).
1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
5. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin
As a psychology student, the messages contained in the Mara Dyer series appealed to me on both a personal and a professional level. On the surface, this series tackles the "frailty of the mind" and everything from psychosis to self-harm to PTSD and beyond. Beneath the surface, however, Mara Dyer raises questions still more pertinent and still more troublesome by consequence: it brings to the forefront the stigma and the isolation that comes with mental disorders, as well as the inadequate treatment of the mentally ill that at times seems no better than locking them away in cages and throwing away the key. The lack of proper understanding and an unwillingness to listen are common themes that persist throughout this novel. And while this is a paranormal story, and it does take on supernatural elements, the fact remains that no one really stops to listen to the story that the protagonist is telling. And it raises the question of the treatment of the different in the society of the same.
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I think most people are familiar with this series. The reason for us putting The Hunger Games into the list - poverty. Katniss and many other characters struggle to make ends meet and a lot of people end up dying at a young age of starvation. Old age is rare in District 12 and it is also in most countries around the world today. Poverty is a big issue at the moment and reading this series really make us grateful that we have food in our tummies.
9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold