Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's post is the Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks.

This is going to be a super hard one for me.  Because I generally don't read super deep thinking books (they're typically beyond my mind).  And the fact that I'm not currently in a book club (that can be blamed on the fact that I don't have a whole lot of friends in the Madison area).  But I'll give this top ten a try.

1.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Let's face it, this book is probably the number one book in book clubs right now.  Especially with the movie coming out soon.  I'd have to say this has been the number one book I have been able to push friends/family to read.
2.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book and the one after it play on so much human emotion after a tragedy.  They're absolutely gorgeous books to read.  And since they're super-quick reads, I think they'd be perfect for a book club pick.
3.  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Ever wondered what happens to your food before you purchase it from the grocery store?  Or a more accurate question would be: want to know why the FDA was put into place?  This will definitely help with your diet plans (if you want to lose weight).  I suggest discussing this over dinner (just kidding).  It doesn't help that I work in the Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety department either...
4.  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Isn't it fun to romanticize about being queen?  Not if you're married to King Henry VIII.  Now I'm sure any book from this genre would do for a book club. And I'm sure my book club would be all about bashing King Henry VIII and debating about how absolute power can make a man crazy...

5.  The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
This book would be an awesome example of why I need a book club.  I barely understood the emotions behind the plot (let's face it, I barely understood the plot).  It took a lot of people explaining this one to me for my brain to be less foggy.
6.  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This book is a very controversial book, and I would have to say it ranks high in my classics-love list.  I believe everyone should have the chance to read this book and debate about it with others.  You'll definitely be left with a love-hate relationship for this book.
7.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The only book on this list that I haven't read yet.  And honestly, I don't think I'm going to read it any time soon unless I have a group of people kicking me for not reading it.  But I like the idea of swooning over this book with other fellow swooners (err, book club goers).
8.  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
This book is for people who aren't well-versed with old-style books but are looking for some history.  I loved how well this book weaves around the French Revolution (even if you know nothing about it like me).  And the book's just awesome.  Doesn't that mean it qualifies for a book club read?
9.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is a definite book club read for teens.  There's so much emotion regarding suicide in this book.  And there's a lot of blame.  Whether or not it's right/justified is what could be discussed in the meeting.
10.  Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Out of all of the books on this list, I would say this is the numer one book that needs to be on a book club's reading list.  A lot of controversial issues in this book, and it brings a lot of emotion out of the reader.  And the writer never picks sides, he just tells it like it could be.


  1. The cover for Metamorphosis looks so creepy - in a good way. And I loved The Hunger Games!

  2. Good choices! I've read a couple of these. I escpecially think that 'Revolution' would make a fantastic novel to read and discuss over cookies and milk.

  3. A few of these made my list too! Great choices. I wouldn't have thought of the Jungle but now that you mention it, I am intrigued.

    ~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)

  4. Of Mice and Men is a great addition. I have Unwind on my list too. Great list.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My Top Ten...

  5. Excellent choices. I feel bad that I've never read Of Mice And Men.


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