Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Book Club Books

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I couldn't come up with much for their prompt this week, so I made my own!  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Book Club Books

I've participated in a lot of book clubs over the years.  From schoolmates to work colleagues to church friends, I've seen many different reactions to various books.  Sometimes the best discussions are born from a giant difference in opinion, others because the readers just feel passionate about the subject matter.  Are you in a book club?  Consider one of these books for your next pick!  I've had some of my best bookish discussions around these!

10. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Susan WuDunn
If you are a human being, you need to read this book.  Then talk with your book club about what you intend to do about what you've read.

9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Possible discussion topics include storytelling, imagination, religion, and what constitutes truth.

8. Peace Like a River by Lief Enger
One of the greatest questions this life asks is how can we find peace in a world that is guaranteed to hurt us?  This book addresses the grey areas: Murder or self-defense?  Guilty or innocent?  Divine intervention or coincidence?  READ IT.

7. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
This is one of those divisive books.  Personally, I love it, but I know people who most definitely do not.  Idealism and jaded weariness meet the Vietnam War in this classic.  Opinions are sure to fly all over the place, and passionate and conflicting thoughts will make for a very interesting evening!

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
If you had to choose between love and peace, which would you choose?  And, bonus, after you finish this book you can go on a book club field trip and see the movie.

5. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Feminism during the suffrage movement is certainly an exciting thing to read about, but some of the things this protagonist does in the name of feminism will have you squirming... and dying to talk to someone.

4. Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston
Memoirs are great fodder for discussion.  This one, about a girl growing up in poverty in the eastern US, is of those books that should be read by everyone, and yet no one has heard of it, so you're pretty much guaranteed that no one in your group has read it before!

3. This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks
Short stories rarely get the light they deserve, but this collection is short, engaging, darkly funny, and thought provoking.  Everything you'd want in a book club pick!

2. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Such wonderful questions raised on identity, parenting, religion, and the intersection of the personal and the political.

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
How do you find meaning in life?  Whether you love this book or hate it, you're sure to get a great discussion out of it!

What about you?  Any great book club books that you'd add?


  1. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak!!! I think it's going to be my pick for my month of hosting!!

    1. I haven't read that one yet! I've heard so many good things, and it's been on my list for ages, so I better get on it. :)

    2. I second Marci. I read it about a month ago and can't get it out of my head. SO GOOD.



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