Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
This Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks.
I’ve never been a part of a book club and I honestly don’t think I ever will be, but I think I secretly want to be part of one. Although I would never tell people I LOVE taking apart books (figuratively not actually) and exploring things about them, deciphering hidden meanings or archetypes… I’m a total literary book nerd. I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you can relate!
Before I get started I wanted to share a fun anecdote with you from my 12th grade AP English class. We were learning about static and dynamic characters while discussing Flannery O’Conner’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” If you haven’t read this, READ IT. It’s such a great story. Anywho. We were arguing whether the grandmother in the story is a static or dynamic character when I, genius that I am (ha), spoke up and said that I thought she was both. Needless to say I got 7 crazy weird looks (there were only 8 of us in the class), so I had to quickly explain myself. And what analogy did genius me use to explain how she was both static and dynamic? A slap bracelet. I said that the grandmother was like a slap bracelet, she was static, unchanging, until she was slapped and then she would curl up, becoming dynamic. Somehow, this actually seemed to make sense to a bunch of nerdy 17 year olds and for the remainder of the year (and years afterwards) we often discussed characters who might be slap bracelets.
So as you can see, a book club would be right up my alley so I could impart my literary wisdom on other people, using everyday objects to exemplify my meaning. These are a few books that I think would rock at a book club discussion:
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Awakening by Kate Chopin
These books would probably only work at an all women’s book club, but they’re still both prime examples of women realizing they’re more than wife and mother, leaving their oppressive worlds behind. And they’re two of my favorites, so clearly I’d love to read them both and discuss them.
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Although this really is geared towards an older children’s/middle grade group, there are so many darker adult themes that are woven through it. I think it would be interesting to discuss these themes as well as the characters and how they interact.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
We all know my throwing issues with this book, but I actually read this at the same time as a good friend and had such an interesting conversation with her about it that I think it would be perfect to discuss in a book club.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Maybe it’s just because I’m going to finally see Wicked in February, but I think this would be excellent to discuss and compare to The Wizard of Oz. I’d love to sit in on that book talk!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
There are so many points about this book that would make for very interesting discussion, but the one thing I want to discuss is what happens to Humberto. Because that shizz was awful.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
But only if we can dress like wizards, have wizard duels and drink lots and lots of butterbeer (okay I’m a total nerd for HP).
The Waltz by Dorothy Parker
Ever since my senior year when I first discovered Dorothy Parker I have had a mild obsession with her. The Waltz is one of my favorites and would be a great girl-power discussion… and we could all dress in our Roarin Twenties get ups!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
There’s not a whole lot you could discuss about this book except to discuss how awesome it is!
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I feel like this book helped to change how I think of YA literature and opened my eyes to a lot of different themes that I really tiptoed away from. I think discussing these darker themes would be interesting and relating them to other YA works.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
As I mentioned in last Tuesday’s Top Ten I really hated this book. But honestly, I think it would be such an interesting discussion book because there are bound to be other opinions about it. I also think it would be interesting to dissect each of the sections of it, maybe analyze the different characters. I still hated this book.
The Hunger Games and Twilight – because what book club DOESN’T read these at least once?
Seriously, these Top Ten Tuesdays are getting harder and harder to do! I had a crazy hard time coming up with books that I think would be great book club reads. Although most of the books I read I’d love to read for a book club just so I can talk about them with people. Luckily, I have my lovely book blogging community to do just that with!
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