Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Book Club Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

Today's topic asks about books we would like to read with a book club. I'm not part of any in-person book clubs—just the Internet-based Spotlight Book Club, which I host along with my co-bloggers at Lit Up Review—but here are a few ripe-for-discussion titles that I would love to read with a group.

1. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
I read this book earlier this month (look for my review coming soon), and upon finishing, I was bursting to talk about it. I texted Willa, and we had an hour-long conversation that was part serious discussion and part incoherent fangirling.

2. Inland by Kat Rosenfield
This cryptic, literary book tells the kind of story that leaves readers thinking about it for days, trying to understand it.

3. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
This open-ended book told entirely in pictures tells the kind of story you have to discuss because there are so many ways to interpret it.

4. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
I've resigned myself to the fact that this book will appear on 90 percent of my Top Ten Tuesdays from here on out—it is just so perfect in every way that it fits into so many categories. Seriously, though, I would love to analyze its clever character names with a book club.

5. Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
This book sends some strong, relevant messages about feminism that would make a great spark for discussion.

6. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Considering I'm still not quite sure what to make of this book's ending, I would love to discuss it in-depth.

7. Like No Other by Una LaMarche
From its nuanced portrayal of a culture most readers won't be familiar with to that ending, this book is full of so much to talk about.

8. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This retelling of Peter Pan made me want to analyze its writing, its narration, and its original manipulation of a classic story.

9. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
This satirical story set in a world where teenage girls are begged to get pregnant because the adults can't offers a lot of food for thought—about our society and about what makes a successful dystopian novel.

10. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
A book club could act as a necessary support group for this book's heartbreaking scenes.

Are you part of a book club? If so, what books have you read? If not, what titles would you suggest if you were part of one?

Side note: If you live in the United States or Canada, you should check out this giveaway that I'm hosting thanks to the lovely people at Candlewick Press. Six YA titles are up for grabs, and it ends tomorrow night, so be sure to get your entries in!


  1. Nice list!
    I just added And We Stay to my Goodreads, thanks, it sounds great!
    Tea and Cakes

  2. Hooray! Tiger Lily made my list too! Nice choices :) I want to read Tell The Wolves I'm Home so badly!

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  3. Chopsticks is a great choice! I just bought that one the other day and I'm really looking forward to reading it. I also want to read Dangerous Girls, it would be great to discuss theories and predictions with a group.
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  4. From what little I know of Tiger Lily that one does seem a perfect book club pick. It looks and sounds complex.

  5. Ooh I love your list! Dangerous Girls is a seriously excellent pick


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