Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Book Club Selections

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's topic is "top 10 books we would choose to discuss at a book club."

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Honestly, I don't know how you can NOT include this book on this kind of list! It's a perfect book club selection. This might not be an "original" choice, but I HAVE to include it - it's just that good.

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon - This book was just so different from anything I've ever read. I'll be honest. When I first heard about it, I thought that it was actually written by an autistic man (I had just finished reading Look Me in the Eye, which WAS). Well, it wasn't, it was completely a work of fiction by a non-autistic man...but written as IF by an autistic savant. It was really interesting how he captured thought processes and such. Really neat book for a club to discuss.

3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I always suggest this one, because I think it is a great book to start discussions on teen bullying and suicide. And the way that the story is presented, with the 13 cassette tapes told by Hannah herself before her death....totally a page turner.

4. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson - Now THIS is a page turner! A psychological thrill ride! A woman with a rare kind of amnesia whose brain resets every time she goes to sleep and basically comes to find out that she cannot trust her own husband. This would make for some fun discussions!

5. Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher - a book about a girl who is kidnapped and taken to the middle of nowhere. This book talks about the unusual relationship that is forged between captor and would be interesting to discuss the psychology behind this.

6. Crank by Ellen Hopkins - We will be discussing this one in my YA Lit class this semester, and I am really looking forward to it. It is a great book to illustrate the nightmares of drug abuse. Not just for the addict, but for the addict's family. Plus Hopkins' free verse style....simply awesome!

7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - along with the sequel Fever, definitely one of my favorite series! It is one of the first ones that I recommend to people who are just starting out with reading YA or considering it. There is just so much to discuss about it.

8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - Sigh, this is just a beautiful, beautiful book. For a YA book, it is sooooo....I don't know, deep, I guess. Yet it is written in a way that is just plain entertaining too. It is a gem of a book that deserves lots of conversations.

9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham - I chose this one because I really like how the main character, Tessa, who has cancer, makes a list of things she wants to do before she dies, and sets out to accomplish those things. I just think this could spark a lot of interesting conversation.

10. Fracture by Megan Miranda - I just finished reading this last night. It was amazing! This is a debut book that deserves all the hype!

So, now I want to know - what books would YOU pick for a book club gathering? Leave your link (or your choices) below, and if you are a new follower let me know so I can return the favor! :)


Hollie said...

I spent a majority of Before I Die disliking Tessa, and then found myself crying like an absolute baby at the end! Completely agree with Curious Incident too! I haven't read it in so long, but I think it's an extremely thought-provoking book!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Melissa Haggerty said...

I love your list!! Quite a few of these books are on my wish list to buy. And the others will probably find their way there. 13 Reasons Why is an amazing book! I love it and it would definitely be a good book for a club.

Thanks for stopping by and following me, I'm following you now, too.

Amanda said...

I really need to get around to reading the Help. Can't believe I haven't yet. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

nea barabea said...

I got Fracture a couple of days ago! I still need to read it! I need to study right now, so it will need to wait :/ A really great list Kary :)

Anonymous said...

Great list. I want to read Fracture. Wither is a wonderful addition for a book club. Thanks for your suggestions.

-FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
My Top Ten...

Suey said...

What an awesome list. Some I would love to add to our book club line up (Before I Go To Sleep for instance) but some I know they would just say no (Crank is one guess). We are in the process now of deciding our next list and I can't wait to see what ends up on it!

Ksexton2990 said...

Great list! I can not wait to read Fracture!


Anonymous said...

I really want to get a high school book club going. There are so many awesome books that are just a wee bit too much for my 7th and 8th graders. Nice choices. Here is my list

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVED The Help and Wither. Fracture is totally on my list and one of these days, I'll get to it. :)

Great list!

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Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

Great list! The Book Thief and The Help made mine as well. This is the first I've heard of Crank and it sounds really good. I've always wanted to read a verse novel but I've just never gotten around to it, but this one looks like a good pick.

Here is the rest of my list if you want to check it out My Top Ten

Heidi said...

I think The Book Thief and The Help get the awards this week for books on the most lists...which to me doesn't mean that they're unoriginal picks but that they are GOOD picks. And I need to read them both.

The Lively Reader said...

Great list-- I wish I had put The Help on my Top Ten this week. This is not a YA title but it has sure been popular with my teenage readers.

Crystal Grant said...

Fracture was so good! Wither would make a great book for a club! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

Allison said...

Excellent list! I agree, Ellen Hopkins' books would make for a great book club discussion. Even the format alone would promote an interesting conversation... so many people are divided on verse novels.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, and I'm going to follow yours, too! I love your blog's name- so clever. :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I love # 1, 2 and 8, all great choices. I've been curious about the Wither series and now I think I'll have to check it out.

Marmaladelibby (aka Ange) said...

Many I haven't read but that are on my TBR list! (P.S. Thx 4 the follow!)

Jennifer said...

I have to read Fracture...there have been great reviews all over the place! Thanks for visiting! New follower!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

This is a fabulous list! I am a new follower.

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Sara of The Page Sage said...

13 Reasons Why, The Help, and The Book Thief are three of my favorites! I really want to read Before I Die because I loved You Against Me so much! (:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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