Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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 victim...it 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! :)