Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books I'd Love to Read with My Book Club.  I've been in a few book clubs, but they never seem to last for a lengthy period of time what with busy schedules and people losing interest quickly.  Regardless, these are a few books I'd really be interested in reading as a group and discussing.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it as of yet.  I think it would garner a good discussion about relationships and how memory is dealt with.
Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • This book just sounds awesome and disturbing.  A discussing of personal reactions would be interesting...
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • A rousing discussing of religion, faith, and love would undoubtably follow the conclusion of this book. 
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • I think reading this for a book club choice would force me to actually start reading it.  I've been meaning to read it for years....
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Huge historical backdrops and following your dreams...what good book discussions are made of.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Discussing the repercussions of the foster care system,. beauty, and the human spirit would be on the agenda with this book.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  • See is a beautiful writer and I believe this book would lead to discussions of lyrical writing, history, and methods of adaptation.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • A choice that would probably inspire discussion of "what if" in a group.  It would be interesting to hear what others would want to their last lectures to be.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Published with much scandal, I would love to read Flaubert's masterpiece and discover what others think about societal contraints and the intricacies of marriage. 
Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
  • Discussing mental illness, identity, class standing, and how family influences your actions, this would be an ideal choice for any book club.

I love books that make you think, but sometimes you do need to read a little fluff to break up the mental strain.  These books are not, by any means, fluff.  Perhaps that's why I haven't really picked any of them up.  Or...perhaps it's because I keep getting distracted by new releases.  Ugh!  Must remedy this.

What are some books you'd be interested in reading for a book club?

Also, look for next week's Top Ten:  Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read in X Genre.  I haven't decided what X will be yet...

Happy reading!




5 comments:

  1. The Secret Life of Bees is an awesome read!! So, was The Last Lecture. :-)

    Here's a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-love-to.html

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  2. We read The Language of Flowers for book club a few years ago and it was a great choice. I bet the 19th Wife would provide a ton of conversation!

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  3. Out of your list I have only read The Secret Life of Bees, but it was good!

    I think the biggest problem with book clubs would be people not finishing the book (which would be me... I'm slow!) but I do enjoy a great debate about books.

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  4. We could be our own two person book club!! Lol

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  5. Great list! I've always wanted to read the Secret Life of Bees myself! Here's my top 10 Tuesday list:

    http://rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-11-top-10-books-i-would.html

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