Top Ten Books To Read With A Book Club
I’ve never been in an official Book Club – the English Literature Department started one when I was at school, but it sadly only lasted for the duration of one book… Recently though, Stefani, Brandie and I accidentally started an on-line Book Club of sorts for when we do joint-reads and reviews, more on this to follow! 😀 To me, books to read with a Book Club should be engaging, possibly controversial and should encourage debate, so these are my top ten picks!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: This book is full of twists and turns, and has two very unlike-able main characters, which I think would make for some seriously interesting discussions. It’s a book I adore-to-hate, it evoked strong feelings in me, and it’s my favourite Flynn book to-date.
2. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver: I don’t think it’s possible to create a Book Club list and not include this read. It’s dark. It’s disturbing. It will make you question nature vs. nurture like you never have before.
3. Room by Emma Donoghue: A book that deals with a dark subject (kidnapping and sexual abuse) from the point-of-view of an innocent 5-year-old child. A very brave, different and unique take that will open the floor to all sorts of conversations.
4. Before I Go by Colleen Oakley: A 2015 debut that would make for a very emotional and difficult Book Club read, I think, but one that would be very worthwhile. It will make you think about mortality, about the frailty of the human condition, and about love. Bring wine. Bring Kleenex. (Check out my interview with the author and enter to win a hardback copy! 😉 )
5. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas: I could be cheating with this one. Slightly. But if a Book Club were open to Fantasy reads I think this could be so interesting – the detail in these stories, the world-building and the relationships, would all lend themselves to some seriously in-depth conversations and speculations!
6. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Book Club reads work well when they focus on a particular issue of significance. This mental health read should provoke some very interesting conversations, and may offer an insight into schizophrenia from the sufferer’s point of view (also, written by a mental health nurse, so we’re assuming there’s some factual relevance here).
7. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman: A fantastic YA read that I reread and adored as an adult. This book flips the tables of racism and explores a world where white people are persecuted and people of colour are in power. A very powerful book that is sure to stay with you.
8. Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson: I LOVED this book when I first read it – I think this would make a fantastic Book Club read as there is just so much to discuss and explore! The mystery, the thrills, the psychological mind-meld!!
9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: I can’t write a list and not include a CoHo book. It just isn’t possible. I haven’t read enough of her back catalogue to know yet if another book would be better suited to a Book Club (perhaps the Never Never series because of the suspense and mystery element?), but with Maybe Someday having its own soundtrack, this read could be a lighter alternative to the dark and heavy books on my list!
10. Anything by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult books are what I refer to as “issues” books – she is one of my top authors and my go-to for a read that will revolve around a moral/ethical dilemma, dealing with an illness, or an emotional/relationship-based social commentary read.
Have you read any of my picks? Do you think they’d make great reads for a Book Club? What have you picked today? Link me up or let me know in the comments!