TTT: Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten list is:

Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Books

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley – I literally just read this one and I haven’t even written the review for it yet, but it’s a great choice. YA enough for young readers but would also appeal to adults.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – John Green is an amazing writer, and just like Whaley’s book, his books can appeal to both YA readers and adult readers.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – A lovely book with plenty of discussion possibilities.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption – Because it’s an amazing book, it’s total book club bait, and I recommend it any chance I get.

My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe – A fun, readable memoir by a guy who marries into a Korean family and is convinced to buy his mother-in-law a deli in Brooklyn.

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian – Bohjalian completely owns book clubs with his other books and this one is no different. It’s genuinely creepy and would be fun to discuss over drinks with fellow readers.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson – Quirky and total discussion fodder. Plus it’s actually el-oh-el funny in quite a few places. Bonus fun: sit back and wait for everyone to get pissed when they find out it’s not about vampires.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta – Another veteran of many book clubs with past production like Election and Little Children. Some of the stuff that the characters do is just so bizarre it warrants discussion.

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern – A no-brainer. Enjoyable and very well-written, it would appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman – Creepy and atmospheric with an interesting twist at the end that will delight some people and send others into a rage. Which, of course, is the best kind of book.

I tried to pick some YA books and some adult books to cover a variety of different kinds of book clubs. Of course, there are tons more I could think of but since I’m not huge on critical discussion – as some clubs tend to be – I went more for the kind of group that would just kick back with a box of wine & talk books.

What were your choices? Please comment and leave a link so that I can check out your list!

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  1. Wow. I haven’t read any of those books! I don’t know if that means I’m lame or that I need to join your book club!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have The Leftovers sitting on my shelf, I need to pick that back up and give it a try. And yes, any John Green book would elicit a ton of discussion in my opinion. Great list:)

  3. chimneywriter

     /  February 1, 2012

    Nice list! I only tried joining a book club once in school, but they always read books that I found to be uninteresting. There was one book they read that I was liking, but of course I had to miss the meeting that night do to other engagements. Such is life I suppose. I really need to read some John Green.

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