Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books to Read in Book Club. I've been in a couple of informal book clubs--one a defunct group of young people in the YA community, the other a women's church group that I hope to rejoin once I'm feeling better. But if I were to recommend some book club books, let's be honest: they'd basically just be the ones I recommend here all the time anyway.
So instead, today I'm going to share my Top Ten Books I've Read in Book Club, derived from this Goodreads shelf. I've only read about two-thirds of the books we're meant to have read so far, so be aware that this list is limited in that way.
1) Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Oops! Looks like one of my oft-recommended books ended up here anyway. The women's church group read this (long after I already had) in July of 2014. Since this may be the book I've recommended most often on this blog, I don't think I need to tell you about it again. But if you haven't read it, do get on that.
2) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I've also recommended this book here before, but it's definitely worth a re-recommend. We read it in the YA group last November, I believe. All American Boys is a striking, emotional YA contemporary about race and police brutality.
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This was the pick for the women's club last October. I only just read it myself, but I loved it. The Night Circus is an adult fantasy novel about a magical contest held in a strange travelling circus that is disrupted by a star-crossed love. It's a strange and unique story, but the feelings are very familiar, and I adored the romance aspect.
4) Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. The women's club read this in October 2014. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is an adult magical realism-type novel about an autistic boy who is kidnapped, as told from the perspective of his imaginary friend. I love books with unusual POVs (like my own novel, COCA, *wink wink*), and this one was a powerful and original slow burn.
5) Gravity vs. the Girl by Riley Noehren. The novel that the women's group read this August presents another unusual kind of storytelling. Gravity vs. the Girl is an adult contemporary about a woman who, after a severe bout of depression, realizes she needs to return to the home of four of her past selves, her "ghosts", and face up to the things that she couldn't then. It's really insightful and intriguing.
6) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. In January 2015, the women's group read this adult contemporary about an Asperger's-type man who sets out to find the perfect wife--and instead finds a woman who is nothing like what he planned for. For most of this novel, I couldn't decide if I wanted to laugh or cry, but laughing definitely occurred. It's a fun story.
7) The Selection by Kiera Cass. You guys will probably recognize this one too. I picked this YA dystopian romance myself for the women's club to read in August 2014, after they requested something lighter. In The Selection, a diverse group of young women compete for the prince's hand, a la The Bachelor, amidst future America's dystopian political climate. It's a high concept plot with a lot of fluffy fun.
8) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The women's group read this classic in February, though I read it way back in eleventh grade myself. One of my favorite classic novels, The Great Gatbsy presents one man's experience in the 1920s with the tragic breakdown of the American Dream. Honestly, though, I like this book because of Gatbsy and his Romantic sensibilities, which are exactly what Fitzgerald is trying to debunk in this novel. *shrug* Sorry, man.
9) Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The women's club pick for April of last year, Still Alice is a heartrending story, told in simple, understated prose, of one woman's experience with early onset Alzheimer's. I found it quite educational, myself, as well as emotional.
10) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This is another book that I just caught up on, despite it being the women's group read way back in September 2014. It took me a while to get into it, as I really don't like the narrator and her detached way of speaking, but the actual plot is incredible--an intense, Gothic adult thriller with a lot of punch. Graphic content warning on this one, though.
There you have it, my favorite books that we read in the book clubs I've joined. What book club reads do you like? Let me know, and I'll see you again tomorrow.
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