Jodi Lynn Anderson
Honestly I'd love to include all three books in this series, but that would take up too many spaces on the list. This is just such a perfect discussion book to me, with its three very different main characters and the troubles they find themselves in. I love it, but I haven't had the chance to discuss it much with others (mostly because nobody else seems to have read it).
2. How I Live Now
This is one of the weirdest books I've read and I'd love to get other people's takes on it. It's a little bit dystopian, little bit icky love story, little bit survivalist... I honestly don't know what to call it, but it's a powerful book that handles difficult subject matters really well.
3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
This is sort of maybe my top book club pick; it's just so perfect. There's so much to talk about with this book, and it's funny and wondrous and well-written also. As great as it is reading this book on your own, I suspect it would be so much better reading and discussing with others.
Okay, yeah, this book can't really stand without the first two books. But that doesn't change the fact that it would make an awesome book club pick. As soon as I finished reading it I wanted to discuss it with everyone I could find, and people have such different opinions on this last HG installment that it makes talking about the book extra-interesting.
This is a really interesting book on a subject that I haven't often read about (the professional ballet world) and there's enough layers here to warrant some really good conversations.
6. Odd Girl Out
I think you've probably gotten sick of hearing me talk about this book but honestly it's just so great, so needed, so important. There's a part of me that wishes it were required reading for every teacher and every parent of girls. And every girl, also. EVERYONE.
7. The Mockingbirds
This is another book that (to my surprise), people had very different reactions to and I'd love to get to discuss that in a group setting. There really are some very very different interpretations.
8. The Future of Us
Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
While not as much a favorite of mine as many of these books are, this one brings up some really thought-provoking questions that I think would work well as discussion points.
9. The Fault In Our Stars
This is such a good book to talk about. And by "good" I mean "fun." Everyone has very solid opinions on it and bringing those opinions together would, I think, give readers a bigger-picture perspective on the book, its characters, and its events.
An incredibly well-researched book, this is very different from anything else on my list, but even so it's one of those books that lends itself well to discussion, especially since the event the book is about has become such a big part of history.