Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Book Club Picks

This week's topic from The Broke and Bookish is book club picks, and some of mine might be a bit odd, but here goes...

1. Peaches
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
Meg Rosoff
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
E. Lockhart
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.

4. Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
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.

5. Bunheads
Sophie Flack
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
Rachel Simmons
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
Daisy Whitney
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
John Green
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.

10. Columbine
Dave Cullen
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.


  1. I read Mockingjay and agree - the entire Hunger Games should be read by all :-)

    1. That series would be SO GOOD to read as a book club. I wish I'd had someone to discuss the books with when I was reading them.

  2. Great picks! How I Live Now and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks are two of my favorite books ever ever ever and I think they'd make great discussion books.

    I didn't care for The Future of Us, but I can see how having a discussion about it with teens would open the book up in new ways.

    P.S.--I'm going to read Peaches soon. Really soon. Promise.

    1. Yeah, The Future of Us was a bit odd. I liked it, but it was quite a bit different than I was expecting. Still, I think the questions it brings up are really interesting.

      YES! Read Peaches!!!!!

  3. I've seen TFioS on a few lists and at 40 pages in, already agree! It's amazing. And ahhh, Frankie! I meant to include that one on my list too.

  4. I chose Frankie Landau-Banks too! And basically said the same thing- it's the BEST for a book club. So brilliant and so much to discuss. Great minds think alike, huh? Love the rest of your choices, too. I need to read Peaches some time!

    1. I've seen Frankie on a couple of lists and it makes me so happy. & yes, read Peaches!

  5. Nice picks! TFioS and The Future of Us are on my TBR list. I'm intrigued by Peaches. Will have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Haha glad to see that a couple of my picks are already on your TBR list. :)

  6. Argh! You make me want to read everything! Now I'm going to have to head on over to Goodreads and add to the old TBR list. ;)

  7. So many awesome picks! I will now definitely check out The Mockingbirds and Peaches- thanks for the suggestions!
    The Disreputable History, Bunheads, Future of Us- such great reads! I think they would definitely get the conversation going.
    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten :)

  8. I have seen The Fault in Our Stars a lot today. I have to give it a try. Thanks for all of the great suggestions.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My Top Ten...

  9. Oooh I just got so excited to see Peaches and How I Live Now on your list! I haven't heard too many bloggers talk about them and I just loved them!