Top Ten Book Club Books

Back in 2006, as a new stay-at-home mom desperate for adult company, I started a classics book club at my local library. This book club thrived, and I ran it for about 5.5 years before time conflicts obliged me to give it up. I adored that book club, and have never found another one where I felt 100% comfortable. At the same time, being constrained to classics eventually became a bit tiresome, and I started wishing for a group that discussed a whole variety of books, a group of friends with like-minded interests, rotating host duties every month. Maybe one day, I’ll have a group like that. In the meantime, I present the top ten books (in no particular order) that I would love to discuss with this sort of book club!

unit1. Possession by AS Byatt – This is one of my all-time favorite books and so rich with layers. It’s also the sort of book that people either love or hate. It would create a fantastic discussion! (Bonus: Movie!)

2. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist – I wish more people would read this book. I wish I had people with whom to discuss the ending, the ethics, the world-building…

3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – I loved this one so much but was never able to form coherent thoughts to review it. A book club would help me to wrap my head around why I loved it so much, I think.

26621694. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan – Another knotty, layered book with a ton to dissect. As the years passed in my classics book club, I found that this kind of book always created the best meetings/discussions.

5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Because it’s so much better than Twilight, and because again, there are tons of things to discuss here (ethics, humanity, discrimination…). (Bonus: Movie!)

6. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy – Really, I just want more people to read this one. Please? (Bonus: Movie!)

7. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – Actually, any and all Brandon Sanderson will do. But this one, being a standalone and (again) very layered, would make an excellent discussion.

little-children-novel-tom-perrotta-paperback-cover-art8. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Slow, literary fantasy steeped in mythology and history. Would be so fun to dissect with a group!

9. The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton – The premise and story are simple; the emotions and people are not. Plus, more people need to read Ms. Thornton!

10. Little Children by Tom Perotta – I can’t not compare this one with Kate Chopin’s Awakening, which I did read with my classics club, and which did generate excellent conversation. And like Brandon Sanderson, pretty much any Tom Perotta would make for a great meeting. (Bonus: Movie!)

Alternates (because I can’t leave it at ten!): The Night Circus (Movie??), Shadow and Bone, Notes on a Scandal (Movie!), The Monk, and Howl’s Moving Castle (Movie!).

As you can see, a book club reading all these would be an extremely diverse group!

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12 Responses to Top Ten Book Club Books

  1. Great list! I’ve only read Return of the Native, and I was in high school so I barely remember it. I want to read Serphina with my teens soon.

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  2. Shaina says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but The Golem and the Jinni and The Monk are both on my list! Perhaps we can do a read-along sometime. 🙂

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    • Amanda says:

      I admit, I’m TERRIBLE at read-alongs. I tend to start out with everyone and either give up the book, or read ahead, and I almost never post as-I-go-along updates. I like buddy-reads better, where two people read a book and then do a joint review conversation style (or responding to questions by the other person, with links out to each others’ blogs).

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  3. Seraphina is still on my wish list. Other than that I’ve only read The Host. I wish Stephenie Meyer would finish the series already–if she still plans to do that.

    TTT
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  4. Natalie says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned the Unit. I used to work with a lady who loved to read like me and we swapped back and forth. A mini book club if you will. We talked about the Unit for weeks

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