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!


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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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.


  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. 🙂


    • 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).


  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.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


  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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