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!
1. 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.
4. 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.
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.