top ten tuesday: books I’d like to read with a book club

TTTHi everyone! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, the wonderful weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books I’d Like to Read With a Book Club. I’ve decided to split this list into two parts: books I’ve already read and books I haven’t read.

Books I’ve Already Read:

the handmaid's tale cover1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I think this would be a great book to read with a book club because there are countless topics to discuss: the role of religion in government, the amount of restrictions the government should be able to enforce, the role of women in society in comparison to that of men- the list goes on and on!

life after life cover2. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The ending of this book basically blew my mind. I had a hard time deciphering what had actually happened and what it all meant, and it would have been great to have someone to discuss it with. Plus, the constant suspense and mystery in this book would make for some really interesting predictions.

eat pray love3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I adored this book when I read it last year, but when I began to read more reviews about it I discovered that many people had mixed feelings about it. I would have loved to discuss it with other readers as I was reading it and debate whether or not Gilbert was genuine in her tale of becoming more in tune with herself (I think she was!).

we were liars cover4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There are so many varying opinions of this book out there that I think reading it in a book club would have been really interesting! Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the effectiveness, mystery, and overall quality of this story and I think it would lead to some long- and maybe even heated!- discussions in a book club setting.

city of bones cover5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book and series in general has such a large cast of characters and countless plot lines. I think it would be really fun to be able to share the excitement, surprise, and fangirling moments in this book with other readers in a book club.

Books I Have Not Read:

a game of thrones cover6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve always wanted to read this book, but I’m so intimidated by it! I’ve heard that there are a ton of characters and I know it’s quite lengthy, and I’m just not sure if I would like it or not. It would be nice to be able to read it with a book club that would keep me on track and give me a push to actually read it.

cinder cover7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. So many people have raved about this book, and it just sounds like such a fun story to read and enjoy with a larger group of readers. And there are even more books in the series, so if the group enjoys this one then you can always move on to the next one.

the silmarillion cover8. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings multiple times, but this one has always seemed a bit daunting to me. Perhaps it’s because it doesn’t have the same characters or the story is unfamiliar to me. Either way, having some support while reading this would make the experience so much better!

jane eyre cover9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I know a lot of people who love this classic, and I think it would therefore be a really enjoyable and fun book to read with a book club. Sometimes the language in these books can be a bit tricky, too, and it’s nice to have some people to discuss it with and help you if necessary.

thirteen reasons why cover10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but I’ve been avoiding it because I know it’s going to be sad. Having other people read it with me would give me the push I need to actually sit down and read this novel.

And those are ten books that I would like to read with a book club! That would be a pretty good book club, I think. 🙂

What books would you like to read with a book club? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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17 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: books I’d like to read with a book club

  1. Jane Eyre is actually surprisingly easygoing for a classic… I know when I read it the first time, I was gearing up for language like Austen uses, and it’s not like that at all =)
    I’m hoping to read The Silmarillion too, I’m intimidated as well!
    Everyone’s putting We Were Liars on their list… if my hypothetical book club read it, I’d spend the whole time lampooning it… I was one of the one who didn’t like it much.

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    1. That’s good to hear! The language in Pride and Prejudice was a bit tricky for me when I read it years ago (I was younger then though, so that might have had something to do with it as well) so it’s nice to know that it’s easier to get through.
      I think it would be so fun to discuss We Were Liars, especially with people who disliked it- oh, the heated discussions we could get into! 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. I definitely want to read Jane Eyre! I have actually been telling myself to do so but with all the readings for class and course work, I never have time! Eat, Pray, Love is also on my list!
    Great post!

    Ana xx

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 I definitely recommend Eat, Pray, Love. Usually I think that nonfiction books or memoirs are sort of slower paced, but that one reads more like a novel and is actually really captivating. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing style, and the experiences that she has are absolutely fascinating. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up!

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    1. That happens to me with so many books! I just reread Catcher in the Rye because I definitely didn’t get enough out of it when I read it in my ninth grade English class. This time around was so much better! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  3. I love love love the TMI series. I recently recommended that to a friend, who would not stop telling me all the moments that he fell in love with haha.

    Thirteen Reasons Why is an incredible book! I’d highly recommend reading it at some point – one of the best books in YA!

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    1. I definitely agree- the TMI series is fantastic! I love how long and complex it is because it reminded me of Harry Potter in that regard, even though the content is completely different.
      So many people have recommended 13 Reasons Why to me- I just need to sit down and actually read it haha
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  4. I’ve been puting GOT off too because of the length and because of the fact that SO MANY PEOPLE supposedly die. I’ve read the Handmaid’s tale twice (once on my own and once with a class in college) and I agree it’s the perfect group read because it’s a dystopian that has so many of the problems our society does today, just on a magnified scale. Great list this week! My TTT

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Yeah GOT is one of those books that I think I’ll have to be in the right mood for, but I’m just too busy with school and stuff at the moment to dive into a knew world with all of those characters and feelings and stuff. Hopefully in the summer!

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