Happy Tuesday!! I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween if you celebrate it!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is open-ended, allowing us to choose what kinds of books we would recommend to a book club. In the frustrating, bewildering spirit of the United States presidential election, I’ve decided to go with a rather contentious theme. Without further ado, here my Top Ten Books to Read If Your Book Club Likes to Debate. In some way, shape, or form, these books have sparked debate both within and beyond the book blogging community.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Some people find this book endlessly annoying due to all of Holden’s ranting, while others appreciate it for the way it portrays adolescence and the human experience. Personally, I’m in the latter camp!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The main point of contention with this short, summery book tends to be the dramatic ending. Was it obvious from the very beginning or does it actually deserve praise for being a shocking twist? Once again, I tend to side with the latter opinion– I never saw it coming!
I had a lot of mixed feelings about this classic novel, mostly because I was very confused by the characters’ similar names. It also came across as incredibly overdramatic… am I the only one who feels this way?
This mystery novel is certainly good, but looking back I feel as though it is a bit overrated. There are so many other amazing mystery stories out there! (*cough* And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie *cough*)
I loved this book when I first read it years ago, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about it since then. It seems like people either really love it or have a lot of problems with the romantic relationships in it.
Once again, I loved this book when I first read it; however, I was surprised to find that it has received a surprising number of mixed reviews. Many readers criticize Gilbert’s successful memoir for the story of a privileged, wealthy white women who travels to escape her problems. Personally, I thought it was inspiring, eye-opening, and offered a new perspective on life, happiness, and stepping out of your comfort zone.
I included this book on the list for one simple reason: sometimes it seems as though everyone loves this trilogy except for me. It wasn’t dreadful, but I disliked the main character and thought the romance was sort of lackluster overall.
Oh, the ending of this trilogy was sparked SO MUCH heated debate when it was first published. Though I understand some of the reasoning behind why it ended in the way that it did, I still don’t like it.
While reading this classic novel with my AP English class during my senior year of high school, I quickly realized that this book is pretty polarizing. My classmates tended to either empathize with Pip or think he was incredibly annoying, which made for some very interesting (and frustrating!) class discussions.
Considering the enormous buzz surrounding this work, I think it pretty much goes without explanation. Though it saddens me to say this, I really disliked this unnecessary additional to the Harry Potter universe.
What books do you find controversial or often sparking heated discussions? What do you think of the books on my list? Do you agree or disagree with my opinions? Let me know in the comments section below!