Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.   This meme features a different top 10 list every week.

This week's list is:

Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Good Book Club Picks

(1) The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubos III.   I experienced very strong emotions reading this book - it's definitely the type of novel you'll want to discuss with others.  

(2) My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.   My favourite of Du Maurier's novels, this one is guaranteed to generate lots of discussion.   It will surprise you how differently readers will interpret certain events of this book.  

(3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.   Narrated by Death, this work of YA historical fiction appeals to fans of all ages.  

(4) Atonement by Ian McEwan.   This stunning novel set during the 1930s and during WWII provides many topics for discussion. 

(5) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.   Love it or hate it (I'm firmly in the love camp) there will be no shortage of discussion if you select Wolf Hall as a book club selection. 

(6) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.   Parts of this book are difficult to read, but this story of friendship will stay with each reader. 

(7) The Lost Prince by David Baldwin.   This would be a great selection for a book club whose members love history or historical fiction.   This work of non-fiction puts forward the notion that Richard, Duke of York, one of the two princes in the Tower allegedly put to death by Richard III, survived. 

(8) Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik.  This novel, which centres around a group of friends who are part of a book club, is a definite must read for book clubs. 

(9) Outlaw by Angus Donald.   The first in Donald's trilogy about Robin Hood, this book would make a great book club selection since it puts an interesting spin on the Robin Hood legend.  Whether or not readers like Donald's characterization of Robin himself would be a great focus for discussion. 
(10) Persuasion by Jane Austen.  Every book club must include at least one Jane Austen title in it's selections.  Since this is my favourite of Austen's works this is the one I'd go with. 

What books would you recommend to book clubs?