Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of a particular fondness towards lists. Each week, a new top ten question will be posted on the hosting blog for other blogs to join in with on their own blogs. All you need to do to join in is link back to the host somewhere on your post, and add your link to the linky list via the host.

This week's post is:

Top Ten Great Book Club Picks

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: This is one that I read for my own book club, when I used to attend one during my gap year before University. I honestly thought I'd dislike the book immensely, but it has turned out to be one of my all-time favourites! And it definitely sparks a lot of discussion!

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney: This is another one that I've read as part of a book club, and another that I was surprised by liking. I think this one is great for a book club because it's kind of, what we would call in Britain, a 'marmite' book: You either love it or you hate it. It definitely sparks discussion. 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: This is without a doubt, in my top three favourite books of all time. I adore it. I think it would be a great read for a book club, again because there is plenty to talk about, and I think most people would enjoy it!

Soulless by Gail Carriger: I'd choose this one because it is quite unique, and it would certainly be something different for the book club that I used to attend (seeing as I was the youngest by a generation). It's a really fun and humorous read, and again, I don't think there would be many people that would dislike it.

blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris: This is another that will definitely spark some discussion! You read to about three quarters of the way through this one and all of a sudden, you don't know what's right and wrong - the whole thing pretty much gets flipped on its head! It's quite a shocking, but thrilling read!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Again, because it is so different. I read  this back in the Summer and absolutely adored it - as has everyone I know who has read it, so I can't see it failing in a book club situation, really.

Room by Emma Donoghue: This one was a truly moving read, and I know I'm saying this for nearly every single one I'm choosing here, but there is a lot to talk about! I always think that successful book club reads need to be stunning, or provoke serious debate, and this does both, in my opinion!

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde: This is a spectacular books by one of my favourite authors. I read Jasper's The Eyre Affair as my first proper adult book when I was about 12 or 13, and I really loved it. I'd had this one pre-ordered for about a month and then read it in a couple of days. I even went and met Jasper and had my copy signed. That was February 2009, so the second in the series has been a long time coming! This one would be great in a book club because it's definitely unique, and it takes you so far away from normality, that there is plenty to talk about!

The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale: This is one of the only Historical Fiction novels I've ever enjoyed. I think it has something to cater for everyone - there is the science of making Fireworks, the family relationships, subtle romance and a troublesome situation for the heroine. What more could you want?

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: I love it when I get to mention this book on the blog - it's an amazing read. Again, you have a little bit of everything: mystery, romance, historical settings, contemporary settings and truly great characters. I doubt it could get much better!


Allison said...

I love that The Tenderness of Wolves is on your list! (and that you actually read it at a book club...)

I've been meaning to read it for ages, I'm glad to hear you liked it.

Pen to Paper said...

I really loved it Allison - although, it's handy to keep a couple of post-it notes in the back so you can write down all the characters - there are A LOT of them!

:) Dani

Lori said...

Delirium is one of those books you must talk about when you finish it, so I completely agree with that one. Great list!
My Top Ten Tuesday

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I may propose Room for our next book group read. I'd love to hear what others thought about this book.

Here is my Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks. I hope you will stop by!

Tanya Patrice said...

I've been meaning to read Room for a while now - so thanks for the reminder :-) And Delirium - loved it!

abilouise said...

The Book of Fires is on my Kindle TBR List! So excited to read it :)

Here's mine... :) http://abilouise-loveofliterature.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-ten-tuesday-1.html


Pen to Paper said...

Awww Abi, I think you'll love The Book of Fires! :) Get to it soon!

Dani xx

Carole Rae said...

Great picks! I wouldn't mind reading and discussing these books.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Soulless, I still have to read the series. Great list!

-FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
My Top Ten...

Pen to Paper said...

I loved Soulless! I even interview Gail Carriger! You can read my interview with her by clicking HERE.

Dani :)

Amanda said...

I've had Never Let Me Go on my list for so long! I keep seeing it on everyone's lists... Going to have to get to it soon!

Great list this week!

Here's my Top Ten.

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