Today is Tuesday, and that means it's Top Ten day over at The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books Book Club Picks. Back in 2009, when I used to do my own Top Ten Tuesday lists, I posted a list of favorite book club picks (check out my earlier list), so I thought today I would stick to books I have read since then. Some of these I did read for one of my book groups; others I read on my own but was dying to talk about them with someone! What all of these books have in common is that they are not only interesting and well-written but guaranteed to spark some good discussions. I skipped over the obvious choices and tried to highlight some you may not be familiar with:
Top Ten Book Club Picks:
- The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, a powerful, haunting novel about the Salem witch trials, with plenty to talk about.
- The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, fascinating true story of a young woman in 1930's New York.
- The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, my book group's pick for our 100th book sparked lots of conversation.
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, an epic novel about how a school shooting dramatically changed several lives.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a compelling novel about a early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
- Room by Emma Donoghue, one of my favorite books read in the last 5 years, and I was dying to talk to someone about it when I finished!
- Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran, enjoyed by everyone in my book group.
- She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan, a fascinating memoir about a transgendered person.
- The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon, a beautifully written, wonderful novel...and the author is willing to participate in book groups through Skype!
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave, sure to spark great discussions about choices and consequences.
My two book groups are always looking for new ideas. What books do you think would make great book group picks?