Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - I think great discussions can be had with this book, it definitely raises a lot of questions. Even if primarily teens would read this.

2. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - Honestly, I hate this book. Thinking of it makes me want to scream, BUT it is interesting when thinking about today's society and that of the book. It's scary how close this book is to hitting home with us, currently. This is something both adults and young adults can discuss, and talk about.

3. Saving June by Hannah Harrington - This is something that I feel that most teens can read and maybe even understand. And this is even good for adults, because it touches on topics that can be difficult to discuss.

4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Another book that I feel like teens and adults can read together, especially. Eating disorders are something, that I feel, adults do not understand fully, so when discussing with teens, it gives better insight.

5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - I know that this is an old book, but it still has the same power that it did back when it was first published.

6. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky - Another YA dystopia, but the only reason I think this would be good for book clubs is because of the message that gets sent, especially in a school book club. A lot can be discussed like the broken society, the functioning of the schools, and what technology does to teens as a whole.

7. Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler - I can see this book in Mom-Daughter book clubs, because it's a beautiful collection of young girl's in their passage to womanhood.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This was actually a book club book that we had in my high school, and some of the discussions that arise were fascinating.

9. My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow - Again, another book club book that I once had. The time period that the book is set in and the character's and events bring something interesting to this novel.

10. XVI by Julia Karr - The things that happen to girl's in this society and what that means parallel to our own time can be a scary thought, but one that should be discussed, I feel.

3 comments:

FABR Steph said...

Great list. Speak is a wonderful addition that I had not thought of.

-FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
My Top Ten...

LHughes said...

Wintergirls is a book that NEEDS to be read in a group and talked about because it's too depressing and serious to be read alone. That's probably one of the heaviest books I've ever read, and luckily I read it for a YA lit class and the discussion afterward helped me process all the tough stuff (eating disorders, cutting, suicide, guilt, drugs, depression).

Anything by Ellen Hopkins would benefit from group discussion too.
Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

Anonymous said...

Nice list -- a lot of stuff that should provoke excellent conversations.

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