Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

I am not going for a specific group for these choices; some would be better fitted to a woman’s group, some young adult and so forth. Most of them are books we have done for my book clubs and I loved them!

The Night Circus – This is a book I have already recommended to my book club at my library. The book is all kinds of wonderful, its lyrical, deep and has a heart wrenching love story.

The Help – I LOVED this book. I was one of those “I won’t be a band-wagoner” person but then I was gifted this from a dear friend and felt obligated to read it and I am so happy I did! It’s always nice to have a book that stands out on so many levels. Plus, it would be fun to watch the movie after reading the book!

Water for Elephants – This is another book that is fun because of the era in which the story takes place. The love story is divine, but the book was so much more than just a love triangle and Rosie takes the cake for my favorite character!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – How cool is this book? I am hoping to use it for my YA book club sometime soon and have the kids do a fun project relating to photographs.

The Hunger Games – It’s one of the most popular books out there, I think it would be interesting to read the story and determine why it is so popular as so many did when the Harry Potter phenomenon hit.

Eat, Pray, Love – This would be a fun summer read, we read it for part of our “Novel destinations” summer reading program last year.

Wicked – I love this whole series. In the back of Wicked, Gregory Maguire gives all kinds of “extras” including questions to be used at book club discussions. It would also be fun to compare it to the original story by L. Frank Baum and/or the movie. By the way, did you know that Maguire came up with the name Elphaba from the sound of L. Frank Baum's initials? How cool!

Dracula – We needed a classic on this list and this one has been re-done so many times in so many different formats that I thought it was a given. It would also be fun to follow up with one of the novels written from Mina’s point of view such as Dracula in Love.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – This book would be fun for all ages. It is a good read when you are younger but looking back as an adult is surreal. It is SO weird to re-read a book from your childhood and see all of the underlying messages. It really makes you take a step back and think about what you are reading.

The Book Club Cookbook – I have used this book to help plan many book club events and it is SO fun to find cool recipes to go with books you are reading. My book club made Honey Cakes when we read The Secret Life of Bees!


  1. A few of these books are on my TBR list. And the Book Club Cook Book sounds awesome. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. The Book Club Cookbook is so cool and there are a few others like The Book Lover's Cookbook and Literary Feasts that I have tried out as well!

  2. The Night Circus and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe are both amazing group read suggestions. I had not thought to add either to my list. Thank you for all of your suggestions.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
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  3. I have Hunger Games on my list too! Other than Dracula, I have all of your other books on my to be read list! They sound so great!

    Here's my Top Ten

  4. I totally want to get my hands on that cook book! How awesome! I really need to read The Help already...I usually don't go in for 'those' books, but since I've heard nothing but good from people whose opinions I trust, I'm gonna try it.

    1. I really enjoyed The Help and I really didn't think that I would. The movie is also pretty awesome, the casting was near perfect and it was very close to the book. Highly recommended!