Tuesday, January 31, 2012

top ten Book Club Books

Top Ten Books that would make Great Book Club Picks

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I am doing mine a little differently… I am listing books I have never read, but think would make great Book Club Books… now all I need is a group of friends who are willing to read these books with me!   

I actually came up with a list of twelve books…one for each month of the year.  I also tried to pick books that would appeal to both women and men.

     1.      Left Neglected by Lisa GenovaAn unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters after a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side

     2.      The Help by Kathryn StockettA deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

     3.      The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

     4.      Textual Healing by Eric SmithThe story of Andrew, a self-deprecating, once famous author, his small bookstore in Hoboken, and the colorful characters that surround him

     5.      11/22/63 by Stephen King - On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.  If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it? 

     6.      Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

     7.      An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

     8.      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

     9.      The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - The book is like 6 perfect little novellas, arranged as Russian matroyshka dolls, and as you read, you bore in, and bore back out. Each doll is a different period in time, the outermost being in the early 19th century, the latest being somewhere around 2200. (from a review)
     10.   The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - THE NAMESAKE covers three decades and crosses continents, all the while zooming in at very precise moments on telling detail, sensory richness, and fine nuances of character.

     11.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - A novel of enormous tension and excitement, it is also a tale of obsession and revenge. 

     12.   The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - It is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.
Would you join my book club?


  1. The Book Thief and The Time Travelers Wife are both still on my TBR. Hopefully I will get to them sometime soon. Great club sugestions.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
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  2. You have a great list!!! I need to read a few of these books myself!

  3. There are a couple books here I wish I could have experienced with a group! I really enjoyed The Time Travelers Wife and The Count of Monte Cristo!

  4. Fantastic choices! I love a good classic, and the Count is an excellent one. I think I'm the last person who hasn't read either The Help of The Book Thief, but I plan on getting to both soon! Also The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorites, I'm constantly trying to push it on people, would love to revisit for a book club.

  5. I see lots of my favorites on here. The Time Traveler's Wife and The Book Thief are two of my favorite books!

  6. Oooh there are quite a few books on this list that I'm just dying to read!

  7. So many great books on the list! :) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a great pick!!!

    I got 11/22/63 on my eReader (way too heavy to carry that big book around!)

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Michele | Top 10

  8. I love The Help. I talk about this book all the time and discuss it at length with people who have read it.

  9. I haven't read The Help or The book thief either, but I do read An abundance of Katherines and I think you're gonna love it. Great book! :)

  10. Oh, you have an excellent list! I've read many on your list. All thought provoking. Which is what is needed for a Book Club! I now wish I had a club of my own!


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