Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club (If I Had One)

Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve always wanted to have a book club, but so far, blogging here (and at The Broke and the Bookish and Insatiable Booksluts) is the closest I’ve come to having one. Here are the top ten books I’d like to read with a book club!

  1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski. I actually tried to read this with a bunch of friends the summer after we graduated high school. We did all read it (or at least some of it) but then life got in the way and we never ended up getting together to discuss it.
  1. The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling. I sort of did get to discuss this with a book club but I was the only one who actually managed to finish it. I admit it was difficult to get into, but I would like to read it again and have a chance to discuss it more with people who made it all the way through.
  1. The Magicians – Lev Grossman. This book was just so fun that I’d love to share it with a group of like-minded people. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.
  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. I’ve mentioned this several times before, but I just loved this book so much that I think it’ll probably always been one of those books that I recommend to everyone all the time. Read it, it was beautiful.
  1. 11/22/63 – Stephen King. Not only was this book just plain old awesome, it also raises a lot of interesting issues about time travel and its implications. Would the future really be better if JFK hadn’t been shot?
  1. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis. Even though these are technically children’s books, I think it’d be fun to discuss them with adults—especially adults who have a lot more scriptural knowledge than I do and can explain the allegories a bit more deeply. (I realize I could probably google this, but it’s more fun to talk to people about it!)
  1. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley. I wasn’t crazy about this book, so I’d like to sit down with some people who like it and see what people find so great about it. I liked 1984 quite a bit more, but I know a lot of other people prefer Brave New World.
  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury. I’m a big fan of Ray Bradbury, particularly Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s a great little old-fashioned horror story, and I think it would be a lot of fun to discuss with a book club.
  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain. This would probably be interesting to discuss in a book club—I personally am definitely an introvert, but I imagine that a significant portion of people who would join book clubs are at least a little extroverted. When I read this, it was like someone was describing almost every feeling I’ve ever had. I’d be interested to hear what an extrovert thinks of the book—it wasn’t particularly kind to them.
  1. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson. The quintessential haunted house story, The Haunting of Hill House is easily one of my favorite novellas. It was an incredibly fun read, but definitely one I would recommend reading during the daytime!

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club (If I Had One)

  1. Great list! I thought about putting a Stephen King novel on my list too (The Shining/Doctor Sleep), but then thought the length might be off-putting to my imaginary book club. lol Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!

    • Yeah, 11/22/63 is pretty long; I didn’t think of that. Oh well. If I had a book club, part of the screening would be “Do you like long books?” and anyone who answered no wouldn’t be allowed in anyway. =P Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. I second House of Leaves and Quiet, because they’re on my TBR list and I hear great things about them. Even though I also preferred 1984, I loved Brave New World and agree that it would be a good novel to discuss.

    • Thinking back on Brave New World now, I think I’d probably like it more if I read it again. I think I just liked the pace of 1984‘s plot better.

      Also, if you’re an introvert, Quiet will make you feel so much better about yourself but it’ll also frustrate you to no end with *just how much* of the world is catered to extroverts.

      And House of Leaves is just a total mindfuck, so have fun with that one!

  3. Some really good books on here – I’ve read four and still want to read a couple on your list. House of Leaves is such a huge book but it’s on my 50 classics books so I’ll get there eventually.
    Lynn 😀

    • You should definitely give it a try! But you’ll have to devote a lot of energy to it so be sure you’ll be able to 🙂

  4. Ocean at the End of the Lane is AMAZING. I might actually make that one of the picks for a library book club I run, now that it’s in my head.

    And children’s books are always a good choice. 🙂

    • Yesssss do it. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who’s disliked it. And I think it’d make a good pick for a book club because it’s pretty short.

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