Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I'd Read if I Had a Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is 'Ten Books I'd Love To Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club'. Sadly, I don't have a book club; my local library has one that meets each month, but it's at 2:00 on a Wednesday and I work 9-5 Monday-Friday. Oh well!

I was thinking of theming this post, but instead I decided to go for the ten books I'd most love to talk about with other people. I've decided to split my list into books I'd love to reread, and books I haven't read yet. So, without further ado, here are my top ten!

Books I'd Reread

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman: One of my all time favourite books. There are so many things in this book to discuss, and I'd love to hear what other people had to say about it.

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu: Again, this is another favourite and another book in which there's a lot to talk about. This classic is just fascinating.

Feed by Mira Grant: Haha, I think we should just assume that this book is going to pop up on the majority of my TTT posts from now on. Honestly the main reason I'd want to read this for a book club is to make even more people read it because it's amazing and I love it.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Probably my favourite classic. There. I said it. Again, there's a lot to talk about in this novel. It's quite dense, yes, but if you stick with it it's so worth it.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I just think this book would be a lot of fun to read with other people, and, again, there's a lot to talk about here!

Books I'd Read for the First Time

Among Others by Jo Walton: I've heard a lot of wonderful things about this book, and something about it makes me think it'd be a great book club read.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: I need to read this book (I promise I'll get to it this year, Mallory!) and I might read it sooner if I had to read it for a book club. Plus I think there'd be a lot to discuss.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn: I think a book about books would be a great choice for a reading group, and I've heard brilliant things about this book! Plus I like book clubs that include books that were not originally written in English.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: I feel like this is a classic I have to read before I die, but I'm not all that interested by it. The premise doesn't put me off (I know that probably sounds weird, but I'm more frightened by supernatural creatures than I am by creepy people) although I'm sure reading it would certainly make me uncomfortable, and I think it'd be a really interesting book to discuss with other people.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: This book is such a beast. My copy's like a brick, I swear to God it should be one of the murder weapons in Cluedo. A book's size usually doesn't put me off, but this one is the exception. A book club might finally make me crack this baby open!

Which books made your list this week?


  1. I've been wanting to read Noughts and Crosses for ages now, I really should get around to it haha
    I read the synopsis of Lolita, wow that'd be one hell of a book to discuss! I half want to read it now out of curiosity and half completely uncomfortable and not interested.

  2. Noughts and Crosses would be such a brilliant book to discuss! I adore it. Great picks! Thanks for stopping by my blog

  3. The Moonstone and Lolita are great picks for a book club!

  4. The Handmaid's Tale and Lolita are fantastic picks! I've read and loved them both, and would love to reread both! The writing in Lolita is so beyond words, and I could gush about it for hours!
    Great picks!

  5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood sounds awesome!! I hope you are able to read it soon. :-)

    Here's a link to my TTT this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-love-to.html

  6. I still really need to read The Moonstone -- having a book group would help motivate me to finally do it! I love The Handmaid's Tale, Among Other, and Jonathan Strange, and wish I'd had people to discuss them with way back when. :) Great list!

  7. I had to read Lolita for a course in college and I was wary because of the subject matter, but it's a great book for discussion because Humbert Humbert is possibly the most unreliable narrator of all time. It's definitely one that begs for a lot of analysis.

  8. Ohh nice choices! I need to read The Handmaid's Tale too, very badly! And Noughts and Crosses. And FEED of course! I mean, I own the book because of your recommendation! That'll be like a book club, because if it makes me cry, I will come blame you ;)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight