Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is all about book club recommendations if your book club is interested in a certain genre. But I have a different issue. Next year everyone in the book club is going to take turns recommending a book for the month and leading the discussion about it. I say discussion very loosely because our book club is more about kibitzing and drinking wine than talking about books.
But that presents me with a dilemma–what on earth do I choose for my month? I thought maybe I could get some help with this decision. I am overwhelmed by the number of choices.
So here are ten books that I thought might work as my choice for book club:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr— this book has so much to offer: deep, rich characters, an interesting perspective on World War II, and it’s fast-paced enough for people who don’t have a ton of time on their hands.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates–While Coates’ words to his son about being black in America are much more serious than our usual book club fair, I think this would be an important book to share with people who haven’t read it. And it’s short enough that everyone could pick it up.
- The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler–I really enjoyed reading this book (and I loved the movie), and there’s something fun about reading about another book club with your book club.
- The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell–A lot of the gals in book club love Austen and Bronte–this is a fun romp that is a lighter take on the Brontes but has some of that same gothic atmosphere.
- The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson–Weird is the name of this book’s game about a couple whose performance art gets the entire family involved in the strangest exploits. I think it would be a fun way to take people out of their fiction comfort zones. Plus it just got made into a movie and my book club loves comparing the book to the film.
- Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link–This is one of my all-time favorite collections of short stories and I love how Link deals with the surreal and the strange. I don’t know if the book club has ever chosen a book of short stories.
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn–I think this book about a family of circus performers who were bred by their parents specifically for their special appearances and abilities is absolutely fascinating. Might be too out there for book club, but it was a great read and very unique.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik–This was one of my favorite books last year and would be perfect for book club–an addicting read with plenty of interesting fantasy elements.
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin–What’s more appropriate for book club than a book about a bookstore? This was a fantastic book that I think everyone would enjoy.
This is just a sample of my confusion–there are so many books to choose from! I have no clue what to pick.
Have you read any of these? Have a recommendation for my book club? Please let me know in the comments!