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I wish I was in a book club. I tried to start one once. Only my two best friends showed up for the first (and only) meeting. It was quite sad. The reason I think book clubs are great is because it’s basically like book blogging in real life (well technically book blogging is like book clubbing…): it’s just a bunch of people talking about a book and bookish things. It’s a place to, primarily discuss books – the characters, plot, themes, writing and so much more. Here are some books which I think will provide a lot of matter to discuss during a book club meeting.
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
I read this in the fifth grade but it talks about slave America and I feel like there’s a lot to discuss about this story. I want to reread this soon
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
THERE IS SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!! NO AMOUNT OF BOOK CLUB MEETS WILL EVER SUFFICE! There are so many dark themes and ideas this series deals with which aren’t talked about enough. I want to start discussing more HP on this blog actually. It’s so much more than a typical middle grade book. It would also make a great nostalgic read for book clubs everywhere!
- Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran
This isn’t a great book but I think the concept is excellent. There’s so much to discuss- why did Alice feel the need to pose as someone younger, is age such an important factor and a lot more. I’m actually really interested to know what other people thought of this.
- 1984 by George Orwell
We were having a really in depth discussion about this in English class the other day which made me think that this would be great for a book club. They could talk about how Orwell was so right/wrong in this book, help us understand his point of view and compare his version of a dystopian 1984 to present day 2016.
- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (Review)
Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author and her YA debut is fantastic. I think it would be really interesting to discuss Audrey’s mental condition and how unstable she was to her overcoming her fears. The family dynamic in this story is awesome and could also lead to some fascinating talks.
- I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (Review)
The writing of this story is really beautiful and all of the characters in it are great so I’m sure a lot of interesting discussions can spawn off that.
- One Day by David Nicholls (Review)
A lot can be discussed here – about the evolution of Dex and Em through the years, the way Nicholls represented the twenty years, the usage of other media of talking like letters and of course, the actual concept which is very unique.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Great writing and great story aside, this book has some very special magic. The whole contest idea was very unique and the entire ambiance of this story is a great discussion point.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I love discussing classics in general and comparing society then and now but this book in particular could spark some great feminist discussions about the women and how different they are.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review)
Because who doesn’t like a fairytale? A lot of fun discussions could arise from this unique take on the classic fairy tale. It would be interesting to compare and also discuss Levana who I think is one of the most compelling villains.
Those are my picks for a book club that likes to discuss a lot! Do you agree with my picks? Would you join this book club? 😛 What are some books you think could create some good discussions?