Two weeks out from NaNoWriMo, I’m trying to get back to more normal blogging, which means I need a good Friday post! Surfing around to my usual places for bookish topics, I landed on the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday archive. One of their past topics was best books for a book club. I’ve been in a book club for years, and it got me thinking…what have been our best reads?
1) The Magicians by Lev Grossman – I hated this book. So did half the group. The other half disagreed, generating probably our best book discussions ever. For those of us in my half, Quentin is still a benchmark five years later for irritating characters.
2) Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang – Another one I hated. It was so good to have a group of people to discuss it with!
3) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – This one just wins because, I mean…Good Omens! You can’t go wrong with Pratchett and Gaiman.
4) Night Circus by Erin Morganstern – So I confess, this one is on the list for one reason. I mean, I liked the book–but the particular book club appeal is that devotees of the circus start wearing black and white, with long red scarfs. So that’s what I wore to the discussion. And that’s just a fun potential with this book.
5) Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines – Heroic magical librarian. This was one of the books I read and started telling everyone to read, including my book club.
6) The Giver by Lois Lowry – I love this incredibly deceptively simple book. So much scope for a book club discussion.
7) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – No, really! There’s a collection of very tongue-in-cheek discussion questions at the back and we had a semi-serious discussion around them. I may have started some impassioned quoting of Winston Churchill (“We will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them in the streets, we shall never give up and we shall never surrender”) for the question about why the characters didn’t just abandon England to the zombie hordes.
8) A Game of Thrones (or whatever the first in the series is called) by George R. R. Martin – I didn’t actually read this one. But we got so many new people out to the meeting where we discussed it. So if your book club has a recruitment goal…
9) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Mostly I get book club picks from the library, but somehow I bought this one. It was universally liked, and my copy made the rounds to a large number of my non-book club friends. Always a good sign.
10) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – This is a fun, irreverent holiday essay collection–but the real reason it’s on here at the end is to give a slightly sappy, holiday-themed end to the post, because this book holds the honor of having been under discussion at the meeting where two of my dear friends met…who have now been married for several years. I’ve heard her say that his defense of the moral choices in this book was what first caught her eye.
Any members of a book club out there? What have been your best reads?