January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday | Books to Read with Your Book Club

This is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing girls over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is top books to read with your book club.

I am not actually in a formal book club. I do participate in Groups on Goodreads, but that is all of the book club experience that I have. So, I am going to put my own twist on today's topic. I am going to list the books that I think lead to the best discussions. Because, this is really what book clubs do, right?


The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (or anything else by him)

The Fault in Our Stars
Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies (Uglies, #1)
I believe that all of these books are worth the time and effort to read. They create wonderful, complex, and sometimes funny conversations.
I realize that most of them are science fiction/dystopian. Personally, I love talking about the future. There are infinite directions for discussion can go when you are talking about the future. The darker books also are the ones that bring up the question of morals. The Giver, The Maze Runner, The HUnger Games, and Unwind all focus on the hard questions. 
I hope you found some books to bring to your next book club meeting!


  1. I highly recommend The Book Thief and it would definitely make for good discussion! Great list :)

    1. The Book Thief was definitely a great book! I would love to read it with a book club (if I was in one). I also liked the movie, it brought tears to my eyes.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I loved The Giver, but the ending left me distraught! I don't think I am ready to watch the movie yet...great list though!

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    1. I have a love/hate relationship with The Giver. I was forced to read it in middle school (which was not a great experience) but I recently re-read it and I learned to love it. It is one of those books that I had to read at least twice (without an English teacher breathing down my back) to fully appreciate.
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  3. The Giver and The Hunger Games made my list too! I think the different governments and each character's journeys to find something and survive would make interesting discussion points. TFIOS would be intriguing too, especially because there are so many differing opinions regarding the protagonists and the ending. Nice list:D

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

    1. I also think that the characters who go through the most development create the most (and sometimes best) discussions. TFIOS would be great to talk about. It has something for almost everyone.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Awesome list! The Help is on my list as well:D I loved the movie. All these books could have some pretty awesome discussions!

    1. Thanks! I feel like I could start my own book club after finishing this post. I still need to read the book, but from what I saw of the movie, I think it is going to be great.

  5. OOH! Great choices! I love talking about UNWIND! Great choices. :)

    1. Unwind creates the best discussions. I remember trying to explain the book to a group of my friends. It took more than fifteen minutes, but it was worth it to see the surprised looks on their faces. Then, we launched into a half an hour discussion on human rights. It was basically awesome!

  6. Wow, this is a GREAT list! I agree with so, so many of these! I had my mom read Unwind just so we could discuss it, and same with The Hunger Games! The Giver would make for an amazing discussion. I really think you did a fantastic job here because I agree with absolutely all of these!!

  7. I definitely agree with The Fault In Our Stars and The 5th Wave. I haven't read The Book Thief yet, but I've seen the movie and I think it'd make a great discussion as well (assuming the movie stayed true to the book).

    Great picks!

    ~Cari @ My Addiction:Books