The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Book Club Picks.
1. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - my book club is reading this now and I can't wait for our discussion this weekend (nature vs. nurture debate will definitely occur)!
2. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman - great discussion possibilities: Western medicine vs. holistic, culture clashes, importance of traditions, etc.
3. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers - another Btown Booksters pick...we had a really great discussion about Katrina, racism, profiling, Islam, and more!
4. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan - a dystopian retelling of The Scarlet Letter (also one of my fave books of 2011). There are great debate possibilities such as: gender roles, religion, government, sexual mores, etc.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - wonderful writing with all sorts of little tidbits people can mull over together!
6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - another Btown Booksters pick, our club had such a fun and bookish time at this meeting.
7. Room by Emma Donoghue - engrossing, thought-provoking, and disturbing...a recipe for a great book club pick!
8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova - plenty of emotional scenes and themes that warrant discussion.
9. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger - Oh! The writing in this book! The big questions in life will be up for debate: life, love, family, and faith.
10. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - a really unique novel with extremely realistic characters. I can already picture a fantastic discussion of people's true selves and the part of themselves they hide from the world.