Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Great Book Club Picks. Last summer, I did a series of blog posts about how to run a tween book group (Part 1, part 2, part 3), so I was eager to jump on this topic and recommend more book club friendly titles.

1. The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
The book everyone's buzzing about right now, and for very good reason-- this is one of those perfect YA books that would impress a book club filled with adults.

2. Little Princes, by Conor Grennan
Kind of the opposite of the above-- a book marketed to an adult audience with a great deal of teen appeal. (See my review of the Little Princes audiobook.)

3. Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
Its cross-genre appeal and dual narration with both a male and a female narrator make this a good book club choice. So often, especially with YA book clubs, it's hard to find a book that will please the guys and the girls. This one should solve that problem! (See my review of Across the Universe and its excellent sequel, A Million Suns.)

4. Scored, by Lauren McLaughlin
With its fascinating commentary on standardized testing and morality, I think this book would generate thoughtful discussion in a book club setting. It's a genuinely fun and engaging read with a lot of substance behind it-- a book club dream come true! (Stay tuned for an Authors are ROCKSTARS! interview with Lauren McLaughlin.)

5. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Teens will be drawn into this book by the intense subject matter about suicide and placing blame, and those same elements will give book club members a lot to talk about. The characters in this one are interestingly flawed, making room for some good debate.

6. The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
A quirky book with a crowd-pleasing mystery and a large ensemble cast, I think a book club would have fun delving into the various characters' motivations. Especially those of Mr. Westing himself! I would love to hear other readers' interpretations of his character.

7. Warp Speed, by Lisa Yee
With themes of feeling out of place, bullying, and friendship, this is a book that will speak to most any reader. Any of Lisa Yee's books would be a great choice for a book club.

8. Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
Almost universally enjoyed by anyone who reads it, this book has a lot of material for discussion. I was fascinated by the conversation about whether it's meant to be realistic or not at School Library Journal's Heavy Medal blog, and would love to that type of exploration play out at a book club setting. (See my review. I'm still mourning the fact that this one didn't get a Newbery nod!)

9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
This is perhaps my ultimate book club pick! The plot is intriguing, the boarding school pranks are entertaining, and there's SO much to discuss regarding feminism and Frankie's motivations.

10. Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick
There are so many themes to discuss here-- disability, loss, the historical details, as well as the way the text and images interact. Anyone who's read it has a lot to say. (See my review.)


  1. Across the Universe is a great book! I still need to read the Fault in our stars! Awesome list :)


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  2. Unique list. Thank you for all of the suggestions. There are a couple that are new to me, so I am off to check them out.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My Top Ten...

  3. Love that you put Little Princes on here. I haven't read it but my sister did and keeps telling me how great and wonderful it is... possibly I should give it a try.

  4. I am wildly in love with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks!!! What a great choice for your list :) Scored is completely new to me, and it sounds fascinating! Vaguely reminds me of The Unidentified. Great list!

  5. New follower here! Great list! P.S. You have my dream job! I am going to school right now with the goal of being a teen services librarian! Here is my TTT if you'd like to follow back: http://theonceandfuturelibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-ten-tuesday-book-club-selections.html

  6. Love this list! I was going to do this one but I was just so tired and wasn't feeling it. TFIOS was definitely on my mental list though - it was #1. :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    Jaskirat - I LOVED Across the Universe. Cannot wait for the third book in the series! I have a feeling it's going to be mind-blowing.

    Steph - Hope you enjoy!

    Jordyn - Oh, Little Princes is SO good. I don't usually read memoirs and I don't usually read books marketed for adults, but this was just a true pleasure. I really recommend the audio... the author himself reads it, and by then end, you just feel like he's an old buddy of yours.

    Katie - Seriously, isn't Frankie Landau-Banks SUCH a good book? I cannot help but rave about it. It's so smart. Scored was really thought-provoking... I'll have to check out The Unidentified!

    Kary - Thanks for the nice words! I LOVE my job, and definitely recommend teen services librarianship. I hope you find your dream job upon graduation!

    Beth - TFIOS just seems like an instant win for any book group. So much to discuss!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this.


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