Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Books for a Book Club

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Well friends, it's Tuesday. That means a few things. My favorite show of NCIS is on. And NCIS New Orleans too. But that also means another Top Ten. I've gotten to where I really enjoy finding something to post for the Top Ten. I love the topics are varied and make me think outside of my box. 

This week's topic is the Top Ten Books for a Book Club. I've not really been a part of book clubs in the past. So I decided to focus on those books that I feel would generate the most discussion if I were in a book club. I do sometimes read the discussion questions at the end of a book. Sometimes I find them useful, other times, not so much.

1. Do You Think I'm Beautiful by Angela Thomas - I read this one with my best friend. I'd tried reading it in college and couldn't get past page 11. But when my friend and I read it, we talked about all the various chapters and how we felt. I'd highly recommend it.


2. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver - My best friend and I are currently reading this one. We've both been hit on so many sides with people telling us to be the Mary. That we finally started reading this book. For those unfamiliar with this book, it is pulled from the story of Mary & Martha told in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. It talks about learning to seek Jesus in the midst of being busy.

3. The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott - This is a series that I wished I'd had someone to talk about with while I was reading them. Sure the online forum was useful, but it wasn't the same as the Harry Potter community I was a member of. I'd have loved to been able to discuss this series with others over coffee/tea and just pick their brains about the various theories going on.

4. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte - I remember my high school English class having a round table discussion of this book. It got pretty lively and the eraser (the tool the person used to speak) was tossed around the room pretty rapidly. But this is one book that I can see generating a lot of discussion in a book club.


5. Juliet by Anne Fortier - I loved this book when I read it. I'd love to be able to discuss it with others just to get their take on some of the scenes.

6. The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate - When I read this one, I had no idea what to expect. I'd have loved to have been able to discuss this one with friends and see what they thought of it. I loved this book. 

7. Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes - This is a book that I could generating a TON of discussion. Especially if the book club consisted of only women. Because this book deals with a very hard topic - domestic abuse. I could see how it could be used as a healing tool for women. 

Accidentally added two of Eye of the World but can't remove without both disappearing. 
8. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan - I was so glad my friend Laura was around when I read the first 10 books of this series. She was able to answer some questions and we'd discuss theories. Even after we lost touch, I was grateful for the resources she'd steered me towards as I waded through books 11, 12, 13, and 14. But this would be a fun series for science fiction/fantasy geeks to discuss together.


9. Here Burns My Candle & Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs - I love things set in Scotland. I love the book of Ruth. So a series that combines those two is right up my alley. These two books are so rich in historical detail that I'd have loved to talked to someone when I read them. Hmmm. Maybe I should reread them.

10. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling - While I didn't like the book at all, I think it would have generated some lively discussions had I been in a book club while reading it.  

15 comments:

  1. Okay, so you have me completely curious about the The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott... I've never even heard of this series, so will need to add it to my reading wishlist!

    I also added The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling to my TTT list this week, but haven't read it yet.

    Here's a link to my TTT this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-love-to.html

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    1. The Flamel series was one recommended to me by some of my HP friends. They are definitely worth reading!

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    2. I've already added the 1st book to my reading wishlist!!

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  2. This one may not be great for a book club per se, but I would have never read it without you introducing it to me: Redeeming Love! Greatest fiction book I've ever read. :-)

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    1. I forgot about Redeeming Love. You're right, it is a wonderful book.

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  3. For my classic picks, I went with Austen. One way or another, I'm determined to give her books another try. ;)

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    1. I agree with you. There's some about Jane Austen that I struggle with too.

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  4. I loved Juliet too! And I felt the exact same way, wished I a had someone to discuss with. I'd love to do a buddy re-read of it with you someday, if you're interested! :)

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    1. I'm totally interested in buddying with you on that! I own a copy, so we could buddy up whenever.

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    2. Awesome! I own a copy too! I'll message you on Goodreads!

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  5. Great list! I'll have to check those books out! Here's my top ten Tuesday list:

    http://rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-11-top-10-books-i-would.html

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  6. I can't find the time to do a top ten list every week, but wanted to say that your list is very interesting list, Dawn. The only book I've read is Wings of Glass and you're right that it would make an interesting discussion. I also loved Joanna Weaver's first book, so this one would undoubtedly be good also. And I've just got to work Liz Curtis Higgs' books into my reading time this year. I've met Liz and if her books are anything like her vibrant personality, they will be wonderful.

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    1. Liz's books are WONDERFUL. She is one author whose nonfiction works I'll read.

      I'm enjoying the Joanna Weaver one.

      And Wings of Glass, totally blew me away.

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