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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads

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Hello fellow bookworms!  It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post!

  What is TTT? TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog for more info and to see upcoming themes.

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This week’s theme is…

August 9: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

I decided to go with books that make good book club selections.  Now to me, good book club selections are not necessarily all  5-star reads, but it is essential that they open up dialogue.  What types of books open up dialogue?  Books that tackle tough or controversial issues are my favorite types of books for book club picks.  Personally, I enjoy attending a book club meeting where there may be mixed feelings about the book because it makes for a  lively discussion and dare I say debate?

Here are a few books I think make for good book club selections…

» Any book by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the Queen of controversial topics.  Your book club could pick ANY of her books and I can guarantee it will spark a great discussion and maybe even a debate.  My Sister’s Keeper, Plain Truth, and Nineteen Minutes are a few of my favorites.


» Any book by Kate Morton

Kate Morton writes some wonderfully eerie books filled with mystery and family secrets.  Not going to lie, I could have filled this post with these types of books, however I will just put it out there that you cannot go wrong with a Kate Morton book.


» The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

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This book ended up not being at all what I expected!  This memoir does NOT read like a memoir at all, but rather a well written fiction.  I was surprised when this book dove into the environmental implications of pesticides and herbicides used by farmers in the 1970’s & 1980’s.   This book will definitely give you a new outlook on farmers during this time and the moral dilemma they faced.  It really isn’t as cut and dry as it would seem.

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Orchard by Theresa Weir


» Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Post apocalyptic books are also good picks for book club reads because they will always spark a lively discussion.  When my book club met after reading this book, we all debated what we would have done in the event that we were living in a post apocalyptical world.

You can read my review here → Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


» The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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I recently read The Light Between Oceans and think it would make for a perfect book club selection.  I think it would invoke a lively discussion about what happens when good people make bad decisions and the repercussions of those decisions.

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


» Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Much like Jodi Picoult books, Me Before You centers around a controversial topic. Moyes does such a wonderful job of blurring that line between right and wrong that you may feel one way at the beginning of the book, but have conflicting feelings by the end.

You can read my review here → Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


» Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

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It’s no secret this is one of my favorite reads of 2016!  Basically this book has it all, eccentric characters, tough topics, family secrets, and of course the twist you will never see coming!

You can read my review here → Book Review: Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal


» The Sumer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

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I haven’t even finished reading this book yet am already going to put it out there that it would make for a wonderful book club pick.  There is so much going on in this book that is so profound and thought provoaking.  This book is set in the 1980s and dives into racism, domestic violence, homophobia, child abuse, adultery, etc etc.


What types of books do you think make good book club reads?

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads”

  1. Totally agree with you on Jodie Picoult and Kate! They always have fantastic books that would be perfect for book clubs. The Summer That Melted Everything is coming up in my TBR I’m excited for that one. Awesome post!

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  2. So many good conversation starters! My Sisters Keeper and Me Before You would def get the debate going lol. I’ve been seeing The Summer That Melted Everything make its rounds & i’m intrigued 🙃🙂🙃💭

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  3. What a fabulous list of books and authors. Yay, you’ve read Station Eleven. I just finished that one and am curious to read your review. Off I go to check it out right now. Happy reading, Amanda!
    P.S. Your blog is looking fabulous.

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  4. TOTALLY agree when it comes to Queen Picoult. Her books are perfect book club fodder, because they’re so full of controversial/topical issues. I definitely need to go back and read a few from my collection! Dollbaby sounds really interesting – I love a good twist so I might well check that out. 🙂

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    1. I know! I have most of her books but have yet to read them all… She is a writing machine 😅. I hope you get the chance to check out Dollbaby! If you liked books like THe Help or The Secret Life of Bees, you’ll like Dollbaby 😁

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  5. There must be something special about Jodi Picoult’s novels for them to be such a national sensation. I see them pretty much at any bookstore I go to. They’re also at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, supermarkets, and any big store that also happens to sells books. lol Good for her.

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    1. She is fearless. She writes about hot button issues that most authors do not touch: school shootings, assisted suicide, etc, but blurs the lines so you may find yourself in a moral dilemma. There is also always a big plot twist. Picoults books are definitely books that spark conversation and debate.

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  6. Jodi Picoult is TOTALLY the book club queen! I reckon a good book club choice has got to ask difficult questions that generate discussion. My old work book club read Christos Tsiolkas’ Barracuda a few years ago, and that had us talking for hours. I recently read Suzanne Leal’s The Teacher’s Secret, which I reckon would make an excellent choice. Also, back when I was studying I was part of a book club where we were all fans of different genres and we took it in turns to pick books from our favourite genres so that we all ended up reading a bunch of books that we wouldn’t have otherwise read, or even heard about. It was great!

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    1. I’ve never heard of Barracuda or The Teacher’s Secret! Thanks for the recs 😉 That’s how my book club selects books too, everyone takes a turn to select a different book! So far it has worked out nicely. This month we are reading The Nightingale and I’m super excited to finally read it!

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