Top Ten Tuesdays is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
For book club picks, books really have to be a bit deeper than the sort of thing you could easily breeze through, and they have to appeal to a wider audience. It's that, or they have to be something completely different. So I've tried to pick books I've enjoyed, and that I think might work.
1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
I know this one’s primarily a fantasy novel, but it’s one of those that I think a lot of people could read, even if they’re not necessarily fantasy fans. It’s well written, there’s a lot of story there to get your teeth into, and it’s the first in the series, so no worries there about people not having read the first one.
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
I admit, I only recently read this one myself, but it totally screams book club read to me. It’s deep, it’s accessible to a lot of people, and there’s quite simply a lot to be discussed.
3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
There’s a reason this book is a classic – it’s such a clever book. I know that by spouting about microcosm’s and human nature I’m going to end up sounding like my Secondary School English Teacher, but I actually ended up really loving this book.
4. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger.
Again, this book is a classic, and something a lot of people end up reading in secondary school English. I actually read it on recommendation from a teacher, because they felt it might be something I’d relate to, and it’s another book I love.
5. The Mists of Avalon by Marrion Zimmer Bradley.
This one’s really interesting, it’s Arthurian legend, but written from the points of view of the women in Arthur’s life rather than the man himself. Having read a lot into Arthurian legend, I found this interesting, but I think it’d also make a good starting point for those who don’t already know the story.
6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling.
Okay, I doubt there are that many people who haven’t read this, but I know there are a lot of adults who have written this off as a children’s book. But as we all know, it’s one of those series’ that's appropriate for everyone, and as a book club pick, it might actually convert the non-believers, and for those who already love, it’d be a nice revisit.
7. Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki.
A lot of people have read Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Well, this is the story it was based on. A lot of the book was based on Golden’s interviews with Iwasaki, who didn’t like the way Geisha ended up being portrayed, and so wrote her own book. Given it’s an autobiography, I found it fascinating, as it opens the eyes of the Western audience (and even a Japanese audience!) to the hidden world of the Geisha.
8. The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
This one’s another movie adaptation I think a lot of people would enjoy, even if they don’t think they’d enjoy it. It’s a long book, but it’s enjoyable, fast-paced, and tells a memorable story. I think it’s got a little something in there for everyone.
9. The 13 ½ lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
I got given this as a present. I thought it was a children’s book, and was consequently less than impressed. But it’s an adult’s book, and it’s hilarious, complete with illustrations. Enjoyable, and something completely different.
10. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk.
This book’s pretty much a comment on human nature, and how we can sabotage ourselves, and yet, it’s somehow also about understanding. Definitely one for the book clubs.
So that’s my top ten, what have the rest of you chosen?