This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Book Club Picks
I choose books based on discuss-ability because although I am not in anything as cool as a book club, I imagine nothing kills a meeting faster than having NOTHING to say about the book club choice.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Why?: I feel like after reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, it’s best to have a support group and what better support group than your book club?
Why?: First, there’s a movie based on The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven called Smoke Signals which could be cool to watch and compare. Second: SO MUCH TO DISCUSS. There’s short stories that are interconnected and themes of race, class and gender. That’s a debate waiting to happen.
Why?: Ship Breaker is intelligent YA that delves into themes of environmentalism and social class. It is fantastic.
Why?: Look, sometimes it’s nice to have a group to fangirl over beautiful writing with, or hate on overly complicated prose. I notice with Chime — people either love it or they hate it. Boom. Discussion right there.
Why?: It seems not very many people have read The House Of Tomorrow which makes me sad, because this book is excellent and all about what it means to be a teenager – to struggle with angst, society, and yet be so PASSIONATE about something – in this case punk rock. So if your group is comprised of aging punk rockers, rebels without a cause – they will LOVE The House Of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni.
Why?: Are you lucky enough to be in a book club comprised of feminists? Sick of reading about subordinate females playing into patriarchal societies? Can you even just decode what I said? Do you speak women’s studies jargon? YES? DID YOU ANSWER YES? Okay, peep this book it’s all about this kick ass girl named Katsa, it is sex positive and asks important questions about females in society.
Why?: Oh, sigh. Let’s see: First upstate NY setting HOLLA! Second Grace Brown murder — yeah buddy you can tie this into An American Tragedy by Theodore Dresier. Third beautiful writing. Fourth themes of duty, loyalty, class, race, gender. SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT AND LOVE.
Why?: The Graveyard Book is a Newbery award winner with good reason. Gaiman’s writing isn’t trite or saccharine. ALSO – I could go on and on about Bod and who/what Silas is.
Why?: Sometimes you need a group and a club to dish about certain characters – is Howl charming or annoying? How much did you really love Sophie and her steadfast-ness? CALCIFER BOOM ROCKS THE FIREPLACE.
Why?: First, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is another book that requires a support group. Second, there are pictures. Third, it’s all about grief, letting go, and death. Clearly, that could generate discussion.