Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Picks

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by bloggers at The Broke and the BookishThis week I picked the top ten books I'd love to read with a book club.

1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton


This is magical realism done absolutely spot-on, and the lyrical prose holds so much meaning.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Because that twist would keep everyone talking for hours, and the relationship dynamic is twisted yet fascinating.

3. Dare Me by Megan Abbott


I think Megan Abbot's work is underrated, and her books with all their complex characters and her enthralling prose would be great to discuss at a book club.

4. Every Day by David Levithan


David Levithan has such unique storylines, and this one really leaves room for thought.

5. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth


This is a stunning fairytale mixed in with historical fiction, and I loved it - there are so many layers to the story to discuss.

6. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


It's become a favourite classic of mine, and I'd love to discuss Cassandra's character development with others.

7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

As with all of Plath's writing, there is so much depth and honesty within it, and theories to be made as to what the message is that she's trying to convey.

8. The Passion Flower Massacre by Nicola Morgan


Another underrated read which is fascinating and chilling at the same time - a story which you know will end badly and you want to know how. 

9. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker 


There was something about this book which grabbed me from the very beginning, and gives you cause to wonder how you would feel if the world irrevocably changed forever.

10. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume


This is a fantastic coming-of-age novel which shows how friendships can evolve over time, leaving room for discussion.

Are you part of a book club? What books would you pick to read at one?


  1. Wow, what a unique and varied list Eugenia. You've got a little something of everything. The Bell Jar is one that I haven't read, but would love to read as well. Do you have a copy? If you would like to read it, we can form the smallest book group in history and read it together :D

    I love that cover on I Capture The Castle, I need to grab a copy of that, even if only to stare at how gorgeous it is. Thanks for sharing poppet and let me know if you want to do a readalong <3

    1. I've read it once before, but I definitely think if I re-read it I could get even more out of it than the first time - it seems like the kind of book that you'd find those little details you missed the first time round (so yes, I'd be happy to be part of your book club!)

      I borrowed that edition from the library when I first read it, but since posting this I think it's time to buy a copy since the cover is so pretty! Thanks for stopping by Kelly :)

  2. I'd love to read Gone Girl with a book club, I feel like that's the perfect thriller to read with others. Lovely picks!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thanks Rachel! Gone Girl would be fascinating to buddy-read especially with the twist that you just can't see coming - it really is a fantastic thriller.

  3. Gone Girl, Dare Me and The Bell Jar! I'd totally love to read all of these in a book club or with other people. Sadly, I've been spoiled for Gone Girl but I'd still love to read it!

    1. Book spoilers are the worst! But - it's good to hear that you're still willing to read it (Gone Girl is definitely worth checking out either way because it is so good).

  4. I totally agree about Gone Girl, I had a friend who read it recently and we couldn't stop chatting about it!

    1. It's great you could have that bookish discussion, especially about something with such complex characters.


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