Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read With a Book Club

Tonight is one of those rainy nights where your only option is to curl up with your favourite form of entertainment- in my case, Moon Over Soho, but instead I’m providing you with a list of books that I’d want to read if I had a book club to read them with.

Do people even have real life book clubs anymore? If I had one, tea would be the mandatory beverage. Tea and biscuits for all!

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn’t like Gatsby when I read it. I was 18 at the time, had just finished my final HSC exams and had a deep and abiding love for Orange Penguins. My library had this as an Orange Penguin so I practically fell over myself to read it. I mainly wanted to read it because I liked the name Gatsby.

I didn’t like it for a multitude of reasons, but I’d be willing to give it another go if I had a book club to discuss it with.

2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

So we could all discover who managed to get through the book and work out who is actually lying about getting through the book. At uni, I fell into the latter category.

3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I loved this book. It’d be awesome to get into an in-depth discussion about what the hell was going on… was Merricat a demon, deranged or something else altogether? This book was BORN for book clubbing, it’s a necessity to do this one.

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Wouldn’t it be fun to do this as a group? If you did a couple of chapters every few weeks and strung it out, going into all the history and stuff? Or am I just a masochist?

5. Ulysses by James Joyce

As above… I think it would be interesting! Maybe it would be a book club just for literary masochists.

6. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I want to read this book, but I think I need moral support, because it looks creepy as hell. I bought a copy once and decided to give it to a friend instead, who promptly asked me if I was trying to kill her, and she’s made of far tougher stuff than I am!

7. Mariana by Monica Dickens

This book sounds so lovely! I found a second hand copy for a whopping $2 the other week, so I grabbed it! It’s not as pretty as the Persephone copy, being an extremely old and decrepit Orange Penguin that used to belong to a hospital library, but the words are all there… and hey, it adds to the charm!

8. The Emperor of Paris by C.S Richardson

I started reading this book a few weeks ago but put it down. I think it would be interesting to see how others feel about it… I felt a bit lost and confused by it, but I only got 45 pages in. The lady in the bookshop said it is “very French”… I’m not sure what that’s a code for, but I’m a bit “ehhhh” about this book.

9. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

I will never stop raving about this book. Never. And the perfect platform for waxing lyrical is a book club. I’d be interested to hear other people’s thoughts and theories on what went down in this book- we can all be crackpot conspiracy theorists together!

10. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Attwood

I think this book could lead to some really interesting discussions. I haven’t read it yet, it’s been sitting on my shelves since 2012, which is pretty despicable… but I know the general outline and it sounds like a real conversation starter.

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23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read With a Book Club

  1. I just love your picks! I’ve been intending to read War and Peace for the longest time now though its size makes it rather daunting. Perhaps reading it with a book club would help me get over my hesitation! Great list 🙂

    • Thanks! It seems lots of us would read it if we had a group behind us! Maybe it should be a thing!
      I actually told my old employer back in 2010 that I was reading W&P, she was impressed and gave me the job, so I figured I should buy a copy. Yup.. it’s been sitting there unopened ever since, I’ve been too scared to start!

  2. Love your idea to tackle the big tough reads (Ulysses+ War and Peace) with a book club. Gatsby is one of my favorite novels of all time, and while I would love to talk about it with a group for hours on end, it’s very possible that it would be impossible for me to stop discussing it, and the book club would hate me! I love that it’s a book about unlikable people and how the narrator of the story has such a huge effect on how you see and understand the characters, I also love that it comments on the “dirty” side of the American Dream.
    Here’s My Top Ten Tuesday

    • It seems like a great way to keep motivated!
      Ooh yeah, I’d be like that with Jane Eyre… they’d kick me out!
      Gatsby really is full of unlikeable people, especially Daisy and Tom. The way it’s narrated is great, I agree!

  3. Lord your list makes me feel under-read and slightly tired!! Lol there’s so many classics on here, and so many “heavy” reads. I really want to read Gatsby, it seems to be a marmite book but from the extracts I’ve seen I think I’d like the writing style. We Have Always Lived In The Castle is another one on my TBR, and I want to read Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. A couple of these I would surely struggle with though, number 4 and 5? Forget tea, bring wine! Lol R x

    My TTT: https://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/top-ten-tuesday-books-to-read-with-a-book-club/

    • My list intimidates me =P I think it’s because the heavier reads all need moral support, so book club seems like a good option!
      The two Shirley Jackson books I’ve read were both amazing, she has such a way with creepy stories!
      I think I’ll be needing wine to get through 4 and 5 too, don’t worry!

    • Shirley Jackson is amazing, her books are so subtly creepy =)
      I’ve never read any Atwood, but from what I can tell they’d be great book club reads!

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