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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads

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Hello all and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is book club reads. So books I would recommend for a book club to read. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted the The Broke and the Bookish.

So without furthur ado, here is this weeks top ten Tuesday, book club reads, enjoy!

1) Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel 1

“When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself anymore?”

RATING: 4.5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Family life, living with illness and disabilities, friends and friendship, understanding self and others and hospitalizations.

I feel this would be a good book club read as it would spark a lot of questions about the society we live in and how people treat people with illnesses and disabilities.

2) Unboxed by Non Pratt

“Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – non-prattwith five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.”

RATING: 4/5 (Review)

THEMES: Death, friends and friendship, understanding self and others, sexuality and relationships.

I feel that this book would be a good book club read because it tackles a wide range of themes. Also this book has been written to encourage people to read.

3) Room by Emma Donoghue2

“Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key.

Jack and Ma are prisoners.”

RATING: 5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Family, freedom and confinement, exploration, the home, society and class, wisdom and knowledge, language and communication, fear and time.

I feel that is book would be a good book club read as there are many themes in this book. It also offers the opportunity for many different questions.

4) On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

“Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door, 4
Leave the weight of the world in the world from before

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty seven- year-old self and the door won’t open. Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…”

RATING: 4.5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Death, magical realism, loss, cheating, childlessness, forgiveness, society and class, romance and friends and friendship.

I feel as though this book would be a good book club read as it covers a wide range of topics. There are many different themes in this book. I feel one of the biggests questions it proposes is “What would your own personal heaven be?”

5) A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater

“Finlay’s mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost 5unbearable. Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online. But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?”

RATING: 4/5 (Review)

THEMES: Loss, family issues, school life, society and class, illnesses, friends and friendship and teenage life.

I feel as though this book would be a good book club read because it has unusual themes and is a coming of age story. It would raise a lot of questions. If this was a middle school book club it could help them with their struggles.

6) When we Collided by Emery Lord

“Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only 27235365one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.”

RATING: 3.5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Romance, family life, loss, grief, mental illness, friends and friendship and fear

I feel that this book would be a good book club read due to it tackling many different and challenging themes. These topics could then be discussed. Also it would be good for teenagers to discuss the issues in this book.

7) We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

“Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. we are
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.”

RATING: 4/5 (Review)

THEMES: Friends and friendship, family life, new family, grief, loss, social class, society and illness.

I feel that this book would be a good book club book because of the issues it tackles. I feel as though a middle school book club would really benefit from reading and discussing this book.

8) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


“Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him 41hB6RMAWdL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.”

RATING: 4.5/5 (Review, Audio book)

THEMES: Family life, romance, society, social class, fear, friends and friendship, romance and problems at home.

I feel as though this book would be a good book club bok and it would spark a lot of conversations about the books content. It would just be a lovely book to read with a book club.

9) Holding by Graham Norton

“The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. holdingSergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.

So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former­ love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.”

RATING: 4.5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Loss, romance, family life, mystery, death, society and crime

I feel as though this book would be a good book club book because of the questions that the book raises. You could discuss how you felt throughout the book and what you thought the solution to the mystery was.

10) Hello Me, it’s You by Hannah Todd and Anonymous

“Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 to their 16-year-old selves. 41h7yfq0gxlThe letters are about each person’s experience with mental health, giving their 16-year-old selves honest and beautiful advice, encouragement and an insight for all that lies ahead of them. The result hopefully from this book being a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experience.”

RATING: 4.5/5 (Review)

THEMES: Mental health, teenage life, health issues, letters, experiences and advice

I feel as though this would be a good book club book because you could then discuss your 16 year-old-selves to the book club. Also you could spread advice and ask questions about the themes in the book.

There you have it, my top 10 Tuesday, book club reads. Let me know in the comments below which books you would recommend for a book club.

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Until next time,

Happy reading

 

 

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