Monday, January 25, 2016

Take ten: Freebie!

This week over at The Broke and Bookish, it's a freebie. So, I am going with top ten books that I think would make excellent selections for a book club to read and discuss together.

1. The Hiding Place

One of the most life changing books I have read on the Holocaust. Corrie's family didn't have to become involved, but they did. Perhaps one of the reasons this book hits me so hard is because Corrie and her sister are so close, reminding me of my own close relationship with my sister. If you haven't read this book, please do! I really need to take the time to re-read it. You can also listen to Corrie share her experiences through old recordings.

2. The Bronte Plot

A lighter story than my first pick, but still dealing with complicated issues like family relationships and the way they shape us. On a side note, I was totally ready to take a literary tour of England after reading this book.;)

3. The Giftsnatcher

This book would have to be for the very diverse book club, since it has some different elements to it, namely having a lot of the supernatural. I think it would be a fun book to read in a club though!

4. Mere Christianity

Despite the title of this book, I think it would be a great title to read in a group of people coming from a wide variety of religions.

5. The Help

There is a reason this book was so popular when it came out, since it highlights a very unjust time in American history, but does so in an interesting way.;)

6. The Chronicles of Narnia

Being an allegory, this one would be fun to discuss and see what each reader takes from the stories.

7. Chateau of Secrets

I love the depth of Melanie's writing and think her stories would be awesome in a book club!

8. Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

While I may of enjoyed Chateau of Secrets more over all, I think this one would be an even better choice for a book club to discuss, since it deals with how disabilities were viewed in the mid 1900's.

9. Paper Hearts

On one level, this is a fun, light hearted chick lit book, but then it surprises the reader with some depth and tragedy.

10. A Broken Kind of Beautiful

I just adored this story! It would be a fun one to read with a group.


  1. The Bronte Plot and A Broken Kind of Beautiful are stunning novels. :)

    1. They are some of my favorites from the last couple of years!

  2. Amanda! I just stumbled across your blog in the Broke and Bookish link up! So nice to see you. :) I wrote about the ten classics I really want to read this year in my post, and was just thinking about the days of penpals and desktop published magazines.

    But anyway... I loved "The Help" and it was such a fun read. The movie was pretty good too. And I think C.S. Lewis always makes good picks for book clubs. I read Screwtape Letters with one and I really enjoyed it. I think the rest of the group thought it was a little to wordy and dry, but with the right group, I think any of his would be gold.

    1. How fun for you to stumble upon my link!
      Those were good days, though not to be replace these current good day.;) I do miss all the fun mail I used to get though! Bills just aren't as exciting.:)
      I will have to look at your list! There are so many classics I would love to re-read, but I don't know that I can get 10 if them into this year.;) Best of luck with your list!
      I did think to add Screwtape Letters, I should of for an extra.;) I bet it would stimulate some interesting discussions!

  3. I think anything from C.S. Lewis would be great for generating discussion :)

  4. I expect The Help would be excellent for book club discussion. :)

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    1. Hence why it has been used by quite a few clubs already.;)