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Ten Books I'd Read With My Book Club

Today's topic doesn't apply to me since I am not in any book clubs nor have I ever been. But it sounds like fun. If I were in one, below are some of the books that would be fun to read with fellow friends and book addicts. The official topic is:
Broke and Bookish:
Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club
(or you could pick a specific kind of book club -- like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.)
The Anticipated:
In the Christian fiction world (and hopefully crossover to secular YA), we're pretty thrilled with the influx of young adult titles. Some of the authors bringing the best voices to this genre are co-authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon and Thomas Nelson novelist Mary Weber. Their upcoming novels are two YA readers seem to be anticipating.

The Classics:
Since I've not really gotten "into" Austen novels, it could be fun to try reading one in a book club. Because, you know, who doesn't love talking Austen-esque stuff.
The Debuts:
Laura's debut sounds awesome and Katie's darling... plus who doesn't enjoy discovering new books?
The Hashtags:
Pop culture went CRAZY with the YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It seems like it'd be a nice quick kind of read - plus more gushing with friends? That doesn't hurt at all.
Veronica Mars (Mr. Kiss and Tell) is one of my very favorite TV shows, and knowing her story "lives on" through books is awesome.
The Re-Reads:
Both of those would be re-reads, however they're the kind of books I still think about and remember fondly when I'm organizing my bookshelves. Both are very different, but excellent.
The Re-Tellings:
Rook is supposed to be a kind-of re-imagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel and after all, who among us wouldn't love more Sir Percy?
Cruel Beauty is Beauty and the Beast reimaged, and sounds as gorgeous as it looks.
The Rom-Coms:
I've read both of these novels, but they're two of my most favorite contemporaries.
The YA Scene:
No secret has been made of my "obsession" with Kiera Cass' dystopian series, so it'd come as no surprise that this upcoming May release would make the list. Plus, I know of two girls who'd make reading it as a group fun. Ally's books are on multiple YA lists, and her latest novel seems as good a place as any to start.
Your turn. What books would you want to read with a bunch of book friends? Are you or have you ever been in a book club?
Share any thoughts below.
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  1. Great list, Rissi! Love the way you broke down your list this week. After having read Austen several times over, it'd be fun (now?) to try reading it with a group :)

    Have you read Mr. Kiss and Tell yet? If not, hope you enjoy it! :)

    My TTT

    1. Thanks, Lianne! I'm glad you visiting. :)

      As for Austen, I thought maybe reading them with "reading friends/buddies" would help inspire me. But either way, I'm determined to get through them! As for Mr. Kiss and Tell, no I haven't read it. I *really* want to though. Soon-ish. ;)

      Off to read your list next. :)

  2. I actually lead a book club at my church that I really enjoy! There's only 4 of us now, but it's really interesting to see how a book touched us differently. Right now were reading A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker and I'm excited to heart their thoughts as the book has been really good!

    1. That sounds fun, Laura! I like the idea of a smaller group and your statement of experiencing how everyone is touched differently. That's what I love about this community. We don't all see things the same and that's awesome that a story can affect or tough us different. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. I'm reading Cruel Beauty right now, and it IS lovely! I stayed up well past midnight last night(this morning) reading as much of it as I could of it. (For a mommy with 3 little ones, staying up past midnight is the best compliment a book could get!!!) ;)

    1. Oh dear! I cannot imagine staying up late (which I do frequently) and then have kids to care for the next day. I'm groggy enough the next day. I hope you had a smooth day - and am glad the book was worth it, Tammy! I'm *dying* to read that one. :)

  4. I've never been a part of a book club either, but I'm glad blogging provides a place where I can share my love of fiction.
    I tried reading "The Selection" awhile ago, but it just did not fully grab me at the time. I would like to give it a second try because there must be some reason it seems to be so popular!
    As for "Cruel Beauty," I ordered it off of Amazon with a gift card I got for Christmas back in December. But since I ordered it along with Marissa Meyer's "Fairest" in order to get a cheaper shipping price, it's arrival isn't expected until next week (yay!). Not sure what book to go with first in the package, because it also contains the last "River of Time" book. Of course, I should go with my unread review books, but... ;-)

    1. Exactly! It'd be fun to have a book club, but I also feel like this community is a kind of book club. Plus, most of my Twitter reading buddies would be willing to do a read along if we all had the same book and were anticipating reading it. :)

      Nothing wrong with not loving a book series. I know there are people who didn't care for The Selection. I love it because it's "easy" reading and the dystopian world isn't as "brutal" as The Hunger Games.

      Oh, my! You do have a lot of awesome books coming, Grace! Hope you enjoy them all and have an easy time deciding. Sometimes that is the hardest part. :) Happy reading - and thanks for commenting.

  5. I think participating in a book club would be a lot of fun! I remember I tried to start a book club in 4th grade with two of my friends but that didn't go too far haha ;) Anyway, great list! I second your thoughts on DMK and Rules of Murder. I haven't read any of the others you mentioned, but I especially want to read Austen's novels.

    1. It would be indeed, Jillian! I have never been a part of one, but it's kind of like a book club in this book community. Plus, many readers are up for a kind of "read along" if we've all recently gotten.

      Yay for DMK and Rules of Murder. I adore those two books so much! I'd reread them if I had the time. :) As for Austen, yes! Let's make this the year we attempt to read them - or one anyway. ;)

  6. I cannot wait to read The Heir. I did not love Atlantia, but I think it had promise.
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Good to know, Missie! I'm curious about Atlantia because of the premise. Hoping it'll be entertaining if nothing else.

      *high five* Eager to get my hands on The Heir, plus it's shiny and pretty. :D

  7. I like your list as always. You've got some on there I've not read.

    1. Thanks, Dawn! Glad you stopped by. :)

  8. What a great list, Rissi! Those would all pretty much be on my list as well. :) Rook is high on my tbr this year. I love the original tale and Diana Petfreund did such an amazing retelling as well that I highly recommend if you haven't read it.

    1. Ooh, yes! I forgot about Diana's re-telling! That's one I *need* to read as well. Hopefully this year I can get them both read because - eek - who doesn't love Sir. Percy!? :)

      Thanks for reading, Tressa and commenting.

  9. I love how you paired your list! I didn't even touch on the classics that would be fun to read with a group!
    I love the idea of re-reading Dear Mr. Knightley!

    1. Me too, Amanda! DMK has a beautiful story to tell and re-reading it is going to be a must. :)

      Thanks for the kind words; I have more fun with this topic than I thought. :)

  10. I'm intrigued by the Veronica Mars books. I think it would be fun to read the books, then watch the shows.

    It's my dream to join a book club that delves into Austen's works. I think it would be interesting to compare notes. I also think it would be fun to read through the Anne of Green Gables books with a group.

    1. I adore the Veronica Mars show. It's a bit "raw" in comparison to some teen shows, but oh-so-clever, plus I do like Kristin Bell.

      Chatting about various reads with a group would be awesome, especially since we all get something different from a book. It'd be fun to discover what we each interpret from a story. That's what keeps things interesting. Oh, yes! "Anne" would be a lovely pick! I'd enjoy reading those since I'm a huge movie fan. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Heather.

  11. I am not in a book club but my friends and I always end up talking about books, so that works. Although I would love to have an online book club. I think it would be awesome to be connected with people you have never meet over the love of books, regardless of where you live.

    1. It does indeed, Kaylee - plus this book community is always open to chatting books, which is neat. Good thought. An online club would be fun. I think there are probably some online clubs, though who is in the know about them, I don't know! :D

      Thanks for visiting, Kaylee. Glad you did. :)


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