Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you're all doing good! I always give a twist to these Top Ten Tuesday's, so instead of having sticking to a particular genre I have gone with- 'Top Ten Books I'd Love to Read If I Had A Book Club'. The link above will take you to the original post to this meme, take part its great fun!
I myself have been thinking about creating my own book club, what do you think? I think it would be really enjoyable and a great way of getting to know you guys. I've had this blog for about a year now, and if you're interesting in creating a book club with me then let me know! :D
Anyway here are my top ten books I would like to read if I had a book club, they're a complete mixture as I randomly picked them out from my to-be-read list...
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens- Dickens first novel that I very much want to read, seeing as I treated myself to his entire works. This novel tells the tale of the irrepressible Mr. Pickwick and his fellow Pickwick Club members who travel around the English countryside getting into all kinds of scrapes and adventure!
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris- This book has been haunting me for a while now, I keep seeing it book shops everywhere and I've heard so many mixed reviews so at some point I need to get hold of it! From what I gather, this novel is about a man called Paul O'Rourke who is a man of contradictions. He loves the world but doesn't know how to live in it, always attached to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. One day he discovers someone online has been impersonating him online using Twitter and Facebook- but is the online "Paul" a better version of the real thing?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Repeatedly I see other book bloggers raving about how amazing this series is, and I have yet to give it a go. I have judged this book by its cover as to whether I would like it or not, which is wrong of me! It is definitely a different kind of book...Throne of Glass is about an assassin named Celaena Sardothien. One minute she finds herself in the Endovier Salford mines, to then be taken to the kingdom of Adarklan where the Crown Prince offers her freedom if she will fight in a competition against twenty-three other thieves and warriors to become the Kings champion.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey- Until reading the synopsis of this book a couple of days ago I had no idea what it was about, one word- Aliens. Cassie is running from as them as they gradually take over the Earth. Cassie believes she's the only one who has survived until she meets Evan, unsure of him at first she realises he could be the only one to help her find her brother and even saving herself. It looks like another different but good read!
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason- I discovered this book on a fellow bloggers to-be-read list a while ago now and I keep meaning to get hold of it. For one the front cover looks amazing and the plot even more so...Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes, the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock never meant to get into the family business of vampire hunting and mystery solving but you can't help it being in your blood. When two society girls go missing, there's no two qualified to investigate. Vampires with a twist of Sherlock relations? I definitely think I will enjoy this book!
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken- At the time I had heard about this series I think I must have just finished the Hunger Games trilogy and wanted a break from the dystopian genre. On her tenth birthday Ruby is sent to a "rehabilitation camp" by her parents. Though she survives a mysterious disease that has killed most of America's children, she and others have emerged with something far worse- frightening abilities they cannot control. Now she's sixteen, she's one of the dangerous ones and now she's on the run and joins a group of other kids who too have escaped their camps...Not sure if this is more of a children's novel than young adult, but I've heard great things about it!
Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell- Thanks to one of my favourite BookTuber's, Barry Pierce. I've been wanting to read Orwell for a long while now and this book is on my high priority. The novel is about Gordon Comstock a nearly thirty year old poet, has given up a good job and gone to work in a bookshop earning half the salary he used to. Deciding he can live off the bare minimum and beat the social system he believes he can survive and enjoy life without having money ruling his life. For me this sounds like an interesting and witty read, and I am itching to get stuck into it sometime this year. I think it would be brilliant to read in a book club as there would be an awful lot of opinions floating around, starting up a debate!
Fatedby Benedict Jacka- I found this author in The Works book shop and it took my interest being set in London, a city I enjoy visiting quite frequently. This book delves into a hidden world where Alex Verus is running a magic shop. While his powers aren't as showy as some mage's, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future. He's soon approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a mage war, but whatever is inside he can predict that his odds of survival are a slim one. Another different book that I'm eager to try!
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This one a more sensitive read, still sounds to be an interesting and heartfelt read. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a box on his porch where inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate crush who committed suicide two weeks previous. One each of the tapes gives a reason as to why she decided to end her life and Clay is one of them and if he listens he'll find out why.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- I'm forever wanting to read all these classics, this one I was meant to read in school but didn't. This novel follows Offred a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She can leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to the food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaid's are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember her life before where she lived and made love with her husband, Luke. When she played with and protected her daughter, when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. All of this is gone...This looks like such an interesting read for me and full of important issues surrounding gender equality- another great topic for a book club to discuss!
So these are my Top Ten, what are your Top Ten Books that you would want to read if you had a book club or would like to read with your book club? I'd love to know so tell me in the comments! :-)