Jan 31, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Book Club Picks

Here's another Top 10 Tuesday entry from the Huns' own Bookworm, as inspired by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic is The Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks.  In no particular order, made up of a mix of genres, they are...

10. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba
A coming-of-age novel about a girl in Zimbabwe.

9. The Childrens' Day by Michiel Heyns
A coming-of-age novel about a boy in South Africa.

8. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Interwoven first-person narratives of  crossed lives of families on a reservation in North Dakota.

7. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
A witty comedy of manners penned in 1952.

6. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
What do rats have to do with the history of New York City?  Everything!

5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Historical fiction.  A murder mystery set in the mid-19th century and based on real events.   I can't tell you the twist, but there's a fascinating psychological element to the tale.

4. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
A fictional autobiography of a woman named Daisy Goodwill Flett.  I think the Funny Hun introduced me to this book if I remember right?

3. The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa and Peter Occhiogrosso
I like reading real autobiographies, too, and this one taught me a lot about the recording industry, censorship, and absurd lyrics.

2. Possession by A. S. Byatt
I love studying Victorian literature.  I love this book because it is about studying Victorian literature.  And it's a love story.  Swoon.

1. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
1969 wasn't year of the Summer of Love.  It was 1967.  Follow Tom Wolfe and the Merry Pranksters to find out why.


  1. I am going to have to check some of these out! I do have three books that I am yet to read.

  2. The Bookworm Hun1/31/2012

    Cool... What three do you have in line?  I've got a list a mile long of books I want to read...  mainly Half-Life by Shelley Jackson and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

  3. I have already purchased March by Geraldine Brooks, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, and Townie by Andrew Dubus III. I am trudging through the Corrections right now. It is pretty dark so I read in doses. I need to finish it so I can move on!

  4. I'm almost done with the Hunger Games series, and was wondering what to read next. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. FABR Steph1/31/2012

    I have not read a single one of these.  I will have to check them out and see what I would like to add to my TBR.  I will have to try at least one.  Thank you for your suggestions for group reads.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

    My Top Ten...

  6. The Bookworm Hun1/31/2012

    You're welcome! I haven't read the Hunger Games series... just read up on it, and it looks promising. Anything post-apocalyptic, I'm in. Based on its synopsis, I'd recommend Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason to you, too.

  7. The Bookworm Hun1/31/2012

    I'd like to add a number 11: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi! From the Wikipedia entry...

    "The book is a memoir of the experience of the author who returned to Iran during the revolution (1978-1981) and lived and taught in the Islamic Republic of Iran until her departure in 1997. It narrates her teaching at the University of Tehran
    after 1979, her refusal to submit to the rule to wear the veil and her
    subsequent expulsion from the university, life during the Iran-Iraq war, her return to teaching at the University of Allameh Tabatabei
    (1981), her resignation (1987), the formation of her book club
    (1995–97), and her decision to emigrate. Events are interlaced with the
    stories of book club members consisting of seven of her female students,
    who met weekly at Nafisi's house to discuss works of Western literature including the controversial 'Lolita' and the texts are interpreted through the books they read."

  8. Amanda B1/31/2012

    I haven't read any of these so I'm going to have to talk your word for it!

    Here's my Top Ten

  9. I haven't read any of these, but Alias Grace sounds particularly intriguing.  Great list and thanks for visiting!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  10. I love the amount of books you've selected that focus on various cultures!  I think pretty much anything by Margaret Atwood would make a good book club choice, but I'm a bit of a fan girl.  Also that rats book?  Sign me up!  That's the random kind of non-fiction I totally go in for.


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