I'm not gonna lie, I haven't ever been in a real official book club before, but I've just found a likely bunch and we're having our first meeting in a couple of weeks making this a timely topic! Here are my picks in no particular order:
1) The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater: This is the book we're currently reading for my book club, and I have to say I was quite happy with its selection! I haven't started it yet, but since it made just about every YA Top 10 list I saw for 2011, and just won a Printz Honor, I reckon it's gotta be good.
2) When She Woke - Hillary Jordan: It's a lovely and powerful futuristic book that offers discussion points on our penal system, abortion, religion, love, all in a retelling of the familiar Scarlet Letter.
3) The Giver - Lois Lowry: Some of us were assigned to read this in elementary school. Most of us probably read it for fun anyway. This book introduced me to dystopians, and I think would be fantastic to revisit as an adult.
4) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars - Max Brooks: I read this last year and it pretty much blew my mind. I still boggle at all of the intricacies and situations accounted for in this book. Brooks thought of so many aspects of what might happen in a zombie apocalypse, and as a book that's currently in production for the big screen, I think it'd make a good choice.
5) 84, Charring Cross Road - Helene Hanff: What better choice for book lovers than a book about book lovers and the powerful bonds of friendship that can be forged from a relationship with books?
6) Written on the Body - Jeanette Winterson: A good choice for groups who won't shy away from topics of sex, Written on the Body really made me think about stereotypes and question my own patterned way of thinking through a love affair with a character whose gender is never revealed.
7) Frankenstein - Mary Shelley: You can't go wrong with a classic! Frankenstein poses some powerful questions about humanity and nature, and is certainly required reading for a reason. Plus, having been written by a woman, and one so young, I personally always found this book inspirational.
8) The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde: Another classic, and one of my personal favorites. Wilde creates a very dark tale with a wry witticism that I adore. It's a nice quick read, and can foster some interesting thoughts on youth, immortality, and morality.
9) Illusions - Richard Bach: I know most people go in for Johnathan Livingston Seagull, but I personally felt that Illusions was the more powerful and thought provoking book. It brings up some very interesting thoughts about religion and one's life philosophy.
10) A Long, Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan: I wanted to add another YA title, and I just loved this book so much I'd love to share it with others! It was a wonderful reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, and had some wonderful insight to relationships and personal strength.
That's my 10 cents for the week, what are your book club picks?