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This week’s topic is: Ten Books I’d Like to Read with a Book Club
Bry: I’m not personally huge on the ideas of a book club. As fast as I read, I just feel like as soon as I committed to a bunch of people to read something, I wouldn’t be able to for whatever reason. But the books listed below are books that I would just love to have discussions about with other people!
1. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey: This book made it onto my list of favourites of all time, so naturally I have some strong feelings about it. But the best part of this book was how it poured through my thoughts for hours, days and weeks after I had finished, leaving me pondering the ending, and the implication it would have on the world. I’m so lucky that I had Fry to go through this with me, I would have burst left to my own devices with no one to talk to about it!
2. California by Edan Lepucki: I just have to know that there are other people who hated this book as much as I did. There were just so many rant worthy segments and I ended up suffering through this one alone. It was so terrible that I feel the discussion would be lively.
3. Tents of the Righteous by Eric Blair: Tents of the Righteous was one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. The cavalier approach to mass violence, the casual acceptance of publicized slaughter and the communal acceptance of socially targeted euthanasia was absolutely flabbergasting. Throw in the fact that this book was written by a Member of the British Parliament, and there is definitely many things to discuss in this title.
4. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: I really love deep discourse, especially on topics such as history, religion, and the differing perspectives that life circumstances create. I think this would be a really interesting book to discuss regarding the power of women in culture and religion, the potential for expanding on existing biblical stories, and so much more. I would not want to discuss this with those who are fundamentally religious or feminist though, but with people capable of debating and exploring any aspect with an open mind!
5. Battle Royale (Manga): Though the concept has since been popularized by the Hunger Games Books and movies, Battle Royale is one of those things that stick with you when you read it. Its concept is absolutely horrifying, and reflects just how quickly social structure can break down in the face of danger and death. It would be an interesting discussion to explore the implications of this concept and its immense brutality, and then to compare it to the Hunger Games, which while still quite raw, does not compare in shock value to Battle Royale.
6. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet: I put this on the list purely for the value of the world building associated in this book. Being able to discuss and imagine what the pre-dominated world would have looked like, or the great wars against the Gods, would be fantastic. Anyone want to give it a go?
1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch- Honestly, I love introducing people to this book, so having a bunch of people read it at once seems like a great time. I made my parents read it, and they read it over the course of a single week. Where’s my HBO adaptation? I needs it.
2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab– I really resonated with Victor and I really loved all the characters and the plot and everything about this book was so perfect. I’d really love to discuss it with other people.
3. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson- That plot twist. That ending. I need to have people animated about it.
4. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey– The entire book is a trip. It’s an experience, and I wish more people would get over their horror and zombie humps and read it already.
5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Wynn Jones- Honestly, there is a scene in the book that Miyazaki completely cut out and added emo goo birds to that I absolutely adore. It’s probably my most favorite scene in any book and this was, for a long time, my favorite book. It’s interesting and well written and I’m sad that the author’s other books don’t live up to it.