Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read with a Bookclub

imageThis weeks Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Broke and Bookish, is the top ten books you want to read with your bookclub.

I’m in two bookclubs. One is hosted by my local bookshop. It has no particuarl theme, we’ll read anything though contemporary fiction would probably best sum it up. We selected one book a month. The other is on bookworm social media site Goodreads, called Goodreads Ireland and has a specifically Irish flavour. We selected a monthly read which can be a book by an author of any nationality, and two quarterly reads which must be by an Irish author or concern specifically Irish issues. For those who’ve ever debated joining a bookclub but can’t find one in their area which suits them, either in terms of theme or their availability, I would highly recommend having a look at Goodreads. There are bookgroups on every genre and are easier to fit in around your daily life if you feel you just can’t give the commitment to an in person bookgroup but would like to be able to discuss books and discover new books you never would have considered. As you would expect with two bookgroups I spend a lot of time thinking about what books to nominate for my groups, as in both cases we nominate and select books by poll.

All the books below have interesting themes and raise interesting topics. They are the kind of books you can get your teeth into and have a good discussion about.

1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

3. The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin

4. Persuasion by Jane Austen

5. Tell the Wolf I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

6. The Undertaking by Audrey McGee

7. The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

9. The International by Glenn Patterson

10. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

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