I love being a part of a book club; there are few things more enjoyable than delving into the meat of a book with literary-minded friends. Here’s my list of ten books I’d love to discuss:
Books I’ve Read/Am Currently Reading:
1. The Divine Comedy by Dante – I’m currently half-way through The Inferno and find the vivid imagery so striking (and gruesome!). I’d love to explore the book in more depth.
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – when I finished reading GWTW last year, I was so full of riotous emotions I just had to talk to someone about it! My husband ended up patiently listening my thoughts, but a book club would have been the perfect forum for all that venting.
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – while movies (Cast Away) and reality TV shows (Survivor) focus mostly on physical survival, Robinson Crusoe uses his desertion as a means to plumb the depths of his spiritual life. Utterly compelling.
4. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers – I finished reading this book last week and while the mystery really bored me, I was fascinated by slowly developing relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane – so much intellectual headache involved! I’d love to hear what others think . . .
Books I Haven’t Yet Read:
5. Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory or The Once and Future King by T.H. White – we’ve started reading our son some Arthurian stories (he loves The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges) and I’d love to have a deeper knowledge of the legends myself.
6. The Mill on the Floss or Silas Marner by George Eliot – I finished Adam Bede earlier this month and was blown away by George Eliot’s beautiful and believable characters. I’d love to read more of her novels!
7. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – Sarah Mackenzie describes this as a broken story in which “good is good, bad is bad, and bad wins.” Sounds like the perfect book to read carefully and discuss thoroughly!
8. Any book by Marilynne Robinson (Housekeeping, Gilead, Lila) – I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Marilynne Robinson’s writing that I feel sure her books would be excellent for book club.
9. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset – a really, really long character-driven story set in medieval Norway. Absolutely up my alley!
10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – this was listed as a favourite book of 2014 by so many bloggers. My curiosity is piqued. 🙂
I’m linking up with The Broke & the Bookish today for Top Ten Tuesday (in which every every week a new Top Ten list is posted).