Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books We Would Recommend to A Bookclub

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Sheri's Choices: I chose books I thought would make for lively conversations about feminism in young adult fiction.  If you don't like my list you might check out 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader.

1. Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers: discussion might focus on the disturbing first chapter, the use of female assassins serving a male God, and the evolution of the MCs relationship

2. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: discussion might focus on gendered social roles women in leadership positions and women caring for others

3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: discussion might focus on the underlying fear and violence that is a part of the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf

4. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik: discussion might focus on the enduring themes found in "chic literature" even in young adult books

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: discussion might focus on the importance of beauty and lack of intelligence among high status individuals and Tally's conflict in rebelling

Pam's Picks:
6.  Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfrend.  I thought this would be a good book to read along with The Scarlet Pimpernel, the book that inspired it.  Would be nice to compare/contrast it with the classic.
7.  Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay.  A wonderful fantasy inspired by the fairytale Beauty and the Beast, I though this would be a great book to discuss.
8.  A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan.  This book is so disturbing and would be fascinating to discuss with other people.  I can't say anymore because it would spoil the ending, but when you find out why Rose was asleep...just a lot to talk about.
9.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.  So many people have read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer that I thought it would be interesting to read a completely different vampire book and talk about the differences.  
10.  Unteachable by Leah Raeder.  Although this is a New Adult novel, it would be interesting to discuss this forbidden romance and the morality of a teacher/student relationship, not to mention the age difference, sort of a modern day Lolita.


  1. You guys always pick such amazing books. Grave Mercy, Scarlet, Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I really want to read Across a Star Swept Sea. I read FDSTS a long time ago (don't really remember too much to be honest). Do I need to reread it before Across a Star Swept Sea?

    1. Thanks! I didn't reread FDSTS before I read Across a Star Swept Sea and I was fine since it's a companion novel. The characters use different terminology for everything anyway. So I would say no, you don't need to reread it. ~Pam

  2. Hmm..I really like these recommendations. And funny enough, I have most of these on my TBR pile but I didn't think it could provide discussions for feminism. Thanks for that!

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  3. Those are awesome, I actually still have to read those. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I haven't read all of these, but I did love Coldest Girl and Grave Mercy and love them both. I do have some of these, I just need to read them! Great list and discussion topics :)

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  5. YES love the list choice! I keep hearing such awesome things about Unteachable, I may have to check it out.

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  6. I love your topic choice! I still need to read the majority of these. In fact the only one I actually have read is Epic Fail, which I thought was ho-hum at best--P&P retellings are rarely stand outs for me. For Darkness has been in my TBR pile for forever. I'm hoping to get to it over the holidays. Great list!

  7. Awesome picks, I just joined a book club, our first book is going to be The Hunger Games. I will have to keep some of your suggestions in mind, like Grave Mercy! I keep hearing great things. I love Scarlet so I would suggest that to EVERYONE :)

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  8. Uglies is definitely a good choice for this! I would also add Beauty Queens by Libba Bray- it's like the ultimate feminist YA novel! :)

  9. I love that you picked this topic. And so disappointed I haven't read most of these! I really need to catch up, especially with the Cinder/Scarlet/Cress books and Grave Mercy. :)