Top Ten Books I Would Love To Read If I Had An Adult Book Club

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books I Would Love To Read If I Had An Adult Book Club.

I’m not typically one for New Year’s resolutions. If I want to make a positive change in my life, I won’t wait until the first of January to do so. That said, one thing I knew I wanted to make a concerted effort to work on in 2015 was incorporating more adult fiction into my reading schedule. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy young adult and middle grade fiction as much as I did before. Rather, variety is the spice of life and I find I’m a much happier person when I introduce a little diversity into my reading habits. Thankfully, today’s Top Ten Tuesday provided the perfect opportunity for me to identify which adults novels I want to make the highest priority this year. While I’m not currently a member of any book club, I like to think of this as the beginning of a little exclusive society of one in which I challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and read a handful of books I otherwise wouldn’t. Each seem like they would provide the perfect opportunity for further reflection and discussion. Best of all, I already own each and every book on this list, all of which are currently waiting patiently on one of my (numerous) to-be-read bookshelves! Some, like Shine Shine Shine, are books by authors whose work I have adored in the past. Others, like such Station Eleven and This Is Where I Leave You, have been highly recommended by some of my most trusted friends. All are books I’m positively dying to read.

Here’s where you come in! There are so many wonderful, thought-provoking titles on this list, I don’t know where to begin! Have you read any of these books? If so, which ones? Which book do you think I should read first? Please let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

3) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

4) Friendship by Emily Gould

5) The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

6) Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

7) A Working Theory Of Love by Scott Hutchins

8) This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

9) The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

10) Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

14 responses to “Top Ten Books I Would Love To Read If I Had An Adult Book Club”

  1. Your first four, and number nine, are all on my to-read list for adult fiction. In fact, I own Station Eleven, Friendship, and Everything I Never Told You. I need to make more time for adult fiction, but since my job is buying YA, I tend to focus on it.
    molly @ wrapped up in books recently posted…Top Ten Book Club Picks for 2015My Profile

  2. I haven’t read any of these books (shamefully!) I do want to read a lot of them though. I’m also trying to incorporate more adult fiction into my reading this year. I read a lot of YA last year. Great list!
    Chrissi Reads recently posted…Top Ten Books I’d Encourage My (imaginary) Book Club To Read!My Profile

  3. Great list! Station Eleven and All the Light We Cannot See are both on my TBR. 🙂
    Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’d Read if I Had a Book ClubMy Profile

  4. Meg says:

    Every single one of these titles would work so well for my book club. Awesome suggestions. I’m adding Station Eleven and Elizabeth is Missing specifically to my growing list of titles I want to share with all of them.
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  5. All the Light We Cannot See, Everything I Never Told You and Station Eleven are all fantastic and some of my favorite books from last year. Station Eleven is a tough one to put down once you pick it up!
    Shannon @ River City Reading recently posted…Your Transition to Adult ReadingMy Profile

  6. I’ve been meaning to read All The Light We Cannot See for the longest time now and I have no idea why I haven’t done so yet! I haven’t really heard of the other books in this list but they all sound great.

    Great list! 🙂
    Kayla (The Bookish Owl) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday (13)My Profile

  7. These all look so interesting, and I have half of them waiting at home to be read, especially Station Eleven. Elizabeth is missing would really work in a bookclub setting as well! 🙂
    Danielle @ Bending Over Bookwards recently posted…Book Review: NunslingerMy Profile

  8. Danica Page says:

    Great picks! I haven’t read so many of these, but I really want to.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I accidentally did next week’s post on accident, but still check it out please. mine’s here
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  9. I haven’t read any of the books you’ve listed… I’ll have to check them out. I have already added so many books to my reading wishlist today.

    Here’s a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-love-to.html
    Lisa @ Captivated Reader recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday — Ten Books I’d Love to Read If I Had A Book ClubMy Profile

  10. Oh God I’ve only heard of one of these books, and I don’t even know what it’s about. I feel like I’ve become a bit out of the loop with adult books since I’ve started blogging because most blogs are more specifically for YA. I’m definitely going to have to check a few of these out.

    Also, how is it you always find such pretty book covers? It’s a skill I’m very jealous of.
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  11. Samantha says:

    Yes! I need to read The Paying Guests still but I would love to read it with a group.

  12. Leah says:

    ohhhh Jen. Time to crack my knuckles.

    All the Light We Cannot See is GORGEOUS. Absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking and bittersweet and SO not what you’d expect from a WWII novel, I have been pushing it like crazy and have managed to get quite a few family members, friends, and other bloggers to read it. YOU’RE NEXT.

    Everything I Never Told You, Station Eleven (I’ve heard such fantastic things about it!), and Elizabeth is Missing are all on my To Read list – hopefully sooner rather than later!

    I actually bought both Sine Shine Shine AND A Working Theory of Love because of you (AWToL’s spine is brilliantly stripe-y and I love seeing it on my shelves!).

    A good friend of mine loved This is Where I Leave You and I bought a copy last year…yet never got around to it (does this sound familiar?) I actually wanted to read it before the movie came out. hahahaha whoops.

    I also own The Paying Guests (that same friend just read this one and really enjoyed it so I bumped it up a few spots and am looking forward to it!) and The Invention of Wings (it seriously sound like such a ME book – historical fiction that uses real people?? ♥!)
    Leah recently posted…#ReRead2015: Pioneer Girl + giveaway winner!My Profile

  13. Alexa S. says:

    There are quite a few titles on here that I’m interested in! I’m particularly looking forward to reading Station Eleven, which I’ve been waiting on at the library for aaaages. I hope I get it soon.
    Alexa S. recently posted…The Sunday Mix (1)My Profile

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