Musing Mondays — Book Club Picks

Today’s Musing Mondays question is… “If your book group asked you to bring two (2) suggestions for group reads to your next meeting, what two books would you suggest? Why?”

What an excellent question! There have been rather a few things that I have read lately where I’ve been like, “Darn it! I should have waited and suggested this for my book club!” so this gives me a chance to recommend them to my delightful book club friends anyway. But just two? Let me think…

Okay, well, first is definitely Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters, not just because it’s a fantabulous book. But mostly because of that. But also because I think there’s a lot to discuss — there’s the fact that it’s Victorian-inspired, which invites comparisons galore, and there are the plot twists, which are well set up and well executed and can start a discussion or five on morals and ethics and getting what you’ve got coming and all sorts of other things.

The second… hmm. I’ll go with The Black Minutes, by Martín Solares, because it’s a book that really needs to be discussed. There’s so much going on in that book that you can’t possibly catch it all in one reading. It’s also good for a book club because it’s one of them foreign novels that people (including myself) don’t tend to read, so you get to broaden the horizons of several readers all in one go!

But neither of these will be my next book club pick… unless I can’t come up with something I haven’t read by the time it’s my turn to choose. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Musing Mondays — Book Club Picks

  1. Vicki says:

    I've never heard of either, but clicked your links and at 500 pages I know I won't be reading Fingersmith!

    I like books around 300 pages.

  2. Alison says:

    Fingersmith is a beast, but it's so worth it. It is broken up into three distinct parts, so you could look at it as a series of very short books! 🙂

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