I haven’t participated in a book club discussion in a long while, but I do like the fact that these groups encourage you, at least in theory, to read outside your comfort zone.
I thought I would I list the books I’ve read (and wouldn’t have otherwise) thanks to being in a book club, but, sadly, the only one I can think of is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.
What I will list instead are books that I’d choose to discuss if I were Supreme Ruler of a Book Club. Members of book discussion groups usually take turns choosing the books they read, but this book club would be a dictatorship, with me, its benevolent tyrant, picking every single book.
I’ve chosen these books (including four series) because I think they would be fun to talk about – for various reasons, including their plots, characters and settings, use of language, ideas and illustrations.
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
- The Glassblower’s Children by Maria Gripe, with illustrations by Harald Gripe
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- Possession by AS Byatt
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie
- The Gardens of Dorr by Paul Biegel, with illustrations by Eva-Johanna Rubin
- The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- Soza Boy by Ken Saro-Wiwa