10 Books to Shake Things Up at Your Boring Book Club {The 2011 Edition}

Book Club Books

What type of book club would suit your personality? For me, it would definitely have to not be too serious (or literary) and the book selections would have to be very diverse – anything from young adult to thrillers, mystery, romance … even non-fiction which I’m not really big on.

Below is a list of 10 books published in 2011, that I would recommend to jazz up any book club.

Adult Suspense

Dont Breathe a WordBefore I Go to Sleep

Don’t Breathe a Word, Jennifer McMahon. The author kept me guessing about which direction the mystery was heading in until the end – and even then, I wasn’t really prepared for what happened!

On a soft summer night in Vermont, 12-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen. Now, 15 years later, Lisa’s ‘fairy book’ resurfaces and he starts receiving calls from someone claiming to be Lisa.

Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson. Watson finessed the story so I wasn’t thinking about how believable or not believable the theory was (waking up everyday not remembering the past), and I wasn’t looking for holes. Instead he made me connect with the main character and want to follow her journey … and I liked where it took me – plot twists and all.

Christine Lucas, a 47 year old woman who suffered a terrible accident 20 years ago that caused an anomaly with her memory – every morning she wakes up not knowing who she is. She never remembers that the man laying beside her in bed is her husband, Ben. Each morning he must remind her who she is, where she is, how old she is, and what happened to her … BUT what really happened to her?

Young Adult Books that Adults Can Also Appreciate

The Scorpio RacesImaginary Girls

The Scorpio Races, Maggie Shiefvater. Loved it!!! Take a race using flesh eating horses that come from the sea; a wisp of a girl who decides to enter the race to get money for her family; the brooding boy who usually wins but who longs for something more … put all those ingredients together in a pot with Stiefvater as the chef – and trust me – this turned out to be one GOOD GOURMET FEAST!
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma. Obsession is the main theme running through this well written, intriguing and suspenseful book.

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await.

Creatures of the Night

Warm BodiesZone One

Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion. Loved how the author took me into the story and made me feel for a creepy zombie.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He’s a little different from his fellow Dead. After meeting Julie, a human girl who the zombie “R” impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he’d forgotten he’d ever had.

Zone One, Colson Whitehead. This book is dark and not even really about the zombies (I mean there’s plenty of them running around, but there is a deeper meaning). It’s about surviving once the World as you know it has been taken away from you. Do you try to rebuild & live like the “old days” or do you adapt and change – even to a World that’s not to your liking?

In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.


The Night CircusA Discovery of Witches

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern. The writing in this book is so beautiful, that it just drew me into the world of this circus that only opens at night. The story moves along at a leisurely pace, but I felt connected to the characters and invested in the outcome.

“Opens at Nightfall; Closes at Dawn.” The Le Cirque des RĂªves is a circus unlike any other. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. At the center of The Night Circus spectacle are two specially gifted young magicians, Celia and Marco, pitted against each other in professional competition, drawn towards one another in love.

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah E. Harkness. Another beautifully written book, with a thoroughly captivating story.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Creepy (but with deeper meanings)

77 Shadow StreetA Monster Calls

77 Shadow Street, Dean Koontz. Creepy, creepy, creepy!
The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths.

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness. This book should be given to every young person dealing with loss of a friend or family member and should be in every school library. It’s well written and very moving.
13 year old Conor has been having the same nightmare ever since his mother first got sick, so when the monster shows up one night, just after midnight, Conor is not surprised. However, it isn’t the monster he has been expecting. This is a different kind of monster.

Do you belong to a book club? Would you ever consider joining one?

– (Inspired by The Broke & Bookish Top 10 Tuesday)


  1. Scorpio Races and Night Circus both sound awesome. I’d never heard of the last two but they both sound really interesting!

  2. got Scorpio Races for Christmas and can’t wait to read it, but have to get through my review books first.

    Night Circus is incredible, one of my favourites. :D

  3. Hi, Tanya! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my TGIF post!

    I have three of these books on my own TBR list — “The Scorpio Races”, “A Discovery of Witches”, and “The Night Circus”. I’m a HUGE fan of young adult books, and especially love paranormal romance!

    This is a great feature you’ve got on your blog! How about putting in a Mr. Linky so other bloggers can link up? Just an idea…

    Happy Friday!1 : )

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really need to read Before I Go to Sleep, I am seeing it everywhere today so it must be good. The Circus is also on my TBR list. :)

  5. I really want to read the first two on your list. And I also want to read Night Circus. Most of these books I haven’t read… But I think your list is great!

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

  6. The Scorpio Races, Imaginary Girls, The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches are all on my tbr list. I can’t wait to get to them

  7. I love how you formatted your list, and the choices you came up with. We have a couple books in common, and I would enjoy reading Warm Bodies and The Scorpio Races in particular with a book club.

  8. My book club’s pick this month actually IS The Scorpio Races, haha. You have a bunch of books on your list that I really want to read, but the only one I’ve gotten around to thus far is A Discovery of Witches– wasn’t a fan, but there’s definitely plenty to talk about there!

  9. Well it’s so funny because I have like 2 people wanting to start a book club and I was thinking the first book we should read would be A Monster Calls. These are all great suggestions Tanya!

  10. Great choices! I love The Night Circus and The Scorpio Races, and I definitely need to check the others out.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I’ve never been in a book club and always wonder about their dynamics.
    I’d love to read A Discovery of Witches (another one for the wish list).

  12. Oh, great list! :D I have Warm Bodies and A Discovery of Witches and they seem amazing :) Excited to read them ;D And oh, Imaginary Girls seems like an awesome book. Carina’s Books

  13. I really would love to see the Warm Bodies film and read the novel. They both sound like they’re going to be great. I also can’t wait to read The Night Circus!

    Happy reading!

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