Hello and welcome back to another Listify Tuesday. Today’s topic is book club books. Basically, I’m going to go through my bookshelf and get the first 5 books that have discussion questions at the back of the book. I hope to get different ones in different genres but who knows.
1. Me Before You
I really enjoyed Me Before You. It was a cute story about the struggle of a girl trying to find a job and a man who is quadriplegic. I liked that this story didn’t solve problems off quickly and like they were nothing. This was actually a story of strife and struggle. The characters were also very lovable with everything that they went through.
“Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?” – Goodreads
2. The Book Thief
This book was so amazing. With it’s very odd narrator and unique story line. Our main character is such an amazing and strong personality who’s so young that she’s learning so many things. There are lots of great lessons that are taught in this book too that anyone could learn from.
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.” – Goodreads
3. Gone Without a Trace
I really enjoyed this mystery because it had a gigantic plot twist. I don’t want to give anything away because I feel like going into this mainly blind is good. This is like a Gone Girl but instead the boyfriend goes missing and we don’t see how he gets away. This book gives you tiny clues and it’d be cool as group to throw in your predictions after every few chapters.
“A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, “If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? “
Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.
As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…” – Goodreads
4. The Good Daughter
This book was the first young adult/adult mystery thriller that I read and it was amazing for that. It was intense and again you could have everyone put in their predictions after every few chapters. This book is also not like… too scary or creepy that it may scare someone off from reading it. I can see where there can be lots be discussed and have lots of different thoughts and opinions.
“From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…
READERS GUIDE INSIDE” – Goodreads
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Although this book wasn’t phenomenal, being that this was about gay characters, there’s something to talk about. Especially with the two different characters and authors, there is something to think about how some situations may have gone differently. It’s actually quite a unique story, at least for me. I liked the two point of views and how they eventually came together
“Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.
It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.” – Goodreads
That’s all for today, folks! Are you in any book clubs? What was the last book that you read there? – Kambria