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Monday, October 25, 2010

Some Book Club Suggestions: Young Adult for Adults


Another list of book club suggestions by the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association. This one is from our treasurer who has been on YA tear lately. This has been a pretty big trend for several years now. I think it was started by Harry Potter and the Narnia books (when the recent movies came out) making it okay for adults to be seen out in public reading "children's" books. Then came Stephanie Meyer, and now with The Hunger Games, I've never seen so much interest in YA, which is fantastic!

1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
4. Life of Pi (student edition) by Yann Martel
5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
7. The Boy In the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
8. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
9. Make Lemonaid by Virginia Euwer Wolff
10. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
11. An Off Year by Claire Zulkey
12. Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
13. Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Beals
14. Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
15. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

YA books can be terrific book club choices because they tend to read fast, so even the longer books won't be as much of a time commitment. So if "I don't have time to read" is a common complaint you hear at your book club, you might sprinkle a few of these in your list next year. Because a lot of these books are used in schools, you might be able to find lists of questions about the books on different websites, and many of the contemporary authors have extensive websites with material that can include discussion questions. These books would also be perfect for a mother-daughter book club with high schoolers.

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