Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
November 1: Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________
I’m going to twist this week’s list just a bit. I’ve never been part of a real book club but our library participates in the All Iowa Read selected by the Iowa Center for the Book. It is never a book that I enjoy or even want to read but I read it in order to participate at work and answer questions about the title for our patrons. It sucks. I have to pimp this book I don’t enjoy and encourage others to read something that many of them simply don’t enjoy. The organization has a set of guidelines it used to pick their selection and I know they want to pick something intellectual for Iowans to read. But what is wrong with simply reading a good story. A page turner at least. Something fun… Instead we get what they think will be good for us and it bores me to tears. So for this list I am going to give some titles I think might make intriguing selections for the All Iowa Reads. Books that I think would spark dialog among our patrons and might actually get more people interested in checking out the book instead of turning their noses up at it (which is becoming more and more frequent).
Ten books that I would suggest for the All Iowa Read
- This is a science fiction and would never have a shot at being selected. I think it could be good pick because it is by a Midwest author and does bring up questions of personhood and the role technology plays in our lives. It also deals with ideas of equality and stereotypes all the while delivering an action packed detective story mystery.
- This book might have a better shot at being selected by the committee. It is set in Iowa, deals with small town life, literature, and doesn’t have any “weird” elements to it. I have yet to read this one but have heard good things and was able to meet the author at BEA last this year.
- Another Midwest author who sets her stories in Chicago for the most part. Private Investigator series that does deal with social issues. This one deals with issues surrounding government surveillance and Islam/Muslims in America. At the heart though a good story that deals with timely topics.
- This one wouldn’t stand a chance but it would get people thinking. It is a fun Science Fiction story that would probably offend some of the more religious patrons, or the uptight ones at least. It is a short read and I thought brought up interesting questions about the nature of God and the universe. Also really funny.
- We reach our first author that is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, there are two on the list for sure. This is a dystopian story that might inspire conversation about where our society is headed if we don’t fix our skewed political system and start making our government start working for the masses and not just those with the deepest pockets.
- This is a foreign author that I would suggest for the All Iowa Reads. Not that it is particularly relevant to life in Iowa, but it would interest those history buffs that live among us.
- This is a non-fiction story the would be a pick to open patron’s eyes to a different culture, one that is often shaded in mystery and misinformation. Not that this book portrays a pleasant picture of Saudi Arabia, but it was a fascinating peek inside that society.
- The second Iowa Writer’s Workshop Alumni is this author. I know it would never be picked and quite a few people just didn’t care for the second and third book in this trilogy. I would still suggest it though because it is by an author with Iowa connections and Iowa plays a pretty prominent role in this science fiction horror story.
- Another non-fiction to suggest here that might spark some interesting conversation. Making friends as adults is so difficult in our society and this author talks about her social experiment of looking for a new best friend.
- This last one I through on because it would create dialog about our changing environment and survival. Also wanted one YA level book for the list because I feel it is often an overlook section of the library by adult patrons.
Well there you have my list for this week. A perfect example of why no one asks me to pick books for book club selections…. Was there one that caught your eye? Let me know in the comments.