Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’d Suggest If Starting A Young Teen Book Club.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that other bloggers are welcome to join in, to create Top Ten lists on varying topics. This week it’s Top Ten Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes (Genre) but we don’t want to re-mention all the same books AGAIN so we’ve chosen to go with Top Ten Books We’d Suggest If Starting A Young Teen Book Club.


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1 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Harry Potter #1)

by J.K.Rowling

What Teen book club shouldn’t first cover the basics?! (I Have no idea how book clubs work, by the way so just go with this) Harry Potter got so many children into reading it was practically a phenomenon and I remember getting the first 3 for my birthday, which is a big deal because I can barely remember doing anything! I also remember not reading them right away and then deciding to give them a go. ( Which I was very happy about!). So, my first choice is Harry Potter just in case there are some that are yet to read them.

2 A Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong #1)

by Robin Stevens

These are newly written with an older setting. I’ve only read the first two, but I found them a little bland, perhaps because I left teenhood behind some time ago. They were funny and nicely mysterious and I really struggled to work out whodunnit in both books, so it’s not like they’re childish books either. I think these would be a good brush with the mystery genre.

3 Howls Moving Castle (Howls Moving Castle #1)

by Diana Wynne Jones

This is my favourite Ghibli film and the book is different. Quite different from what I remember, but still something I enjoyed, I felt this was aimed at a younger audience than the film, so it’s perfect! There are sequels I’m yet to read, but even with having seen the film many times, I still need to re-read the book.

4 The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockheart #1)

by Philip Pullman

I loved this series as a teen, which is a contrast to His Dark Materials which I never quite understood. My favourites were books 3 and 4, which is annoying because thy only made the first two into films and they were doing so well with them!! Despite their time setting Sally is a pretty no nonsense woman and she is lucky enough to surround herself with similar minded people. She gets herself into and out of all sorts of trouble and it’s pretty exciting stuff.

5 Holes (Holes #1)

by Louis Sachar

Again, I saw the film first with this and it holds a special place in my childhood because at the time, I was pretty interested in holes, being a yearly attendee to the local archaeology field school! This seems to be regarded as one of the best book to film adaptions out there and while I’m gearing up for a re-read because I’ve only read it once, I think I’m inclined to agree. I love this because all the situations are interwoven so wonderfully it’s just spectacular. This is the kind of story that get’s people interested. There’s a sequel and I’m pretty intrigued as to what’s going to go on with that!


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6 The Chronicles of Narnia (Yes the whole Series)

by C S Lewis

 The Chronicles of Narnia are a classic and I remember reading them with my granddad as a child. I feel these books helped broaden my imagination and give me really good morals so I would recommend this to all children of any age. It’s a great way to get into the Fantasy Adventure Genre.

7 I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith

This book was given to me by my grandmother when I was 14. I remember loving every minute of it. It was the first time I had read a story that covered ‘Coming of Age’, teenage romances and first loves. It was beautiful. It’s really a historical fiction now, as it’s set in the 1930′s, but I can see it being a great way to get children interested in the wider genre of Contemporary romance.

8 Jackaby (Jackaby #1)

by William Ritter

I can see Jackaby being a great way to get children interested in historical mysteries and even mystery thrillers. I know that’s a big leap but I loved the way this book blended classic mystery ideas with fantasy. It could be a great bridge between the two genres and may even get kids reading anything from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train.

9 The Hunger Games Trilogy

by Suzanne Collins

This is probably best for a slightly older teen but I don’t think anyone can deny that this series is exciting and really drew a lot of youngesters into the reading community. It may not be the very best of Dystopian Science Fiction but it’s a great place to start.

10 Frozen Charlotte

by Alex Bell

This Paranormal Horror scared me so I would definitely love to get a group of teens reading and talking about this book. It has great atmosphere, great characters and a great concept and you never know it may bring out the next generation of Stephen King fans!

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4 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’d Suggest If Starting A Young Teen Book Club.

    1. Ms4Tune

      yes go buy it now! It would be perfect reading now. When it’s all dark and cold and scary outside. Just avoid windows… It freeked me out everytime I saw something move out the corner of my eye!

    1. Ms4Tune

      Jackaby is one of those series that really grows on you! It just had to make my list :D
      Thanks for stopping by!

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