Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Read on a theme book club


Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's theme is Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around (I love re-reading, but there are some books that hit so perfectly and I loved so much that I worry reading them again wouldn’t be the same. Or maybe the books I read when I was younger wouldn’t be favorites anymore. Or maybe some books just don’t age well?).

I don't reread that much, except for certain audiobooks like Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and two Georgette Heyer books which are narrated by Richard Armitage.

Instead this week, I am going to share some of the books that I have read for my read on a theme book club. What is a read on a theme book club? And is it book club, bookclub or book-club? My book club meets approximately every 6 weeks and at each meeting we decide on a theme for the next choice. You then read whatever book you like that meets the theme rather than the more traditional method of picking a specific book that everyone then has to read

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman - This is the current theme which is Crime: Fact or Fiction. It seemed the perfect time to read a book I have had on my TBR for a while now.

The Anywhere Hotel by Gisele Stein - The theme for this was Out of My Comfort Zone, which for me was a new to me self published author. I missed the meeting for this as I was away for the weekend which was a shame as one of the other ladies read all three Fifty Shades books and the conversation was apparently hilarious.

The Naturalist of Amsterdam by Melissa Ashley
- The theme for this one was A Book with a City in its name

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus - The theme for this one was Science and it was one of the few occasions where a couple of us read the same book.

Spring Clean for the Peach Queen by Sasha Wasley - The theme was Colour in the Title

The Last of the Apple Blossom by Mary-Lou Stephens  - The theme was Spring

The Bookbinder of Jericho by Pip Williams
- This is the only book we have ever all read for the one meeting, and we chose to do this because some of us were going to hear her speak at Melbourne Writers Festival.

The Visitors by Jane Harris - The theme for this one was Indigenous Authors

Dreaming in French by Vanessa McCausland
- The theme for this one was Australian Authors. To be fair, a lot of the authors on this list are Australian!

The Proxy Bride by Zoe Boccabella - The theme was New and I chose this one as I bought the book new, it was a new author to me and it was about starting a new life.

What themes do you think you would choose if you were in a read on a theme book club!


  1. I can't imagine the book club I attend managing to agree on a theme. It's difficult enough for us all to agree on a book!

    1. I’ve been in a Read on a Theme Book Club for years, and whoever is hosting the next session chooses the theme ☺️

  2. What a fun way to choose books for your book club! I love it. I might suggest that in mine since it can be hard to find books that everyone agrees on. A theme would be easier to choose. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Happy TTT!

  3. Your book club sounds really cool!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.


  4. Lessons in Chemistry is on my TBR; hopefully, I'll be able to read it this year. As for your book club, I love how it works. I've not joined one because I'm intimidated by the idea of reading the same book as a group of other people and then discussing it. Feels too much like high school English class for me.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  5. I like the way your book club is set up. It would be fun to pick from a theme. I have read all the Thursday Club books and would like to read Lessons in Chemistry.