In choosing the novels, I wanted high-interest books that were connected to current issues that we could write about and discuss. I chose The Hunger Games and The Help. For The Hunger Games, we read articles on many related issues: the spectacle of violence, the 99%, reality TV, etc. For The Help, we studied the criticism that the book has received along with arguments defending the novel and we explored the idea of being a resistant reader (we also read texts by authors such as Zora Neale Hurston). Anyway, I developed full unit on each novel, and they were great. But I want to consider different novels for the future. While I might do The Hunger Games again, I am hesitant since everyone will have read it now. As for The Help, for many of the students it was great, but for others, it was low-interest.To be specific, the guys had trouble getting into it. If I wasn't at a community college and wasn't so eager to get my students reading, I wouldn't care. But if I can find a book with broader appeal, that would be great.
I've thought about Fight Club, but I'm not sure that's really my thing. I've thought about looking into something by Octavia Butler, and I've thought about checking out Atwood's Oryx and Crake. But this point, I'd love to hear any suggestions.