I think I’ve established that I am bad at book clubs. I’ve been a part of several failed book clubs over the years (not all of which were my fault). I just don’t do well when other people tell me what to read. But I do love the idea of book clubs. And I occasionally read a book and immediately try to talk to other people into reading it so I can talk about it.
There are a lot of great books out there that I recommend often, but I think it’s important for a book club to be able to discuss the book. Here are the books I’d pick for a group to read, if I was still part of a book club (if you’re a book club member, I would highly recommend any of these, depending on what your group is interested in):
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I just want to make everyone read this book. It’s amazing and it will make you cry, but it’s totally worth it. I don’t want to say any more about this book because I really don’t want to spoil anything, but just please read it.
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole. And if you have read Evelyn Hugo and are looking for something similar, check this one out. It’s not exactly the same, but it has the same Old Hollywood vibe with a much deeper story. I really enjoyed it, and it’s definitely not as well known, so chances are no one in your book club has already read it.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I read this a month or two ago, and I still have conflicting feelings about it. Which probably means it would make for some great discussion. If your book club would like diverse fiction that addresses current societal problems, this would be perfect.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The second I finished this book, I wanted to talk to someone about it. The twist at the end was not shocking, but I loved it. I really loved this whole book. It’s definitely one you’re going to want your friends to read.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. If your book club liked Gone Girl (or if everyone’s already read it), this would be a great pick! It’s right up there with Gone Girl in my book. And I don’t want to say much more so I don’t ruin it. But the twist at the end will make it very easy to tell if anyone isn’t actually doing the reading.
A Fist Around the Heart by Heather Chisvin. If your book club has problems choosing your next book because everyone (or that one person who reads everything) has already read it, this is a safe bet. It currently only has fifty-six reviews on Goodreads, but it’s a great book. Feminist historical fiction will usually be a hit in my book.
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. This is one of the best feminist books I’ve ever read. Which is especially impressive because it was written by a man and has a male protagonist. I think it would be so much fun to debate the feminist elements of this book with a book club. If yours is interested in fantasy, I’d highly recommend this one!
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. If your book club likes debating, this one might be a great pick. I can definitely see some arguments happening over certain events in this book. I loved it, but I can see why some people might not. Which I think would make for some interesting discussion.
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. This one is a lot like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. But better (don’t hate me, I liked both of them). It’s such a great mystery made even better by the crazy amount of Shakespeare references. Which, for a literature nerd like me is basically heaven. I really loved this one, and think it would make for some great discussion.
I would highly recommend all of these, whether or not you are in a book club. But most of these are books I really wanted to talk about when I finished them, so I think they’d be great in the context of a book club.
Are you part of a book club? What was your favorite book club read? And if not, what book would you love to read as part of a book club?
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