Books about Book Clubs: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

June 6, 2014 Book Club, Idiosyncratic Lit List 35

What’s up, Bookworms?

I have been having so much fun with The Fellowship of the Worms lately. Y’all are a super fantastic crew to have a book club with. I also adore my neighborhood book club (lovingly dubbed “My Neighbors Are Better Than Your Neighbors.”) Frankly, all the book club love has got me thinking about books about book clubs. Naturally. Who’s ready for a list?!


1. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik: I read this book while I was still in college, but it’s stuck with me. A group of female neighbors who like to read form a book club. They navigate through their lives, motherhood, and the 1960s while leaning on each other. For as cute as it is, it focuses on some tough stuff. Women’s rights, family drama, the Vietnam War, domestic abuse- it’s got everything. Luckily it’s still optimistic and has a great feeling of sisterhood. Love this book. Actually, I might make my neighborhood book club read this. It seems appropriate, no?

2. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: A group of ladies and one lone dude team up to read ALL THE AUSTEN. The crew tackles all six of Jane’s masterpieces… And their own lives. Books about book clubs always have such great tidbits about the people reading the books. Since reading this about a thousand years ago, I’ve had a goal to read ALL THE AUSTEN. Mansfield Park is the only one left on my list!


3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: Meta moment, y’all. We totally discussed this book about a book club in The Fellowship of the Worms, our online book club. It’s turtles all the way down, seriously. I love, love, loved this book! Post WWII tales from occupied Guernsey? Bonding over books? Love in the countryside? So sweet!

4. Xingu by Edith Wharton: The latest addition to my collection, this is a short story by the brilliant Edith Wharton. That Edith Wharton, man. What a pistol. She was constantly lampooning the uppity upper crust and this story is no exception. Lesson: don’t be a snob. You’ll make a fool of yourself. Especially if you mistake a river for a book.

I know there are more books about book clubs out there, I’ve just not read them yet. What are some of your favorites, Bookworms?

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35 Responses to “Books about Book Clubs: An Idiosyncratic Lit List”

  1. Athira

    I’ve only read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and LOVED that one! I have heard about the Jane Austen Book Club but haven’t read it. I will have to check the other two out!

  2. Tanya

    Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is the best title I’ve heard in a long time. Maybe that’s because I always joke that as a SAHM i spend my time eating bon bons and doing my nails!

    • Words For Worms

      Isn’t that a great title? I’ve never quite figured out exactly what bon bons are, but I like to imagine they’re filled chocolates… Because I like filled chocolates and they seem like the most indulgent candy…

  3. Charleen

    Huh, I can think of lots of books that are about books, but none that are about book clubs… other than Guernsey, of course, which I love… and that End of Your Life Book Club memoir, which I’ve never read (and I’m pretty sure isn’t even a book club so much as just two people reading together).

    • Words For Worms

      Xingu is so cheeky. You will love it. And it will take you no time at all to read because it’s like 26 pages or some ridiculous shortness.

  4. Chrissy

    Great list! I’ve been wanting to read The Jane Austen Book Club for a while. I saw the movie first. Now I really want to read it.

  5. Emily

    I’ve recommended Angry Housewives to tons of people and never found another person who had actually read it. I loved it and have no idea how I stumbled upon it but good job spreading the word. I don’t need to express my love for Guernsey anymore so I’ll just leave it with the generic, “great list!” Seriously.

    • Words For Worms

      Yay! I’ve found the same thing, and then when I mention the title I always get “question mark face” from people. I’m glad you know where I’m coming from, girl!

  6. Darlene @ Lost in Literature

    The End of Your Life Book Club is all I can think of.
    My book club read that one. But it’s just two people, mother and son.
    And it’s a memoir so not so much about the “book club” but more about the books they read.
    I’ve had friends who didn’t want to read it because they thought it would be too sad or depressing, but I didn’t think it was at all. I thought it was a great tribute.

    • Words For Worms

      Oooh yeah, that’s rough. I read Still Alice around the time my grandma was suffering dementia and it was a weep-fest. Maybe let yourself heal a bit first. (Internet hugs. Grandmas rule.)

  7. ThatAshGirl

    Other than The Jane Austen Book Club, I don’t think I’ve ever read another book about book clubs specifically. Or at least I don’t think so.

    • Words For Worms

      But you’ve read just about everything ever. I’m sure there’s one out there, it’s just buried beneath the eleventy billion more recent reads.

  8. AMB (Koiviolet)

    I really enjoyed the movie version of The Jane Austen Book Club, but I’ve never read the book. Mansfield Park is actually the only Austen left that I haven’t re-read within the last two years (thanks to you, I managed to cross Northanger Abbey off my list!). Now my husband is making his way through all of Austen’s books. He’s read P&P and Sense and Sensibility (he wrote about both on my blog), and he’s reading Persuasion right now.

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