You know that feeling when it’s your turn to choose a book for book club and you’re freaking out because you don’t know what to pick? I’ve got you covered! I’ve made a list of fool proof choices for your next meeting, thanks to a prompt from The Broke and the Bookish. It’s Top Ten Tuesday time, y’all!
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett- This was the book choice for the very first book club meeting I ever attended. This was pre-movie and largely pre-hype, and we spent all kinds of time really talking about the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some unrelated-to-the-book book club chatting, but it’s rather novel when the conversation stays on topic.
2. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (review)- I didn’t actually read this with any book club, but it’s just SO GOOD and SO FULL of great discussion topics that it would be fantastic in a book club setting.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (review)- My experience with discussion of this book is from an English class in college, but I love this book so much. How great would it be to talk about with your book club? There’s so much MEAT.
4. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (review)- We read this with The Fellowship of the Worms and it was utterly delightful. It’s like catnip for book nerds, you can’t resist the charm.
5. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (review)- I discussed this book with two different book clubs and it provided excellent material both times. There’s just so much that’s jaw-dropping and crazy in this memoir that you can’t help but talk about ALL THE THINGS.
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (review)- This was another Fellowship of the Worms selection and it was great fun. I’m a sucker for books about book clubs, and reading it IN BOOK CLUB? So meta.
7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova (review)- I never discussed this one with a book club (though I have read Left Neglected by Lisa Genova with two book clubs and it’s another great choice) This book is SO powerful and heartbreaking. It’s utterly discussable.
8. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (review)- Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s easier to convince a group to read a book if the movie version stars Bradley Cooper. This book was charming and chock full of things to talk about, so the Bradley Cooper factor is really just a means to an end.
9. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi- I went back and forth trying to decide whether to include this book or The Book Thief (review) on this list. They’re both great and both tackle the fascinating subject matter of how ordinary Germans lived and felt during WWII. I went with Stones from the River because I feel like it’s less exposed and so incredible that more people ought to be reading it.
10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (review)- Post apocalyptic novels always make for interesting discussions, and this is one of the best novels of its type I’ve read in a good long time. I think it would make a fantastic book club selection.
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