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Starting a book club? Here are ten picks to get you started.

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I haven’t been in a book club/group for several years. Well, I’ve been invited to pre-existing ones and I do host one at the library, but haven’t been part of the book selection process. And I miss it. This blog is an outlet to share books I’d love to discuss and yet choosing books for a book club can be daunting. There is always going to be someone offended, uninterested, baffled by your pick…but I truly enjoy the debate and discussion of a good book. So these ten books are ones that I’ve read that I think will heat up book club discussions. They have elements that can rile up the most passive person.

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Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro. Okay…start your mommy war engines!

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. And now time to fight the hubby or significant other.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. There’s enough here to really incite the discussions.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Even book clubbers without kids will find this dysfunctional family heartbreaking.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book made me an instant Atwood fan and the intensity and injustice to women will stir up much debate. The open-ended ending will really set readers aflutter.

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I listened to this mostly via audio and is full of so many slight twists and turns. Meet early!

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Like Tiny Beautiful Things, this book of essays will speak to every reader on some level.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Marketed as this year’s Gone Girl, this book is equally satisfying when it comes to intensity, mystery and suspense. Bring on the comparison debate. I dare you!

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. What would a great book club be without some short stories? Yes, Atwood made this list twice, but after reading this collection of stories on aging and relationships with a magical realism twist, you’ll see why.

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood. I am just at the end of this book but have so much to discuss. These four women!! What’s their deal with this professional philanderer?! A short book that packs a lot of punch.

And lastly, I mentioned on a previous post that I would definitely add the podcast Serial to a book club selection. Here’s the post to tell you why.

What books would you add to a book group list?

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish.

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11 thoughts on “Starting a book club? Here are ten picks to get you started.

  1. Awesome list! So much to talk about in SO many of these books. It doesn’t hurt that a few of my favorite recent reads are on here (Bad Feminist, TBT, Stone Mattress). And though I didn’t love Mrs. Hemingway as much as many others did, you are SO right about the discussion… that book made me want to meet Hemingway all the more, just to get what it was that drew them all to him despite his (many) flaws.

  2. Thanks for sharing this list. I already have two of them on my reading list. I hope to check out all of them. So many books, so little time 🙂

  3. Wouldn’t it be fun (and funny) to be in a club for podcasts like Serial? Wonderful list of books, some I have read and many I still have to get to. I agree that picking books for a book club would be stressful because you will never please everybody.

    • I think Serial as a book club pick would be so much fun. I could only imagine the discussions! That’s the worst part about picking books…I’ve had my share of “what were you thinking” looks when I used to be in one.

  4. What a great list! Our book club read EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU and talked about it for a couple of hours. We also read THE MINIATURIST (which I loved) — we had a good discussion, but not as in-depth as others we’ve discussed. We’ve had some of our very best discussions about nonfiction — THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, etc.

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