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.
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.
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.