Sometimes, right after finishing a book, you just need to talk with someone else about the plot twist and turns. Other books are so wonderful, you can’t help but gush over them, sharing the wealth of a perfectly woven tale. The best books for a book club usually fall into one or both of these categories. Regardless of how many people are in your book club, there are one (or 10!) books in the list below that everyone will enjoy and look forward to discussing.
Not many lists of the best books for a book club exist without including Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Set in a small town on the North Carolina Coast, Owens paints a vivid picture of both the scenery and the characters in this murder mystery. The marsh acts as the setting and a character in this novel that will give your book club hours of content and questions for discussion. Fast paced, emotional, and suspenseful, this book truly has it all.
While it starts out slow (just like it’s main character), A Man Called Ove will quickly win a spot with the entire group as one of the best books for a book club. This grumpy old man is just that…but is he more? Everyone has a story and Ove’s is bound to bring tears and laughter to everyone’s face.
Based on the true American story of an adoption agency that kidnapped and sold poor children to the rich, Before We Were Yours is an incredibly compelling story. This is one of the best books for a book club because of its ability to capture your heart. It also might plant a bug, leading one of you to research the historical details on which the story is written.
While many dream of walking away from life as it is and relocating to a remote village, the characters in The Great Alone actually do just that. Set in Alaska in the 1970s, a Vietnam veteran and his family seek a new beginning opening the door to an emotional journey. One of the best books for a book club because of its ability to place the reader into the story, it will have everyone asking, “what if?”
Right from the beginning of Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the reader grasps just how different Elenor is from other people. But Elenor doesn’t see it that way. Her life fits perfectly into its clean little box with precision and planning. That is, until she realizes that truly living requires human connections. You will laugh and cry during the discussion over one of the best books for a book club.
There is a reason why this book was named a top pick by so many publications. This is one of the best books for a book club because of its ability to take the reader through a time warp back to the 60s and 70s. The writing style perfectly encompasses life as a rock star in this special time in history. Read Daisy Jones and the Six for its ability to help you dream about life during a different time and place.
Every list of the best books for a book club should include a fast paced, suspense novel with broad appeal. Red Sparrow is the first in a trilogy written by a retired CIA agent about espionage and forbidden love. Based upon the power struggle between the United States and Russia, this thriller will have everyone anxious for more.
A newer release, The Whispers of War is on this list of the best books for a book club for its beautiful depiction of friendship during horrific times. This WWII historical fiction novel tells the story of three friends and how the beautiful bond of womanhood and loyalty can carry through impossible circumstances.
A New York Times Best Seller, The Dutch House is a tale that spans five generations. The Conroy family goes from rags to riches following WWII. Told from the viewpoint of the Conroy’s son, Danny, he and his older sister Maeve fail to outrun the past of their ancestors. You will become so entwined with this family and the strong sibling bond that you won’t want the book to end.
With so many households now having access to Disney+, kindergarteners to senior citizens are quoting the musical Hamilton. My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was written using actual letters and original sources from and about Eliza Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s wife. While her story is touched upon in the musical, this novel does an incredible job walking the reader through her life and the scandals she endured.
While the best books for a book club may sometimes just be a bottle of wine (#truth), this list includes something for every literary taste. From thriller to historical fiction to mystery, this list has it all. Bookmark this article so you can come back each month and try something different from the list!
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