10 Stories That You Should Read Next With Your Book Club
Incredible suggestions to read at next month's book club!
Books You Need To Read in Your Book Club
Sometimes it can be hard to find other who like to read as much as you do, but there's always one surefire place to look: book clubs! In this article, we present 10 amazing novels you'll definitely want to read at next month's book club!
Whether they're in-person or online, book clubs allow you to dive into your favorite books with someone who wants to talk about books as much as you do! It's an incredible feeling to know you aren't boring someone out of their gourd and are having an incredible conversation about books!
Take a look through these books and, if you find some that appeal to you, why not bring them up at your next book club meeting to read in the future? They're all wonderful books, so it's a win-win situation!
1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman's Beartown is a very timely book after the #MeToo movement. There are small towns like Beartown everywhere that live for the high school soccer, football, or basketball team. In Beartown, it's hockey they live and breathe. Their junior varsity team is well on its way to win it all this year, something that could entice the government to build the national training center in Beartown, something that would revitalize a dying town. But after the semi-final, a horrific act is committed by one of the players, resulting in dire consequences.
2. The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang
Esmé Weijun Wang's The Border of Paradise is an exploration through trauma, isolation, and the things we, for better or worse, pass on to our children. David inherits his family's piano company at just 18 years old. Around this time, David's girlfriend Marianne ends things and David sells the company and decides to travel. He meets Daisy in Taiwan and the two have a son together, returning to the U.S. to live. David's health declines and an affair he has with Marianne culminates in a daughter. The children are raised together and must eventually contend with the traumatic world they were born into.
3. Tell it to the Bees by Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw's Tell it to the Bees is the tale of secret love set in the homophobic 1950s. When her husband leaves her, Lydia Weekes is left devastated and must now raise her young son Charlie alone. Charlie makes friends with Jean Markham, a local doctor. Charlie falls in love with Jean's garden just as Lydia falls for Jean. Charlie normally whispers his secret to the bees Jean tasked him to care for, but the new relationship between his mom and the doctor gets out, changing all their lives forever.
4. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler is a classic and deserves a place in both sci fi and literary book clubs. In the novel, Lauren and her family are residents of one of the few safe neighborhoods left after war, drugs, and water shortages have devastated the land. Lauren was born with hyperempathy, something that allows her to feel the pain of others. After her family is killed, Lauren will have to venture out into a world devastated by apocalypse. Along the way, she will be other refugees and together, they envision a way that could save them all.
5. The Power by Naomi Alderman
In the world of Naomi Alderman's The Power, evolution caused a new organ, called the skein, to grow. This organ shows up in the bodies of teen girls and gives them the power create electricity, a tool they can use to their advantage. The powers then show up in older women as well, tipping the balance of power toward women. Throughout the book, the lives of four very different people come together as the "world drastically resets" itself.
6. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
For most of her life, Nikki has distanced herself from the traditional Sikh community she was born into. Fate leads her to becoming the instructor of a creative writing class for Sikh widows who show up for the class believing it to be a basic English literacy course. However, one widow discovers a book filled with sexy stories and shares it with the class, making Nikki realize these women "have a wealth of fantasies and memories." She decides to show them how they can express themselves through writing, but warns the growing class to keep it from getting back to a group of conservative men called the Brotherhood. If only things were so simple.
7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you haven't read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid yet, well, you need to, and your book club is the perfect place to do so. Evelyn Hugo is an aging Hollywood star known for marrying seven men throughout her life. Stuck in a rut, reporter Monique Grant thinks Evelyn calls her to write an article about her, but when she gets there, she discovers she's really there to write the biography of Evelyn's life. Along the way, Monique discovers their lives intersect in "tragic and irreversible ways."
8. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
In Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer, Korede has spent her life living her sister Ayoola's shadow, but now Ayoola needs her help. Ayoola has just killed her boyfriend--her third dead boyfriend in a row--and Korede's practicality is what will save her. But when a doctor at the hospital Korede's works at asks her for Ayoola's phone number, she'll will finally have to face up to who her sister is and just how far she will go to save her. This book is the bit of odd, funny darkness your book club needs.
9. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Red Clocks is another timely novel in a time when the fate and legality of reproductive health weighs weighs heavy in the minds of many folks. In the novel, abortion has become illegal and rights are given to embryos thanks to the Personhood Amendment. A small Oregon fishing town is home to five women all impacted by the law in some way. The book culminates in a witch hunt, evoking a modern twist on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
10. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
June Elbus loses her uncle to the AIDS epidemic in 1987. A renowned painter, her uncle was the shy girl's best friend and losing him turns her world on its head. At the funeral, June notices a man she's never seen before standing apart from the crowd and, just days later, gets a package from him in the mail. It contains her uncle's teapot and a letter from the man, Toby. He was her uncle's partner and wants to spend time with the girl his partner loved so dearly. Soon, June discovers this many may be the one who will help her heal.
Let's Keep the Conversation Going
What books will you read next in your book club?