So You Want to Start a Book Club, Part 2 - Starting Your Own Group
So You Want to Start a Book Club, Part 3 - You First Meeting
I'm going to share a secret with you that all members of book clubs know...not all "good," or even "great," books make for good discussions. It's true. There will be times when your discussion won't last past much everyone saying they liked the book. And that's okay...it gives you all time to visit about other things and just enjoy time together.
There are also times when your club will read a book that will be universally hated. Honestly, these meetings can actually be quite fun! But, you wouldn't want every book club meeting to centered around a disappointing book.
To help you all get started, here are 11 books that have led to some fabulous discussions in groups I have been in. To be honest, I had a horribly difficult time narrowing down this list and, I could probably recommend dozens more...but here you go. The links for each book will go to the GoodReads page, unless I've previously reviewed it on my blog--in which case it will go to my review.
|The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker|
|The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova|
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot|
|Life of Pi by Yann Martel|
|Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov|
|Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides|
|Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro|
This is one of those books that is incredibly original, a bit creepy, and great fodder for discussion. I won't say more about it than that...
|Quiet by Susan Cain|
|The Red Tent by Anita Diamant|
|The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield|
|To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee|
Tomorrow, I'll finish up this series with some fun ideas for your book club.