If you’ve recently started a book club, you may be scratching your head wondering what book you should start with. Depending on the people who are in your book club, there are a few selections that are considered “big hits” in the book club world. Here they are:
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This is a great choice, especially if your readers are mostly female. This is about a book club, set during WWII. Villagers come together to ration their food, share books, and support one another through the rough years. Great read, fun tie into the nature of a book club.
- The Shack
Is your book club part of a church or religious organization? Sticking to books that reflect your values may be a strong selling point to get more people involved. Check out The Shack, and discuss just how much you all love it. This is a great book for men and women, and would be a great way to start conversation.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
Did you meet some of your book club members at the dog park? Do you all have fur children? This is the best book since Marley and Me for people who love animals. Yes, bring tissues, but also enjoy a very unique and loving story that will be great to discuss while your dogs romp around in the background.
- The Book Thief
This book is universal, whether young, middle-aged, old, man or woman. This is also a great book if you want to have a “family book club” that allows parents and school-aged children to discuss books together. Set in WWII, it opens the dialogue about a lot of things, including loss, the Holocaust, and death itself. Such a great book.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
If you’re hoping to draw more young teens and male readers into your book club, start with a book like this. About a young autistic boy who tries to solve the death of a neighbor’s dog, it is unique, incredibly visual, and an impressive read.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
Even if people have read this before, talking about it in book club just brings about a different perspective. Stick to the classics for the first session, if you want, and discuss the themes that are thick in this Harper Lee classic. There are also tons of book club discussion guides online for this book, if you’re wondering where to start the conversation.
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time
If you’re hoping to start a book club that is rife with cultural and worldly lessons, this is a great place to start. Don’t stick to the traditional, white suburban literature. Expand your horizons. Use this book to discuss the perils in the Middle East, and the need to improve education (especially for females) in such a restrictive culture.