Chances are, if you’re like me, you’re in a book club. What’s better than hanging out with a group of like-minded people who love to talk about books?
But with so many great books out there (and so little time!), how do you narrow down the search for the perfect book for a whole group to read? The struggle is real, so we’re here to help you out! Read on to find the next book for you and your book club to read!
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
What’s already being touted as the must-read thriller of 2018, The Woman in the Window has enough twists to keep you on your toes the entire time. There is plenty to discuss in this book, including an ending you won’t see coming. The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated psychological suspense about an agoraphobic woman that witnesses something horrible from her window. With homages to all the best Hitchcock movies and with a character that loves wine, you and your book club will definitely have something to relate to.
This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff
This witty, poignant novel about the ups and downs of an HR department is the perfect book club pick! It follows five employees as they deal with the victories and setbacks we all experience at work, making it a super relatable story for anyone in the workplace. If you loved Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, chances are you’ll love This Could Hurt!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
You’ve heard the hype, and if you haven’t read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas yet, your next book club meeting is the perfect opportunity! It’s about a teen girl who witnesses her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. Timely, important, heartbreaking, and inspiring, The Hate U Give should be required reading by everyone.
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
Reese Witherspoon recently picked this psychological suspense novel for her December Book Pick, so you know it’s got book club potential. The Last Mrs. Parrish is about a woman who weasels her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple,” and it’s an exciting and addictive read.
The Secret Affair by Gill Paul
From the bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes another enthralling love story, this time set in the 1960s with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The Secret Affair follows historical advisor Diana Bailey as she starts work on set of Cleopatra, and uncovers secrets of the cast and crew. Your book club will love discussing Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and all the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
With the movie adaptation out this March, now is the perfect time to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! This is a heartwarming and funny coming-of-age, coming-out story. Think You’ve Got Mail but with nerdy gay teen boys. And after your book club meeting, you can call go see Love, Simon together! Win-win.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a spellbinding story about two orphans who fall in love and become separated. 1930s Montreal is not kind to artists, and both Rose and Pierrot stumble into the dangerous worlds of drugs, brothels, and love. From the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author Heather O’Neill, this book is rich, quirky, and magical. There is plenty to discuss!
The Wife by Alafair Burke
The Wife is a gripping domestic thriller that will have your whole group talking! This book is a great conversation starter for asking the hypothetical: would you save the person you love or save yourself? When a woman’s husband is accused of a terrible crime, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth her own secrets. This twisted novel asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Though difficult subject matter, The Child Finder is an absolutely stunning novel. From the author of The Enchanted comes a story about a young girl who vanishes in the forest. Naomi, a private investigator known as “the Child Finder” promises to find her, and the search takes her deep into the icy forest and into her own fragmented past. The writing is exquisite and you could spend hours gushing about the magical elements of this unique story.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu (On Sale 02/13/2018)
Reminisce about your own days at camp with The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore. Five girls at a sleepaway camp set off on an overnight kayaking trip that turns into a fight for survival when they become stranded. The novel follows what happens to the girls during this fateful trip, and the aftermath in the years to come. This book is very moving and beautiful, and ultimately a story about friendship.
Which book sounds like the perfect pick? If you’re in a book club, what genre of books do you usually choose? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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