Book Recommendations For Book Club

May 6, 2019

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Book Recommendations For Book Club

Book Recommendations for book club
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Some times my book club considers it challenging to find thoughtful, discussable books. Does your book club face that dilemma?

Often after finishing a book, I think: This would make a great book club selection. Usually, I base this opinion on the discussion possibilities and thoughtful themes or relevant issues.

If it would be helpful, here’s a list of books I’ve read that I can confidently recommend for my book club or yours (most suggestions are made with women in mind). The list is also heavily weighted toward historical fiction because I spend most of my reading hours in this genre. I hope you find this list a useful resource in choosing your next read!

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Grouped by Star Rating (in no particular order) and by Genre (Titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my reviews):

Historical Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 5+ Stars

The Gown by Jennifer Robson 5 Stars

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 5 Stars

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 5 Stars

Beantown Girls by Jane Healey 5 Stars

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor 5 Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar 5 Stars

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 5 Stars

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (and Netflix movie) 5 Stars

News of the World by Paulette Jiles 5 Stars

America’s First Daughter or My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray (both) 5 Stars

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor 5 Stars

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter 5 Stars

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon 5 Stars

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe 5 Stars

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom 5 Stars

Learning to See by Elise Hooper 5 Stars

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Woman 99 by Greer Mccallister 4 Stars

We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels 4 Stars

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris 4 Stars

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman 4 Stars

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan 4 Stars

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff 4 Stars

The Lieutenant’s Nurse or Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman (both) 4 Stars

A Fall of Marigolds or As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner (both) 4 Stars

The Secret Keeper or The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (both) 4 Stars

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi 4 Stars

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff 4 Stars

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See 4 Stars

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa Lee 4 Stars

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan 4 Stars

Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan 4 Stars

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 4 Stars

The Beautiful Strangers or The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio (both) 4 Stars

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 4 Stars

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 4 Stars

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah 4 Stars 

Literary Fiction

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane 5+ Stars

Virgil Wander (5 stars) or Peace Like a River (4 Stars) by Leif Enger

Light Women’s Fiction

Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton 4 Stars

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry 4 Stars

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center 3 Stars

The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller 3 Stars

General Fiction

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister 5 Stars

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 5 Stars

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 5 Stars

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (plus the movie) 5 Stars

Beartown by Fredrik Backman 5 Stars

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 5 Stars

Castle of Water by Duane Hucklebridge 5 Stars

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (plus the movie) 5 Stars

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 5 Stars

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce 5 Stars

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Hard Cider by Barbara Stark-Nemon 4 Stars

Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg 4 Stars

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick 4 Stars

Meet Me At the Museum by Anne Youngson 4 Stars

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (classic) 4 Stars

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood 4 Stars

Still Alice by Lisa Genova (plus the movie) 4 Stars

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 4 Stars

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 4 Stars


The Dry or Force of Nature by Jane Harper (both) 4 Stars

Light Science Fiction

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker 4 Stars

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain 4 Stars


A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 5+ Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar 5 Stars

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas 5 Stars

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 4 Stars

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 4 Stars

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 4 Stars

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray 4 Stars

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda 4 Stars

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 4 Stars

Non Fiction

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin 4 Stars

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 4 Stars

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 4 Stars


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (plus the movie) 5 Stars

In Pieces by Sally Field 5 Stars

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 4 Stars

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan 4 Stars

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 4 Stars

Educated by Tara Westover 4 Stars

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (plus the movie) 4 Stars


I rarely read thrillers, so I have only one title to offer. Fortunately, Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog came to the rescue with some titles. (I have not read any of her titles, so reading the reviews is recommended) THANK YOU Nicki!

 The River by Peter Heller 4.5 Stars

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(from Nicki)

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

***I have made this list a tab on the menu and I am adding to it over time. I’m adding titles to that list (and not this post), so check the menu tab when you need some ideas! ***

Let’s Discuss

Do you have a book we can add to this list? What has been your favorite book that your book club has discussed?

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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    • You’re welcome! Oh my…,you’ve asked such a difficult question! I tried to choose books that would appeal to a group and to a wide variety of readers, and I tried to avoid books with a serious trigger warning (e.g. Beartown) or with troubling content (e.g. Lilac Girls). Each selection I like for different reasons. Anything that I give 5 stars to is one I have really really liked because I’m fairly stingy with 5 Star ratings. Invention of Wings is a long standing favorite for histfic……I also loved My Dear Hamilton……but there are so many other great ones! For family drama my fav is A Place For Us for its poignant and relatable themes….. closely followed by Ask Again, Yes. And Little Fires Everywhere. I’m not very good at identifying an absolute fav…..thus the long list!
      Reading is such a personal experience and no 2 readers read the same book….I’m sure each reader would have a different fav on this list.

  1. This is an extensive list! I’m not a member of any book club but I am sure will add some of this books on my TBR! Thank you for this amazing post!

  2. I can not believe how many of these I’ve read! I’m wondering why you didn’t include The Lost Man by Jane Harper

    • I’m happy to hear we’re almost book twins!
      Good question! Of the 3 it was my least fav although many others have listed it as a fav. Did you love it? I wasn’t too thrilled with the ending. Although it would make an excellent book club discussion topic!!!

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