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32 Perfect Books To Kick Off Your Book Club

"Guaranteed to give you the feels."

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2. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

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"It's a wonderfully insightful book about the struggles trans people go through. I feel that there aren't very many books out there right now that deal with this subject matter."

Suggested by Alicia A., via Facebook

3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

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"It's perfect for a book club because people will take different things away from it, and I'm sure that will lead to great conversations."

Suggested by Leah MacCarthy

5. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

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"The true story of a healthy young woman who had her entire world shattered by a mysterious infection in her brain. She had no memory of her illness and used her investigative journalism skills to discover exactly what had happened to her."

Suggested by amandac4fd92b149


9. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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"I read this for my book club last summer. The combination of historical fiction, with a touch of fantasy, feminism, and Nazis made it one I couldn't put down, and couldn't wait to talk about!"

Suggested by Jules592

10. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

"Immediately after reading this book I wished I was in a book club because I don't know if the genre was what I'd recommend to my friends, but I really wanted to talk it out with someone."

Suggested by alyb47e7398d1

12. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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"It's an amazing series that stretches across almost every genre. Everyone will find something to enjoy about it."

Suggested by Nicole V., via Facebook


13. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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"It's a beautiful and joyous and heartbreaking coming-of-age novel comprised of vignettes about a young Spanish girl growing up in Chicago."

Suggested by emilys44b743fcd

14. The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

"See inside the mind of precocious high school senior, Flannery Culp, an unreliable narrator who, as we learn from the outset of the novel, has been put behind bars for murder. It's just so damn good! It may, however, need a second read-through once you are finished. But trust me, you will want to."

Suggested by Mitchell F., via Facebook

15. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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"It made me laugh so hard I cried, but it also was poignant and touching."

Suggested by Meredith S., via Facebook

16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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"One of the greatest pieces of African American literature and one of my favorite books. Set in the early 20th century and spans 30 years, the story is told in the main protagonist's Celie's letters to God. A perfect feminist book with an uplifting ending."

Suggested by marvinv

17. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

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"This hilarious novel is satire at its best, and it sits just on the edge of sacrilege."

Suggested by Adrienne Enderle


19. When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

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"It's a book based during WWII in the Philippines about a group of people forced together and the stories they tell each other about their lives before the war."

Suggested by BobbiLeigh

20. 1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose

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"It's a daily journal of life in New Orleans immediately following Katrina. I have never had a book be so raw and vulnerably real. It taught me to empathize on a whole new level."

Suggested by alexk41b034d78

21. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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"Brilliantly written memoir of what its like to live in a dysfunctional family. Though we have not all experienced the same issues as the author, many can relate to the dynamics of the dysfunctional family."

Suggested by ttyler


23. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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"It's good for those who practice religion and those who don't. It's a very sweet and emotional book."

Suggested by Isabella E., via Facebook

24. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

"What seems to be a love story turns out to be something so much more. Prepare to think!"

Suggested by Erin S., via Facebook

26. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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"It covers a whole slew of topics: female friendships, motherhood, domestic abuse, and murder to name a few. Despite these heavy topics, it's funny and cheeky. There's a lot to discuss here."

Suggested by michallynnv

28. Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham

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"This novel explores the moral, economic and political implications of the scientific discovery of a life extending serum. It makes you question what you would do in that situation. It's also very short, so it's an easy start to a book group."

Suggested by vasht

29. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

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"It can get a little weighty sometimes, but it's a very deep, beautiful, true story, and a great one to talk about with friends. Get ready for the tears, though."

Suggested by Elizabeth S., via Facebook

30. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

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"It has one of the best opening lines in the history of fiction: 'Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.'"

Suggested by Barnaby W., via Facebook

31. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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"It will make you laugh, cry, and question everything that you think you know. This is the one book that I always recommend to people no matter what type of genres people read because this book has such a profound impact on each person who reads it."

Suggested by MaKyla C., via Facebook

32. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

"A phenomenal book filled with mystery, overbearing mothers, and icebergs; what more could one want?"

Suggested by lizzyroy

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