Here’s a list of books you won’t want to put down. Plus, they’re perfect for Book Club.
Sharing books with friends and family is a wonderful way to connect, and it spurs exciting conversations and can create lasting friendships. I am always surprised by the power of books.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me about the book I was carrying, leading to a book discussion. It’s one of my favorite ways to find new reads.
I hope you love this list as much as I do and please tell me your current favorite book. I’ll be sure to add it to our Reader’s Favorites for all to see!
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Circe by Madeline Miller
Why I Like it: I listened to this book on audio and the narration was fantastic! I didn’t want to stop learning about Circe, the daughter of Sun God Helios, and her journey to self-discovery. Don’t miss this one!
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Why I Like It: This book is fast-paced, easy to read, and perfect for a vacation or sitting on the beach. The mystery is a missing husband who leaves a cryptic note and his daughter behind. There’s a lot to discuss regarding relationships and trust in this book.
The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See
Why I Like It: This book is about an all-women Korean diving group on the island of Jeju. This book spans several decades, so I loved learning about the different periods in history, especially the Haenyeo divers’ lives. It’s a fascinating read.
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips
Why I Liked It: This book is an emotional read with several sensitive topics, so you’ll want to discuss it as soon as you’re finished. The setting is a small town in Georgia in the ’60s. Tangy Mae is desperate to escape her abusive family situation but is faced with several obstacles she fights to overcome
Whiskey & Charlie by Annabel Smith
Why I Liked It: First of all, I fell in love with the characters in this book and became invested in the outcome of the two brothers’ relationship. This book is a debut novel and one I always recommend to friends. It’s beautifully written and will tug at your heart. I listened to it on audio and can’t recommend it enough.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Why I Liked It: I took this audiobook with me everywhere! I loved reading about the golden age of Hollywood and could picture the scarlets the author described. It’s complicated and addictive, and there are a lot of talking points.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
Why I Like It: I listened to this book on audio, and I loved the narration, and it added an extra dimension. Stories about the importance of books are always a pleasure to read and remind me of how lucky I am to have so many books at my disposal. This book is about the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project in the Appalachian mountains with a strong female protagonist. It’s awesome!
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Why I liked it: The author delivers an emotional read about a young mother and her son as they flee Mexico fearing retaliation from the Mexican Drug Cartel. This book had a lot of controversy surrounding it, and there’s an excellent author interview on Apple TV as part of Oprah’s Book Club. It’s an enlightening read.
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Why I Like It: I listened to this on audio, and it was excellent. The characters were well developed, and I learned a lot about Cuba and its culture. The narrative switches between two time periods and they’re both excellent.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Why I Liked It: This book is an epic story about the devasting impact the Great Depression had on the farmers during the Dust Bowl era. You get a feel for the desperation and struggles people felt, especially Elsa, who fights to overcome. There is a lot to discuss.