How To Find Amazing Books That Will Energize Your Book Club.

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Will those page-turning books you just finished reading steal the spotlight at your next book club meeting? Is that unputdownable read, the one that is really hard to put aside so you can get some sleep, your best choice for a book club pick? Maybe not. Not all good books make good book club books.

The last thing you want is for your book club meeting to morph into a coffee klatch– with everyone buzzing about the latest gossip, their favorite recipe, or the bargain they just found. And without some substance to your book club choice, this may very well happen.

Instead, why not set the mood for an energizing discussion where people get involved and share a common passion, maybe step out of their comfort zone and open themselves up to new ideas?

Personally, I love discussing a controversial topic with someone who does not share my view;  most times, I take something away – my perspective is altered in some way. I think it’s why I love reading and discussing books so much.

Below are some tips for choosing a book that is sure to generate some discussion at your next book club meeting.

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Choose books with thought-provoking or controversial topics.

Book Club books - Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr, Small Great Things by Jodi Picot Both WINGSHOOTERS by Nina Revor and SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult deal with overcoming racism and prejudice.

Books with no closure or surprise endings are also great book club picks.

untitled-1THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty and GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn are both books that provoke thought but also have unexpected endings.

What book club member doesn’t love a book with flawed characters?


The quirky main characters in THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Samson and A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman will steal your heart and give you a different perspective on life. There are lessons to be learned.

Stories with a strong message always make for lively conversation.


AMERICANA by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie deals with race, immigration, and inter-racial relationships, and ME BEFORE YOU  by Jo Jo Moyes takes you out of your comfort zone.

Character-driven books are also excellent choices for book clubs.


 In WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall, Starla is young, adventurous, and willful. In WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly Macmillan, Rachel is a mother who regrets a small decision – with big consequences – she made.

Pick a book about closed societies or foreign cultures.


Both ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr and THE PEARL THAT BROKE IT’S SHELL by Nadia Sashimi are stories that are moving and eye-opening.

Polarizing topics or unacceptable practices? The perfect book club pick.


Malala in I AM MALALA  by Malala Yousafzai fights for a principle she feels strongly about- women should be able to go to school and learn. THE FALUT IN OUR STARS  By John Green deals with the difficult topic of fighting cancer.

Engaging plots, stories that inspire, and books with conflict built into the storyline – Again, perfect!

bernadette-nest THE NEST  by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney deals with dysfunctional family relationships and WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE  by Maria Semple will make you wonder how well you know the people in your life.

P.S. Try not to pick books that are too long- or at least run them by your members first.

Happy Reading,


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