What makes a good book club selection? It’s not necessarily books you end up loving, but books that make you feel and think. They may make you feel excited about what you’re reading, or they may leave you feeling confused. Either way, they produce strong feelings to the point where you just need to discuss. Here are the books I have found to be great sources of interesting conversations:
1. The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
This is by far one of my favourite books. Beautiful writing, an engaging story, interesting premise, and an intriguing mystery. Amazing on all counts. I cannot recommend this book enough.
2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I found this book to be quite thought provoking. The main character’s story splits into two different timelines, and we get to see her life unfold based on a choice she makes. It brings up so many questions about fate and destiny, and a lot of opinions on the events of each timeline. There are discussion questions provided at the end of the book.
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A world post-apocolypse and a number of different story lines, both past and present. There is so much to discuss when it comes to this book. Wonderfully written and put together.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I found this book to be such an enjoyable read. It was also the selection of the first book club I ever attended so it will always have a special place on the bookshelf. It’s an interesting, quick read and it resulted in a fun discussion. On the flip-side, the follow up The Rosie Effect, was more of a frustrating read for me, which made me want to discuss it even more.
This is an odd book, but in all the best ways. It’s one of those you read and then end up scratching your head and wondering what you just read. That’s what makes it so great to talk about, because everyone will undoubtedly have their own unique take on it.
Have you read any of these books? What have been some of your favourite book club selections?