Beginner Book Club Picks From Our Readers

Posted by Marie on May 11, 2018
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Deciding what to read for your first book club meeting can feel daunting. Ultimately, a successful pick is one that inspires a lot of lively discussion. But if you’re a newbie feeling the "book club butterflies," or even a veteran looking to re-energize your group, we’ve got you covered.

We asked seasoned book club hosts on Twitter and Facebook for their picks and created a roundup of some of the most popular suggestions. Make sure to add your own recommendations in the comments. Don’t forget to add what catches your eye to your Want-to-Read shelf!

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What "first reads" would you recommend for a new book club? Let us know in the comments!

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Ivana - Diary of Difference When I finally say to myself - enough Ivana, you will no longer be putting books on your TBR list, because you have more than enough - then there comes another Goodreads blog post... I am hopeless.. :)


message 2: by Sri (new)

Sri The good earth by Pearl S. Buck or Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


message 3: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Some great choices here! Some my book club has already read, some our on our list.


message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nolan Q & A by Vikas Swarup or Foster by Clare Keegan


message 5: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Not that I don't enjoy historical fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, etc., but I think the lack of fantasy or crime thrillers here is why I'm not in a physical book club... Fortunately, Goodreads groups tailored to the types of books I read most help serve that purpose for me. ;)


message 6: by Breanna (new)

Breanna Coraline by Neil Gaiman.


message 7: by Tim (new)

Tim A Movable Feast - E.Hemingway
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep - Philip K Dick
A Stillness At Appomattox - Bruce Catton
Day of the Triffids - John Wyndam
The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver
The Last Coyote - Michael Connely


message 8: by Harriet (new)

Harriet O'Malley My book club began with "A Man Named Ove". Wonderful book about an unfriendly guy who was good to the core, but really be-comes what he has always avoided--a good friend. There is a lot to love about this man but mostly you just start out not liking him, but in the end there is a redemption. HHO


message 9: by Anne (new)

Anne Harriet wrote: "My book club began with "A Man Named Ove". Wonderful book about an unfriendly guy who was good to the core, but really be-comes what he has always avoided--a good friend. There is a lot to love abo..." I loved BEARTOWN, by same author, so this book is on my TBR list.


message 10: by Beth (new)

Beth https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

"Less" won the Pulitzer this year. It would be a great book club choice. It's laugh-out-loud funny and very well written. My book club is reading it this fall.


message 11: by Janet (new)

Janet The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama is first rate!
It was one of the first books my group read.


message 12: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Ivana A. wrote: "When I finally say to myself - enough Ivana, you will no longer be putting books on your TBR list, because you have more than enough - then there comes another Goodreads blog post... I am hopeless...."
I feel the same way, I also find a lot of books on facebook. I just keep adding and adding to my tbr list. You are not alone!


message 13: by Caroline (new)

Caroline The Red Tent by Anita Diamant made me start a book club. I loved it so much I bought copies for a bunch of friends, gave them as Christmas gifts and said: See you at my house in February. 16 years later... We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow. Happy Reading.


message 14: by Darren (new)

Darren as a first book for a new group I'd think you want something:
short(ish)
easy/cheap(ish) to obtain
that everybody had heard of (but perhaps not read)
without heavy/contentious issues
a bit thought/discussion-provoking though
with a clear plot
in a clean(ish) style (maybe a few literary flourishes)
so
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


message 15: by Stella Maris (new)

Stella Maris Antonio I am definitely a fan of Jodi Picoult and Nineteen Minutes is something that I don't wanna miss..


message 16: by Bryan E Potter (new)

Bryan E Potter Just finished After Anna,by Lisa Scottaline. Started A
Man Called Ove.


message 17: by Wired153 (new)

Wired153 I thought a really good book club book was The 5 People You Meet in Heaven.
It leads to really deep conversation, but also the questions and discussion seems to come easily.


message 18: by Jenine (new)

Jenine I would recommend Red Sky in the Morning
Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird


message 19: by John (new)

John Fransisco I need some health book. Do you give me?'ll wait for your next article. health care thought and ideas.


Ivana - Diary of Difference Sandra wrote: "I feel the same way, I also find a lot of books on facebook. I just keep adding and adding to my tbr list. You are not alone!"

Hehe, that is good to know :) I know I can't have them all finished in near future, but I am still eager :)


message 21: by Crumb (new)

Crumb I can recommend a couple that I've read recently...

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Click Here for my review

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Click Here for my review


message 22: by Julia (new)

Julia Darren wrote: "as a first book for a new group I'd think you want something:
short(ish)
easy/cheap(ish) to obtain
that everybody had heard of (but perhaps not read)
without heavy/contentious issues
a bit thought/..."


Seconded!


message 23: by Zac (new)

Zac C.C Some classics here (which I haven't read) but why is there not wind in the willows?


message 24: by Pillsonista (new)

Pillsonista Thanks for the recommendations and all, but, uh... no. None of these.


message 25: by Harriet (new)

Harriet O'Malley I am reading "Don't Go" by Lisa Scottoline. Great read and my book club is really enjoying it. It has all the things you enjoy reading. You have a character you love and some you really don't like and when they are pitted against each other, it is amazing. You get to hail the strength he has to fight against the odds.


message 26: by Rebeca (new)

Rebeca Martins That's a nice pick. I would add maybe Everything, Everything
and We Were Liars
Those are pretty interesting too. I also have created my own list at my friends official site. I'm sure you'll like it too.


message 27: by Amber (new)

Amber When I started the reading for pleasure book club back in 2014 we started with Dracula as our Classic group read, our first fiction one was matched and then went from there. If you are on Goodreads, check our group out. We are a friendly international book club for ages 18 and over and everything we do at RFP is done at our own pace. We read classic, non-fiction, and fiction group reads as well as do buddy reads and more.


message 28: by Margaret Robson (new)

Margaret Robson We have read a few of the above and I would also recommend ' The Dry' by Jane Harper, ' A Little Life' by Hanya Yangihara, which was a difficult but unforgettable read. Also ' Little Fires Everywhere' by Celeste Ng.


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