The Top 40 Book Club Picks of 2019

Posted by Cybil on December 17, 2019
When it comes to making the perfect book club selection, you can't go wrong by listening to your fellow readers. So we combed through our data to find Goodreads members' 40 most popular book club picks of 2019!

The beloved novel Where the Crawdads Sing was this year's top book club pick among Goodreads members worldwide, while readers keep talking about both of Margaret Atwood's books about the dystopian regime of Gilead: The Handmaid's Tale and its sequel, The Testaments.

Other popular selections prove as varied as the groups reading them and include fiction, nonfiction, mystery, and fantasy. Whatever genre these books fall into, they are all guaranteed to kindle conversation and garner sharp opinions.









































What book would you recommend as a great book club pick? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Lana (new)

Lana i would highly recommend The Cup by Melissa Addey, it is the first book in her Moorish Empire Series and the setting is exotic and the women characters are amazing.

message 2: by Théo d'Or (new)

Théo d'Or 1
Mémoires of Hadrian - by Marguerite Yourcenar


The Stranger - by Albert Camus


Nicholas Nickleby - by Charles Dickens

message 4: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn The Huntress by Kate Quinn is a compelling read. I found that once started, I could not put it down. The plot is fresh and the author ties up every loose end. My book group loved it.

message 5: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth How is Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" not on here? The guy got the genius grant this year for this body of work.

Not upset. Genuinely curious what the parameters were for ranking these books and what variables were measured for this decision. Some of these didn't even come out in 2019, but much earlier. Makes the title feel misleading.

message 6: by Cathy (new)

Cathy The Nickel Boys

message 7: by Cathy (new)

Cathy This book tells a wonderful story with an historically accurate background.

message 8: by Corey (new)

Corey Walters Where is Dark Age. A amazing book it's a Red Riding sequel

message 9: by Fran (new)

Fran I would recommend “Good Things Happen to People You Hate” by Rebecca Fishbein. There is a lot of food for thought in it and it will spark a discussion about millennial life and its ups and downs.

message 10: by FLJimmy (new)

FLJimmy Which book club created this list? I'm curious, it is a very diverse group of books.

message 11: by Melanie (new)

Melanie The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

message 12: by Susan (new)

Susan Normal people sally Rooney
For me the best book of the year!!

message 13: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Gregerson I would recommend The Other Americans by Laila Lalami. My book club have a lively and involved discussion about it.

Joyce Addaway Harris Ours is a unique book club. We, friends and family from across the country, meet only once a year at a week-long retreat. This past week, we discussed Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Kathryn Boo. A non-fiction account of life and death in a Mumbai slum. The read, while sobering, engendered a lively discussion of the intractability of poverty in the face of economic prosperity, and the universality of these opposing conditions. Highly recommended. jlh

message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen Radell The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

Numbers 1 and 3 are both nonfiction. I recommend all three.

message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura Flores I highly recommend 1. The Guest Book Sarah Blake 2.Cilka’s Journey Heather Morris 3. The Last Mrs Parrish Great Reading for a Book club

message 17: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Two books that sparked lots of in-depth discussion this year in our book club were Wiley Cash’s A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, and BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawunde. I also highly recommend MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb.

message 18: by Carol (new)

Carol Cutting for stone

message 19: by Barry (new)

Barry Davidoff The Tender Land
Mistress of the Ritz

The results are very accurate above. I read 5 of the top 6 books in book clubs at my local library.

message 20: by Karen (new)

Karen Croan I would recommend the trilogy which starts with The Bear & the Nightingale. Great characters, beautifully written, rich with information on Russian folktales, & a brave, resourceful heroine who doesn’t require anyone else to save her.

message 21: by Fay (new)

Fay For a galloping good read, try NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland. A mother and Analyst checking another country comes across a family member on p12. Does she turn the person in or become a traitor. Her family is involved and I had an emotional roller coaster of a read!

message 22: by Shannon (new)

Shannon My favorite book that I read in 2019 is: "Stone Mothers" by Erin Kelly. It has so many elements which could have thrown it off track, but it manages to pull all the threads together while maintaining suspense and excellent plotting as it weaves an incredible labyrinth between different time periods, narrators and viewpoints. It is an absolute masterpiece!

message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol Definitely Where the Crawdads Sing

message 24: by Brenda (new)

Brenda My favorite book of the year was Eleanor Oliphant Is Perfectly Fine! Eleanor’s quirky character was so well developed that I felt like I had actually met her! Great book!

message 25: by Joyce (new)

Joyce BECOMING MRS. LEWIS by Patti Callahan Henry

message 26: by Alison (new)

Alison Holliday I would have to say Miracle Creek. As soon as I finished reading it I was pushing it into my family and friends hands. It has a lot to discuss and great material for differing points of view and opinions.

message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Elizabeth wrote: "How is Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" not on here? The guy got the genius grant this year for this body of work.

Not upset. Genuinely curious what the parameters were for ranking..."

The title of this post is literally that it's top book club picks of this year. Meaning that lots of people chose to read these books with their book clubs during 2019. It's not a best books list.

message 29: by Laura (new)

Laura My book groups both really liked This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

message 30: by Panda (new)

Panda I feel sorry for this book club. Some of the picks are REALLY bad. Looking at you Once Upon a River and Lock Every Door

message 31: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Bissell I thought that The Dutch House and The Gentleman From Moscow, and the 2 books by Celeste Ng were excellent books, but I would also like to recommend The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Warlight by Michael Ondatche, and Paris in the Present Sense by Mark Halprin. Nancy B.

message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann Jarrell Of course I loved Before We Were Yours! I have read six of these books. A big surprise was Killers of the Flower Moon. About the travesty of Osage County, Oklahoma’s American Indians who lived on land where oil was found! And the beginning of the FBI which was called in to solve the mystery.

message 33: by Erin (new)

Erin Sheehan The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Phenomenal book club read.

message 34: by Celeste (new)

Celeste "Once Upon A River" by Diane Setterfield is a really fun book. I think it would bring great book club conversation.

message 35: by Heather (new)

Heather Cathy wrote: "The Nickel Boys"

I agree.

message 36: by Jen (new)

Jen Pushic Patsy

message 37: by Maki (new)

Maki Thank you for the fabulous ideas. I am just starring a book club so you have all inspired me with lots of books I have yet to read or listen to!

message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan Gromis Clover Blue (Eldonna Edwards) and
One Good Mama Bone (Brenda McClain)

message 39: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Bullock Washington Black was my top read for 2019. Astonishing and compelling!

message 40: by Connie (new)

Connie Calling me home by julie kibler

message 41: by Renee (new)

Renee Warnock I highly recommend "The Dearly Beloved" by Cara Wall. It's a fascinating look at two couples in NYC who are trying to figure out their place in both their marriages and in the world. It's a quiet read but a lot happens.

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message 43: by Sayam (new)

Sayam Asjad I will highly recommend "The Wife Between Us"

message 44: by Eric (new)

Eric would recommend "where the crawdads sing"

message 45: by Amber (new)

Amber I'd recommend The Giver of Stars

message 46: by Jean (new)

Jean Amber wrote: "I'd recommend The Giver of Stars"
Loved this story.

message 47: by Lily (new)

Lily I highly recommend The Priory of the Orange Tree. It is a queer, feminist, high fantasy epic, filled with magic, dragons, and fantasy politics.

message 48: by Whitney (new)

Whitney I’ve read 8 of these. Daisy Jones & the Six was my favorite. Wilder Girls was my least favorite (of the year, possibly. Definitely of this list that I had read).

Our book club read Pride & Prejudice recently and I would recommend it. Additionally, Watership Down would make an excellent book club choice :)

message 49: by Pat (new)

Pat The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

message 50: by Robin (new)

Robin My favorite book of the year and my top recommendation for book groups is Cara Wall's THE DEARLY DEPARTED. Some readers have asked if it leans heavily on faith issues, and while it does to a certain extent, it addresses various sides of what people believe. It's also perfect for anyone looking for a book that involves marriage, friendship, and family dynamics.

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