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February's Most Popular Bookclub Picks

Posted by Cybil on February 16, 2017



Recommending a book for your bookclub is a daunting task. The right choice will result in lively conversation, while the wrong selection can pretty much kill a club's momentum. Luckily, you can rely on your fellow Goodreaders to help you out. Below you'll find February's top ten books being read by bookclubs on Goodreads.

Check out the entire list of Goodreads' most popular bookclub books (and filter by week, month, or all-time most-popular picks).

Do you have a great bookclub selection? Share it with us in the comments and tell us why it was a hit with your crew.


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A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

A real crowd pleaser of a novel, Ove is a grumpy yet lovable curmudgeon whose life is disrupted by the chatty couple next door. This book has an impressive 4.33 rating from readers and has been read by more than 500,000 Goodreads bookclubs.



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The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead imagines a world where slaves escaped the South via a literal underground railroad in this haunting book. It's won some impressive awards including the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. More than 124,000 groups have read this one, and readers have given it 4.06 stars.



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The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

This novel set during World War II chronicles the lives of two sisters caught in Nazi-occupied France. The 2015 Goodreads Choice Winner for Historical Fiction has been read by 942,000 bookclubs and has a 4.53 rating.



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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

Issues of race and empathy are examined in this novel where things take a turn as a black nurse treats the newborn of white supremacists. Picoult's novel has a 4.39 rating and has been read by more than 139,000 bookclubs.



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All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This Pulitzer-Prize winning World War II novel follows the intersecting paths of a blind French girl and a German soldier. You'll definitely be in good company with this pick: More than 1,719,000 bookclubs have discussed the 4.31-rated book.



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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

How about a nonfiction pick for your club? This true story of the black female NASA mathematicians that help put a man on the moon has also been made into an Oscar-nominated movie. More than 17,000 bookclubs are talking about this book.



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Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett

A stepfamily's tragedy echoes through the generations in Patchett's stirring novel about far-reaching family ties. More than 100,000 groups are reading this novel.



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Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance

Here's another nonfiction book being added to more than 113,000 bookclubs. This memoir of growing up poor in Appalachia is being used as a jumping off point to discuss America's political climate.



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The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

For bookclubs looking for some mystery and thrills, this is a popular pick with more than 3 million Goodreads groups talking about this bestseller. This is a fast-paced read is perfect for the amateur sleuths.




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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

A man is ordered to spend the rest of his life in a luxury hotel. Discuss! Well, more than 48,000 groups are doing just that with this 4.38-starred book.





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message 1: by Nadia (new)

Nadia Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora.


Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves) Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

I agree.

The Mothers by Britt Bennett; Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone; Mama's Boy by Reshonda Tate Billingsley;


Cal (Cal's YA Reads) I've seen the Underground Railroad a lot in my library


message 4: by Latanya (new)

Latanya Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson.


message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Latanya wrote: "Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson."

I read that one recently. Very good!


message 6: by Nissa (new)

Nissa Omg, what a great list of books. Love it! The book I'm currently reading in my book club is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Pachinko


message 7: by Rita (new)

Rita Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi wrote: "Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

I agree.

The Mothers by Britt Bennet..."


I highly recommend "Thelonious Rising" by Judith Richards. It is the story of a brave young boy who manages to survive the devastation of Hurricane Kathrina. I couldn't put down this wonderful book.


message 8: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

Agreed!


message 9: by Sarbjot (new)

Sarbjot I'm STILL reading "The Girl On The Train." I don't know what to feel about the book??!!


message 10: by Natacha (new)

Natacha Ramos Sarbjot wrote: "I'm STILL reading "The Girl On The Train." I don't know what to feel about the book??!!"

Yeah. Been there.


Alice, as in Wonderland I also suggest The Sellout, Swing Time, Here Comes the Sun, Homegoing, and The Fifth Season for something more relevant to Black History Month.


message 12: by Laura (new)

Laura Natacha wrote: "Sarbjot wrote: "I'm STILL reading "The Girl On The Train." I don't know what to feel about the book??!!"

Yeah. Been there."


I did not like it at all - took me forever to get through it!


message 13: by Chandra (new)

Chandra Pendergrass Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

I agree


message 14: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Chandra wrote: "Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black His..."

If you're looking for something non-fiction wise by a black author there is "The Warmth of Other Suns", which covers the Great Migration.


message 15: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I have just added this to my never ending book list Juliet.


message 16: by Sally (new)

Sally Nadia wrote: "Since this is Black History Month, it would be great to see a wide selection of books written by Black Authors both in and out of the diaspora."

Homegoing, is a stunning, epic debut novel that our book club appreciated greatly. It is an excellent choice for Black History Month. Reading the reviews on Goodreads will give you a good sense of the book.


message 17: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Laura wrote: "Natacha wrote: "Sarbjot wrote: "I'm STILL reading "The Girl On The Train." I don't know what to feel about the book??!!"

Yeah. Been there."

I did not like it at all - took me forever to get throu..."


It's always the same, for me, with these overhyped books. In the end I'm always "meh" and wonder why it is such a hype.


message 18: by Maureen (new)

Maureen High Cotton by Darryl Pinkney and Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinkney and Retribution by Nyree Ausler are some really good books for Black History Month.


message 19: by Claire (new)

Claire One of my book groups read "The Turner House" by Angela Flournoy for February - especially for Black History month.


message 20: by William (new)

William Smith nice collection..


message 21: by Celeste (new)

Celeste Goodhart Laura wrote: "Natacha wrote: "Sarbjot wrote: "I'm STILL reading "The Girl On The Train." I don't know what to feel about the book??!!"

Yeah. Been there."

I did not like it at all - took me forever to get throu..."

Same here.


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