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message 1: by Paige (new)

Paige (estelle331) | 5 comments I'm not sure if this is allowed in this group, but I was hoping to get some suggestions on a good book for a monthly book discussion. Preferably fiction, and something that can be easily checked out from the library (not a brand new bestseller).

Thanks for any help!

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Tara Bates | 1008 comments My book clubs have had good discussions on
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
Molokai by Alan Brennert

message 3: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline | 407 comments Here’s a few more off the top of my head that might be of some help.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
The Ruin by Dervla M
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

message 4: by Sally (last edited Jun 12, 2018 05:12PM) (new)

Sally taylor (sallyjanet) Our library has a book club discussion sets for books. They allow you to take them out longer than normal and give the leader a booklet with discussion questions and other suggestions for the book. I would check and see if your library does, the librarians are pretty good at steering our group in the right directions depending on the type of books we like, ages,, ect ect....
Here is a link with what they offer to give you ideas

message 6: by Paige (new)

Paige (estelle331) | 5 comments Tara wrote: "My book clubs have had good discussions on
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Orphan Tr..."

I will definitely look into some of these because We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Book Thief are two of my favorites!

message 7: by Teri (new)

Teri (teria) | 1324 comments Favorites from my book club have been:

The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zavin
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
and our current read is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

We used to have a hard time picking, but lately we find a book that most of us have on our Goodreads Want to Read list that has a rating of at least 3.75, and away we go.

message 8: by L Y N N (new)

L Y N N (book_music_lvr) | 3786 comments Mod
Oh, my, so many that I could list. Some have already been listed by others above, so...

Water for Elephants
A White Wind Blew
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The School of Essential Ingredients
The Lost Art of Mixing
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
The Sugar Queen
The Peach Keeper
A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion
The Elephant Whisperer
The Accidental Book Club
A Single Thread
The Second Sister
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Our tried and true system for selecting books is to create a list of possible titles and each of us votes on all those books. As facilitator, I typically leave my "votes" until last and then can evenly spread them out to create a list that ensures everyone's favorites make it to the official/final listing! We select 12 books to take us through the next year, but we do it in summer when we all seem to have a bit more time. Just some suggestions!

message 9: by Hayjay315 (new)

Hayjay315 | 137 comments I am not in a book club but these are all fiction books I have enjoyed over the past few years that I could see doing well in that type of setting:
The Whistling Season
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Keeper of Lost Things
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
The Weight of Ink
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

message 11: by Lauren (last edited Mar 01, 2019 07:19PM) (new)

Lauren Oertel | 764 comments I'm in a bunch of book clubs, and the ones that prompted the best discussions included:
Burial Rites
The Japanese Lover
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
The Book Thief
The Natural Way of Things
A Man Called Ove
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
The Shadow of the Wind
Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple
The Snow Child

I promised one of my book clubs that my next pick would be fiction and light, since I tend to pick nonfiction and dark topics... Some of the suggestions in the posts above might work, but if anyone has other suggestions on good fiction that is moving and creates good discussions, but doesn't get too dark, let me know. :)

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