Our Book Club Recommendations



Making book club recommendations is no easy task! Everyone's taste in books varies widely, so it's difficult to to make book club suggestions that will please everyone.

If your having trouble with this, check out our tips on making book club selections.

That being said, there are some generally-accepted books in the "book club canon", so to speak, and all make excellent book recommendations.

We Recommend

Lately, many book clubs have been reading (and loving) these books:

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Sula by Toni Morrison

Having personally read most of these books, I can tell you that they are truly excellent works of fiction.

*New*Check out our latest list of the best books for book clubs in 2009.

These are book club picks you can rely on! You'll also want to check out our list of classic book club favorites.

Best of all, most of these books manage to be both fun and exciting reads while still having real literary "teeth".

Plus, most also have a book club guide in the back with book club discussion questions and author interviews.

More Great Reading

For more timeless favorites, check out this "Top 100" list of classic book club suggestions.

Still need more book suggestions? Take a look at this list of Oprah's book club picks and learn more about the Oprahs Book Club List 2009 selection "Say You're One of Them."

Also, check out our children's book club recommendations.

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