Books clubs provide a positive environment for a love of literature, as well as bringing together a community to learn about and discuss something that matters to them: books! Being part of a book club can help you gain a new perspective, or just allow you to rant about books you love and hate with people who feel just as passionately as you do. However, finding a good book to discuss can be difficult, so I’ve compiled a list of my favourite novels that could lead to some brain-teasing conversations. These don’t just have to be for a book club either, they make good books to read on your own, although you may just have to lend it to a friend so you have SOMEONE to rave to…
FOE BY IAIN REID
This has to be one of my favourite books of all time. Nothing compares to the absolute BRAIN BOGGLE of this novel. Its so elegantly written, with an enigmatic plot line that keeps you anticipating throughout. Iain Reid is a Canadian author, with critically acclaimed non-fiction books being published and sold all across the globe. Foe is his second novel, and, following in the footsteps of his first, film rights have been aquired. The beauty of Foe, and what makes it such an amazing book club pick, is that everyone has different interpritations. Its twisted and mysterious, and the answers to your questions are tauntingly just out of reach. Go into this book blind, knowing nothing about the story, and come out of it questioning everything you have learnt.
[ find my review of Foe here ]
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS BY MEGAN MIRANDA
All the Missing Girls has had endless success in the literary world. Its unique perception of time and way of taking you through the past keeps you off balance in the best way possible. Its utter originality within the crime fiction sphere is what makes it such an important book, and an amazing one to discuss with others. You can’t go wrong with a good old crime novel in a book club (discussing possible motives, killers and escape plans is never boring) but All The Missing Girls tense, menacing and suspicious atmosphere makes it the perfect pick.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN
Is there really a more classic book club book? The themes of This book feature loneliness, childhood trauma, mental health, and how it all intertwines into a messy adulthood are often shadowed within society. Honeyman’s goal when writing this book was to get more people talking openly about these issues and to help enable people to receive the help they need. Many physical copies of the book even have book club questions and prompts in the back! It’s important to be able to casually talk about these topics that affect such a huge portion of or society, and what better place to start than a book club 🙂
[ fine my review of Eleanor Oliphant here ]
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC BY VIRGINIA ANDREWS
Ah, a classic. Flowers in the Attic has always been a controversial book, even being banned in many schools and libraries after its original publication in 1979. Personally, I love this book in all of it pretentious glory. But that’s the best thing about Flowers in The Attic, you love it or you hate it, and that will make for some interesting debates and contrasting opinions.
[ find my review here ]
MORE THAN THIS BY PATRICK NESS
And finally, our only Young Adult book on the list, More Than This by Patrick Ness. This book battles extremely dark themes of death, love, suicide, finding meaning, and having the courage to keep going. This is no doubt one of the most meaningful books I have ever read, yet the meaning is never explicitly disclosed. Reading it truly is a journey, and is worth reflecting upon and discussing. Similarly to Foe, it has an enigmatic story line that is open to various interpretations. It does feature heavy topics however, and should be discussed sensitively.
And that’s all I have! I’ll be sure to make another post about this, as I have many more books that just HAVE to be spoken about with others. During times like this, joining an online book club and being part of a community can be so beneficial, and there really is no better time to do it 🙂