Book Club Favorites

By Karen White Reads

By Karen White Reads

I'm in two bookclubs that read mostly commercial fiction with the occasional memoir thrown in. Every title on this list made for a rambunctious and/or thoughtful discussion.

Daisy Jones & the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

$27.00 $24.30

Half of us listened and half read the hardback. All of us asked the question at some point during the read, "Am I remembering wrong or was this a real band?"

Sugar Run (General)

Mesha Maren

$26.95 $24.26

Not a happy read but a well penned glimpse into the challenges of life in Appalachia went you don't fit in.

The Paragon Hotel

Lyndsay Faye

$26.00 $23.40

This was a love/hate sitch for our group. I'm a huge fan of Faye's writing but some found it too verbose.

Normal People

Sally Rooney

$26.00 $23.40

Read it before you watch it on Hulu!

Longbourn

Jo Baker

$16.95 $15.59

I love books that drench you in details of what it was like to live in historic times - that plus the Pride & Prejudice connection makes for a winner

Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

$29.99 $26.99

My new favorite Barbara Kingsolver (previous was The Poisonwood Bible).

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win

Jo Piazza

$26.00 $23.40

A good jumping off point to talk about the current political landscape as well as work/life balance for women

The Wife

Meg Wolitzer

$16.00 $14.72

Sometimes we like to read the book and watch the movie. This was a good one for that!

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

Tayari Jones

$16.95 $15.59

Beautifully written, wrenching, lots to discuss

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

$17.00 $15.64

Discussions of class in America and what it means to be a good parent

The Leavers

Lisa Ko

$15.95 $14.67

The shifting POVs of this book add to the discussability. Lots of strong opinions about mothers' choices in this one.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah

$18.00 $16.56

Eye opening and hilarious. Best consumed with his HBO special!

This Is How It Always Is

Laurie Frankel

$16.99 $15.63

Huge discussions about parenting and choices ensued...

The Story of Land and Sea

Katy Simpson Smith

$15.99

A beautiful book you've probably never heard of. So glad author Taylor Brown recommended this to us.

The Almost Sisters

Joshilyn Jackson

$15.99 $14.71

I'll read anything Joshilyn Jackson writes but this was particularly fun to talk about. I especially loved how Jackson crawl into the mind of a graphic novel artist.

To the Bright Edge of the World

Eowyn Ivey

$16.99 $15.63

The question is: will this make you want to go to Alaska? Or stay far, far away? Either way, read this book! Also, her first novel, The Snow Child.

The Mothers

Brit Bennett

$16.00 $14.72

Heartbreaking, but not unnecessarily so.

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

$27.95 $25.16

So much to talk about. Whitehead takes you by the hand and drags you through an ugly history with sly irreverence.

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

$16.99 $15.63

Such good conversations about siblings

Fallen Land

Taylor Brown

$15.99 $14.71