If you're looking for great book club books to read in 2020, I've got you covered! These book club picks will get everyone talking.
I am in the best book club! It was established in 2015, but I've only been a member for the past two years. It's my favorite social event every month, and the only social event that this introvert doesn't actually dread.
My favorite thing about my book club is that we always talk about the book. Some book clubs are little more than an excuse for women to get together and chat, which is fine if all you're looking for is a girls' night out. This, however, is not that kind of book club - we take our books seriously.
How My Book Club Works
This book club is a diverse group of women of varying ages, political/religious affiliations, and reading tastes. What we all have in common is a love of reading and discussing books. It's not an exclusive book club and we all regularly extend invitations to people, so the group often varies, but there is a core group of women that show up just about every month.
We take turns picking a book and hosting each month, and because of our diverse backgrounds and reading preferences, we usually end up reading a wide variety of books during the year. The person who picked the book is responsible for providing refreshments as well as leading the discussion.
The book club meets once a month on a weekday evening. From 8 to 8:30 PM we eat and chat, then at 8:30, the book discussion begins. Normally, we end by 10 PM and I'd say 85 to 90% of that time is spent actually discussing the book. We don't meet in July, and in December we have a party rather than a book discussion, so it amounts to 10 books read and discussed each year.
We do have one woman who operates as the de facto book club leader. She makes sure things are posted on the Facebook page and book club app, and keeps track of the monthly schedule and reading list. She's also so fantastic that every December she hosts the wonderful Book Club Potluck Dinner and book exchange. She also types up our yearly reading list and turns it into a bookmark for everyone each year. I credit her with our book club's success because without her planning and organizing abilities, the whole thing would likely fall apart.
Picking Good Books
In my book club, each month's host picks whatever book they want. Sometimes people will ask for opinions on certain books before we settle on one, but we don't have any specific guidelines. Overall, this makes for a fun and diverse year of reading.
However, it's definitely true that some books are better for a book club discussion than others. And, when you pick a great book club pick, it doesn't matter very much whether people actually like the book or not. A great book club book has the ability to get people thinking and talking. In fact, I've found that some of the best book club discussions we've ever had were about books that not everyone enjoyed.
The women in my book club do a good job of finding things to appreciate in a book even if they didn't like the book overall, so the discussion never gets too negative, even when it's a polarizing book. It's no fun to pick a book that everyone hates, so if you're worried about that in your club, it might help to set some ground rules for discussion so it stays productive.
The Best Book Club Books
To help you pick the best book club books, I've put together this list of fantastic books that will lead to great discussions. I chose the books that led to great discussions in my own book club. I also asked friends to send me their book club's favorite books. A few are just books I've read recently that I think could be the foundation for really good conversations.
I separated the books into two categories: Non-Fiction and Fiction so you can easily find what you're looking for.
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