Have you ever read a book and had the urge to discuss your thoughts? Maybe you are in disbelief at the bad decision a character just made. Perhaps the ending blew you away. You might even be interested in further reading on one of the themes in the book.
If that sounds like you, then we can totally relate. We will often arrange to read a book with each other, or another reader friend, knowing that we’ll have much to discuss throughout the novel and even more so once we turn that final page.
Reading with a friend, or a larger group such as work colleagues or a book club can add an extra dimension to your reading experience. Talking things through can change the way you feel about a character, an event or even the entire book!Reading with friends adds an extra dimension to the book. Talking things through can change… Click To Tweet
There is an infinite number of reasons why a book is perfect for discussion and thereby recommended to read as a group. We have compiled a list below of some of the books we recommended reading with at least one book buddy.
A Classic: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
“The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.”
Why it made the list: A timeless classic with themes that still ring true today.
Points for discussion: The American Dream, exploitation, poverty, immigration.
Historical Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
“Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.”
Why it made the list: A highly popular book from a best-selling author.
Points for discussion: Family relationships, World War II, sacrifice
A Book About Books: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
“Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. ”
Why it made the list: A warm and witty book with many discussable topics.
Points for discussion: Friendship, Grief, Pen Pals, overcoming adversity
Purchased by Hollywood: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
“Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project.”
Why it made the list: A popular international feel-good novel, optioned for film by Tristar.
Points for discussion: social behaviors, online dating, marriage.
Fiction Based on True Facts: The Wife, the Maid & the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
“One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast maid, indebted to the judge; and Ritzi, his showgirl mistress, willing to seize any chance to break out of the chorus line.”
Why it made the list: A favorite debut from 2014 that transports readers to 1930’s New York
Points for discussion: Research involved in fictionalizing a true story, the real case of Judge Joseph Crater, marriage, 1930’s New York
A Posthumous Biography: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.”
Why it made the list: A profoundly moving memoir that raises many questions.
Points for discussion: mortality, doctor/patient relationship, coming to terms with death and illness, overcoming fear.
A Popular Author: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
“It’s the early 1980s – the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to the Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. ”
Why it made the list: The mystery of the author. Despite being an award-winner of highly popular novels, Eugenides has published just 3 books in almost 25 years.
Points for discussion: Marriage, divorce, the meaning of life, great love stories, feminism
The Next Big Thing: The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
“Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times…and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenage son–the perfect family. But when gazing out her window one night, Anna sees something she shouldn’t. ”
Why it made the list: Following in the steps of Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors, the book world is certain that this January 2018 release will be “the next big thing”.
Points for discussion: What makes a “buzz” book, how big a part does marketing play in a book becoming popular, phobias, domestic suspense as a genre.
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Which books would you recommend for group reading? Have you read any of these that we listed above?
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