There’s nothing better than discussing a book you loved. (Well, except for maybe discussing a book you hated!) Either way, if you’re a book lover, then belonging to a book club feels like coming home. When I was living abroad in London, UK, I started the first chapter of the Girly Book Club (GBC) as a way to meet other women who shared my love of books. Twelve years later, there are now over 120 chapters of GBC across 15 countries—including more than 35 in Canada. (For now, we’ve taken GBC online; find a virtual meeting here.)
Suffice to say, over the past 12 years I’ve learned a thing or two about choosing a book that will get people talking. Here are 10 picks guaranteed to generate conversation at your next book club—or just enjoy on your own.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G.P Putnam’s Sons)
In my opinion, this was one of the best books of 2019, with good reason. Where the Crawdads Sing is set in 1969 outside a small town on the coast in North Carolina, and follows the life of Kya Clark, a.k.a. The Marsh Girl, who is suspected of murder after a local boy is found dead. In addition to the riveting plot and rich character development, Owens—an American wildlife scientist—also includes lots of fascinating details about local fauna and flora. I’m not the only one to love this book: it was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and her production company, Hello Sunshine, is working on the film adaptation.
Conversation starter: Do you blame Kya’s mother for leaving, or did she do the right thing?