Book Club Ready Reads
December 21, 2020
Running a successful book club can be a walk in the park if you’ve had some experience, but hosting a virtual book club presents its unique challenges. How do you facilitate group engagement? How do you keep everyone interested and accountable? How do you avoid off-topic conversations? The key to making any book club a total hit is selecting a book that inspires thought-provoking discussion.
Whether you’re new to participating in a book club or you’re a seasoned vet, choosing the right book always seems a little daunting. So to make things easier, we’ve put together a few tips to help you identify some great book club reads.
One of the most challenging tasks within any book club is picking a title that heeds meaningful discussion. Make things a little easier on your group by choosing titles that offer additional resources. You might be surprised to find that many authors have already done the leg work for you. Do a quick check by flipping through the back few pages of the book; many novels contain a reading guide that can serve as prompts for discussion. Alternatively, try doing a quick online search of the book. Sometimes authors will provide additional material online. These resources can help keep everyone focused, especially if your group struggles to stay on topic.
Check out one of our favourites here.
This profound and emotional story follows the lives and hardships of two ill-fated lovers during the Korean War. Told in alternating viewpoints, If You Leave Me is a heart wrenching, literary masterpiece whose characters stay with you long after the book ends. Follow along with the reading guide at the back of the book to help spark discussion and encourage deeper thinking about the pressures of cultural change.
Page count… counts!
The holidays are a busy time of year, and while most of us plan to read more during this time, it usually ends up being the opposite. To keep your group engaged, choose a lighter book, so everyone has time to finish it. In our experience, a page count of 300 seems to be a sweet spot for most readers. It’s lengthy enough for the plot to develop but short enough to hold everyone’s attention.
Check out one of our favourite quick-reads here.
This riveting novel of marriage and deceit follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily. The story unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller as lies and infidelities begin to resurface. Just shy of 300 pages, Siracusa lends itself to the perfect bookclub read for busy holiday schedules.
When in doubt, keep it classic
Picking a title can be a piece of cake if everyone in your book club gravitates toward the same genre, but what if you share different interests? If you’re having difficulty agreeing on a genre, opt for a literary classic. With timeless themes and familiar characters, classic novels are a tried and true choice for fostering lively discussion.
Here is one of our favourite go-to classics.
Best known for her profoundly engaging narrative, Charlotte Bronte continues to inspire readers in this timeless masterpiece about love, family and independence. The story follows a passionate romance as Jane becomes infatuated with her employer, Mr. Rochester. Recognized for its complex character development, Jane Eyre serves as a rich literary pick for any book club.
We know that running a book club is no easy task, but Book Outlet has you covered! Browse our huge selection of discounted books to find perfect book club reads to share with your friends. Leave a comment below if you have any other book club recommendations; we’d love to hear from you.
Happy holiday reading!
The Book Outlet Team