10 Books That Every Book Club Should Read

With all the great books there are out there to read, selecting your top book club picks might seem a little daunting at first, but don’t worry. we are here to get you started.

Here are 10 books that every book club should read — even including several that didn’t make Oprah’s list (but totally should have). Read and rejoice.


1. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams is a collection of essays that starts by exploring illness and injury from the perspective of a woman who worked as a medical actor — a job you probably didn’t even know existed until now — and broadens in scope to discuss everything from incarceration and street violence to international poverty; all while commenting on the purpose empathy serves within human connections and relationships. This one will leave your book club with lots to talk about. Read More
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2. A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is the kind of book that’ll leave you with more questions than answers — aka: the perfect book club read. The highly experimental, stream-of-consciousness prose focuses on a story of mental illness, depression, sexual violence, and domestic abuse, and is told from the changing perspectives of each of the book’s different characters. Read More
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3. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

This novel was absolutely can’t-put-it-down mesmerizing. Speculative fiction, with a little adventure and romance thrown in for good measure, The Museum of Extraordinary Things will take you and your book club on a journey to early 1900s New York, where a man named Professor Sardie grotesquely weaves together fantasy and reality, at great risk to those around him. Alice Hoffman also manages to weave in conversations about immigrant rights violations, union worker politics, science, murder, and magic. Read More
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