Share 9 Book Club Books that Celebrate the Pleasure of Reading Together

9 Book Club Books that Celebrate the Pleasure of Reading Together

Emma Volk is a summer intern at Touchstone, a imprint of Simon & Schuster. She studies English at Columbia University and is the Design Editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator. While classics like The Great Gatsby and The House of Mirth will always hold a special place in her heart and on her shelf, she also enjoys a range of modern and literary fiction.

The first book my book club read was A Mouse Called Wolf, a one-hundred-page paperback about a little mouse who learns he can sing. At the meeting, we ate Hershey’s kisses (Wolf’s favorite snack!) and earnestly discussed favorite characters. We were seven years old. This monthly mother-daughter book club was a fixture of my life for the next eleven years, and while the reading fare evolved drastically as time went on, the simple pleasures of tea, snacks, and chatting about a good book stayed the same. These nine books about book clubs are full of that same priceless camaraderie—make sure to have a friend on standby for some post-reading discussion and a hot mug of tea.

The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe’s frank and moving memoir documents how he and his mother formed an informal book club of two while she underwent treatment for cancer. It is a testament to the closeness between mother and son, and a loving tribute to the joy and comfort found in a good book.

The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler

In this smart social comedy, six friends meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. If you don’t consider yourself an Austenite already, you soon will—each friend’s love life parallels one of the novels they read and you’ll find yourself revisiting Austen’s classics to catch every last reference and in-joke.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer
Set in post–World War II England, this is the story of a young British author and an island community that formed a book club during the German occupation. Overflowing with warmth, humor, and charm, this novel is a poignant celebration of the power of the written word.

Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. Giving us a rare glimpse of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran, this luminous masterpiece is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

The Reading Group
by Elizabeth Noble

What begins as a casual reading group becomes a meaningful community for five women in very different stages of life. As the members of the group undergo everything from partners’ infidelity to midlife crises, Elizabeth Noble reveals that although many things in life can’t be counted on, good friends and good books always can be.

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Culled from Paula Huntley’s diary entries and e-mails during her eight-month stint as an English teacher in the former Yugoslavia following the Kosovo War of 1999, this is the account of a resilient group of young survivors who found hope through literature. This thought-provoking and touching memoir is a reminder of education’s mighty capacity to inspire ambition and change.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club
by Heather Vogel Frederick

This warmhearted novel will touch the hearts of daughters of all ages. When four sixth-grade girls and their mothers read Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women together, they discover the joys of friendship, family, and fiction and learn to navigate the struggles of girlhood.

The Accidental Book Club
by Jennifer Scott

Recently widowed Jean’s impromptu book club, started with a mismatched group of friends, was never meant to function as a support system. But when Jean’s already broken life is shaken up once more, it is the members of the book club who are there to help her reassemble the pieces.

The Naughty Girls Book Club
by Sophie Hart

A struggling book club’s reading list takes a turn for the scandalous in this saucy homage to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. Inspired by their sizzling reads, the group’s shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and discover new sides to themselves.

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