Book Club Reading Recommendations

Lists by Group Preferences

Book club selections are important, but with so many books available and different kinds of groups, how can you be sure a recommendation is right for your book club? These recommendation lists include descriptions of what type of group would enjoy the books.

One Year Book Club Reading List

Dell Publishing

If your book club enjoys reading a variety of popular books, both fiction and nonfiction, try this one year book club reading list. This is a sample of some of the books that have taken off with book clubs over the past few years.

Oprah's Book Club Selections

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. HarperCollins

Oprah Winfrey took book clubs to a new level when she started Oprah's Book Club in 1996. Since then, she has featured more than 60 books in her club and on her talk show. Oprah's Book Club selections range from light fiction to classics to memoirs. If you value Oprah's opinion or want to read books that many others have also read, check out this complete list of Oprah's Book Club selections.

Classic Literature

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Harper Perennial

A book club is a great place to catch up on reading the classic literature you were supposed to read in high school or college. Confession: I made it out of high school and college with a degree in English and was never assigned To Kill a Mockingbird! I read it for the first time with my book club. If your book club wants to delve into some classics, check out these books from a high school summer reading list.


The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper. Simon & Schuster

While many book clubs focus on fiction, memoirs can be an entertaining way to learn about people or historical events. Whether your book club wants a change of pace or decides to read nonfiction for a season, these inspirational memoirs are a good place to start.

Book Selections by Season

Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky. Knopf

Some books have a setting or tone that matches a season. If you have a specific month when you are in charge of your book club selection, try choosing a book that will highlight the time of year.

Recommendations for Christian Book Clubs

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Baker Publishing Group

Sometimes people have asked me for books that will help them discuss how life and faith intersect. This list of Christian book club recommendations includes fiction and nonfiction books that Christian groups might enjoy discussing.