A few of my friends at the office office started a book club, and I figured it could be helpful to share our thoughts in hopes that you might pick one of these books for a book club, or just to read on your own.
It has been a great place to push ourselves to read things we might not normally pick (and of course drink some good wine).
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Becoming by Michelle Obama
While there are a few parts that aren’t as exciting, it isn’t because the stories are written poorly. All of us found different points in her life to be “most interesting” to us, and the spots I found a little lacking where perfect for others.
It’s a great read for all ages and backgrounds.
I read the hardcopy (which has a few pictures!), but she narrates the audiobook!
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
I wrote about this book in a separate post here – check it out! Spoiler alert: very insightful.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
This book was an exciting read because you’re given a snapshot of five years in the future at the beginning of the book and then you have to follow for those years to see how it comes about. There are many twists and turns (some predictable, some not) which make the read even more of a page turner.
I loved talking about this book with my book club friends throughout the month because we were all at different points in the book and our opinions of characters and situations kept changing based on how far along you were.
This was a fun read, but we all agreed that we wouldn’t be super keen on learning what was going to happen in five years.
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
This book was much more divisive than I had anticipated! I loved this book. I loved the characters, their journey’s, and their development. However, many fellow book clubbers commented that the story was a little predictable. While I’d agree, I think it’s so much more than that.
This book, oddly enough, reminded me quite a bit of Gilmore Girls because of the rebellion and mother-daughter relationship.
Where’d you Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This book, now a movie staring Cate Blanchette, was one we’d decided to read a long time ago. When we heard it was coming out as a movie, we wanted to – instead of doing “actual book club” – go see the movie together. Unfortunately the movie’s release date was pushed back a few times, but now that it is officially out we pulled the trigger.
This book was a fun read – light, interesting, and funny. There is a little learning curve because the book has no chapters – only fragments of stories, emails, and letters. Once you get the hang of it, though, it isn’t hard to follow.
We The Jury by Robert Rotstein
Each member of the jury, staff member, lawyer, etc., has their own voice and personality which brings a lot to each perspective.
This book is a little hard to get into, but it picks up. One quick note – I don’t recommend the audio version. It’s a much better read than listen.
I was on a jury a little bit ago, too!
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
We agreed that we would have likely never picked this book on our own, but Reese recommended it so we dove right in. I’m glad that we did because it was full of important topics and gave us a lot to discuss.
How would we have acted as the parent in this scenario?
We gave this four stars.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
I wrote about this book in a separate post on the blog here – check it out! Spoiler alert: this was a very divisive book.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This is a book about a woman dealing with trauma and growing into herself, not the “romantic comedy” you’re seemingly promised on the back cover.
It’s a hard one to read at times, but well worth it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Immortalists follow four siblings after their date of death is predicted. How do their lives change? How do they cope with this knowledge, if it even is true?
This book is by far the best book for discussion that we’ve chosen so far.
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I enjoyed this book because it was 1) good and 2) short. Sometimes books, mysteries and thrillers in particular, are long just to be long. I didn’t feel as if this book had any superfluous information or subplots I didn’t enjoy.
There are quite a few characters involved in this story and you get a fairly deep dive into each. I can’t say that I was surprised with the “whodunnit,” but the story takes you through quite a few twists and turns.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The characters were fairly interesting (with four best friends from high school that meet back up because a body has been found), but the story wrapped up very quickly.
We gave it 3 stars.
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