top 5 BC books

Opinion please – What’s the best part of a memorable book club meeting? The wine served or the book discussion generated? Be honest. A glass, or two, of a good wine may get a discussion flowing, but for me, a successful meeting comes down to how many different comments and viewpoints surfaced.

Thanks to many members of a variety of book clubs who completed a recent survey I fielded I’ve assembled a listing of 100 titles which these readers identified as having prompted the most discussion within their group. Some are recent releases and best sellers, others are older classics. Some are based in the US, others are from around the globe. There’s a variety of genres, from historical and literary fiction, to memoirs and biographies, to non-fiction and young adult. Only two authors appear more than once:  Kristin Hannah and Kate DiCamillo.

If you’re looking for suggestions for your club, or your own personal TBR pile, each title is linked to Amazon to read fuller reviews. Feel free to bookmark this page, share this list out to your entire group, or copy and paste the listing into your own handy word document. And, check out other tips for book clubs here: Book Clubs.

CODE for notations after titles:

* Starred titles are ones I’ve read on my own or with my group. Happy to share my thoughts on any of them. Leave a comment below. 


Most Mentioned Title:  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens*

While I enjoyed Crawdads, I’m a bit surprised it captured the most mentioned title. Apparently it’s being made into a movie, too. Always a good idea to read a book first and then see how well the adaption turns out. My book club has enjoyed several movie nights for favorite books. I also found many similarities between Crawdads and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (see below). Some spoilers in my notes on the parallels here: Parallel Lines.

Second Most Mentioned Title:  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins*

Controversy always spurs conversation and American Dirt provides plenty. I sat in on a Zoom author chat with Jeanine and am glad I did. She provided a personal perspective on the controversary which never came through in the press. More info on the Zoom chat and why I give Dirt five stars, here:  Bookmarked: Reviews Q2 2020

Tied for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Place:

Following titles were all mentioned twice and are listed alphabetically:


On overload yet? But, wait! There’s MORE!!!

Each of the next seventy-nine titles were mentioned once and are listed alphabetically. Which ones, based on the title alone, intrigues you to click and learn more? I mean, c’mon — Fruit of the Drunken Tree? Out Stealing Horses? I’m intrigued by those titles. Comment below. (I’m still struggling with a title for Eliza’s story. Titles are so important!)

WHEW!!! Half way through this list — 40 more great ones to go. So far, how many have you and/or your book club read? Comment below and share which ones prompted great discussions for your group.

I hope you find this list useful and your book club has many more great meetings filled with discussion, drink, and friendship. Don’t see a favorite a title on this list you recall was a great discussion for your group? I’m keeping the survey open to gather more titles and will update this list again when there’s another fifty more new ones mentioned.

Five Minute SURVEY – add your favorites to the list. 

And tell me – which one(s) are you going to suggest to your group?  Share and comment below. Happy Reading!


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