What makes a good book group read?
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Hint: It’s not about trying to make sure everyone will like the book. What’s more important for good book club books is discuss-ability—are there topics in the book that will ignite great conversation? That’s the goal. You want something readable, but with depth; relatable in some way, but also expansive. Something that makes you think, but doesn’t make your head hurt trying to decipher what it all means. And let’s face it, something that’s not a two-inch thick doorstop. Keeping that in mind, here are some suggestions for book club books. Plus, check out our comprehensive guide for how to start a book club.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
A charismatic Pakistani man meets with a mysterious American stranger in a café in Lahore. The entire novel is this conversation, which covers the narrator’s complicated past. The ending is a doozy, guaranteed to trigger intense discussion.