20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (2023)

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Let’s start off 2020 right with a selection of the best book club books. Some of these were published in late 2019, while some aren’t released yet, so they’re split into sections by publication date. Read up on some older recommendations for bonus ideas. If you’ve been struggling to find some good questions, we have ideas for that too.

Best Book Club Books: End of 2019

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (1)The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates’s debut novel mixes magical realism with historical fiction as it tells the story of Hiram Walker, who joins the underground railroad and then discovers he has a supernatural power called “conduction” that allows him to basically use water as a transporter. The narration seethes with atmosphere from the first page, as Coates tells a poignant fairy tale about shared memory and history.

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

Victor Tuchman is not a good person. Power-hungry and toxic, his impending death brings his dysfunctional family together. I loved Attenberg’s The Middlesteins and was awed by her ability to thoughtfully capture the dynamics of family anxiety; I’m hopeful that All This Could Be Yours will be packed with brilliant characters and witty insights.

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (2)Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Woodson’s latest is a sharp, vivid novel about family and class differences, specifically how those are affected by a teenage pregnancy. It moves between the stories of 16-year-old Melody and the family that surrounds her, including parents Iris and Aubrey as well as grandparents Sabe and Sammy Po’Boy. Woodson’s gorgeous storytelling will pull readers in immediately.

The Wagers by Sean Michaels

Theo Potiris is a struggling stand-up comic, stuck in a career rut and living his life according to the occasional horse bet. Set in a very well-rendered Montreal, the at-times dizzying prose jumps from ordinary literary fiction to strange, magical twists that readers are unlikely to see coming.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

I’ve already posted that this was my favourite book of 2019, but I also believe it will be amazing to discuss in a book club. There is a lot to content to break down in here: explorations of gender roles and marriage; a critique of societal expectations on women; characters who veer from unlikable to likable to unlikable again; realistic portrayals of anxiety and depression; online dating culture and more and more and more.

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (3)On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Vuong, a queer Vietnamese American poet, has written a heartbreaking observation on the complexities of families. Composed as a letter addressed to his single mother, it is a lyrical, taut portrait of generational trauma, abuse, and how we move through the world.


20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (4)A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (January 21, 2020)

Set in 1930s Spain, Roser and Victor flee to Chile to get away from Franco’s fascist regime. Their marriage is purely one of convenience, and their story is a multi-generational epic that follows the characters from Spain to France, Chile, Argentina, and eventually the United States. In addition to being well-researched historical fiction, it also parallels current issues.

The Circus by Jonas Karlsson (January 28, 2020)

You had me at: “It all started with the usual discussion: is it possible to be friends with someone who listens to Fix You by Coldplay?” I can really appreciate a book that fully embraces the weirdness of its characters, and Karlsson is a master of that sort of tomfoolery. The nameless narrator visits the circus with his childhood friend Magnus, who then disappears properly while volunteering for the magician’s vanishing act. Overall, this novella has a brisk, obvious absurdity that doesn’t so much flow as crash chapter to chapter.


20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (5)House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild (February 6, 2020)

One of many books on this list about dysfunctional families—c’mon, we all tend toward preferred themes. This satire focuses on a family of ridiculous English aristocrats and their once-impressive-but-now-decaying stately home.

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20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (6)Weather by Jenny Offill (February 11, 2020)

Set in post-Trump America, this is about the anxiety of an uncertain future in a divided world. The narrative follows librarian Lizzie Benson as she weaves through comedy and misery in relatable ways. If you like a slightly nonlinear dark comedy set in the modern world, then this novel will definitely make for engaging discussions about climate change, personal responsibility and anxiety.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (February 25, 2020)

Looking for a lighthearted read? Maybe something that will remind you all to live your best life? This is a charming, quirky story about aging and self-discovery, following a woman’s experiences across various decades and cultural trends. About to turn 19 on New Year’s Eve, Oona Lockhart suddenly and unexpectedly develops the ability to time-hop. It then occurs every New Year’s Eve, ripping her out of events in a sort of Groundhog Day loop affect.


20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (7)These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (March 3, 2020)

Card’s debut novel is about Stanford Solomon, who faked his own death 30 years ago before stealing his friend’s identity. After a lifetime of lying and hiding, Solomon moves into a care home and guess who turns out to be the nurse assigned to him? His daughter, Irene. (Cue scandalized screaming.) In summary, I’m ready for this story ASAP.

Then the Fish Swallowed Him by Amir Ahmadi Arian (March 24, 2020)

Yunus Turabi is a bus driver, living an ordinary life in Iran until a violent bus strike moves him to action. Yanus is detained by police and brought to a jail for political insurgents, then faces off against investigator Hajj Saeed. Admadi Arian is a prolific writer in both Persian and English, but there is a lot of buzz about this, his first novel written in English.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (March 24, 2020)

In the very anticipated follow up to Mandel’s Station Eleven, the story jumps from 1999 to the present day and follows Vincent, Paul, and Jonathan as they cope with moments of greed, guilt, ambition, and love. For the most part, the writing rambles along, slowly unveiling a constant, impending sense of dread.

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (8)The Mountains Sing by Que Mai Phan Nguyen (March 17, 2020)

A fictional account of the real experiences from Vietnamese people who lived through the Vietnam War. Told from the alternating perspective of a teenage girl, Ha Noi, and her grandmother Tran Dieu Lan. Flowing across multiple generations of the Tran family, it offers a glimpse of coping with war and the continuing aftereffects.

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The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (April 7, 2020)

Described as a story about “falling in friendship”, it tells the story of how a single petty Tweet can create a rift between two musicians. When Neela’s song is covered by rising internet artist Rukmini, the women bond intensely. Unfortunately, as only one of them succeeds, the other grows frustrated and lashes out.

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (9)Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (April 14, 2020)

Originally published in Korea back in 2016, this novel is famous for inspiring an essential feminist movement. Kim Jiyoung is raising her young daughter in Seoul when she develops an eerie tick and begins impersonating the voices of other women. Can her strange ailment be cured?

Best Book Club Books: Nonfiction

20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (10)Over the Top By Jonathan Van Ness

I suspect you will want to read this because Van Ness has stolen everyone’s hearts and minds, and therefore we are helpless against any and all charms thrown our way. This memoir digs into the experiences that helped Van Ness become a self-love guru.

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Written as letters to her very young daughters, these pages offer up hilarious, honest life advice. And, if you enjoy Wong’s deliciously blunt stand-up, you will love these raunchy, witty stories about growing up, discrimination, parenting, and sex.

The Witches Are Coming20 Of The Best Book Club Books For 2020 | Book Riot (11) by Lindy West

West’s latest is a collection of cultural criticisms that will make for some great discussions. Topics for analyses include Trump, Adam Sandler, teen movies, and more. As always, her writing mixes humour with scorched-earth frankness, so get a notebook ready to jot down comments as you read.

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What are book clubs reading right now? ›

  • Where the Crawdads Sing. by , Delia Owens and None. ...
  • Educated: A Memoir. by Tara Westover. ...
  • The Vanishing Half: A Novel. by Bennett Brit. ...
  • The Midnight Library: A Novel. by Matt Haig. ...
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel. by Taylor Jenkins Reid. ...
  • The Silent Patient. ...
  • Verity. ...
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel.

What is the best novel under 200 pages? ›

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  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe... Shirley Jackson and Thomas Ott. ...
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. ...
  • Sula. Toni Morrison. ...
  • A Room with a View. ...
  • Our Souls at Night. ...
  • Of Mice and Men. ...
  • Old Man and the Sea. ...
  • The Metamorphosis.

What are the most popular book clubs? ›

Celebrity book clubs
  • Reese's Book Club. 📚 Previous picks: The Guest List, Such a Fun Age, The Proposal. ...
  • Between Two Books. 📚 Previous picks: The Marriage Plot, The Goldfinch, Their Eyes Were Watching God. ...
  • Belletrist. ...
  • Read with Jenna. ...
  • Poppy Loves Book Club. ...
  • Silent Book Club. ...
  • Book of the Month. ...
  • Rebel Book Club.
9 Feb 2021

What is the most read book in 2022? ›

  • It Ends with Us: A Novel (1) 194,005. ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. 364,154. ...
  • Verity. 187,237. ...
  • It Starts with Us: A Novel (It Ends with Us) 42,566. ...
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. 88,189. ...
  • Reminders of Him: A Novel. 168,025. ...
  • Ugly Love: A Novel. 92,246. ...
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel.

What is the most bought book in 2022? ›

Top 10 Selling Books, 2022 Year-to-Date
1It Ends With UsColleen Hoover
2Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens
3VerityColleen Hoover
4Ugly LoveColleen Hoover
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What is Oprah's current book club selection? ›

What is Oprah's latest book club pick? Oprah's latest book club pick is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. She selected it in October 2022.

What people Are reading 2022? ›

Young Adult. Young adults have the biggest market, as young people now know the value of reading as a pastime and an escape from reality. It is still popular among young adults going into 2022. The top genres here include sci-fi, fantasy, and romance.

What is the No 1 novel? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheCrime, Thriller & Adventure
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsChildren's Fiction
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneChildren's Fiction
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixChildren's Fiction
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What is the most impressive book to read? ›

The Greatest Books of All Time
  1. 1 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...
  2. 2 . Ulysses by James Joyce. ...
  3. 3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...
  4. 4 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  8. 8 .

What is the most read book ever? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What are women's book clubs reading? ›

Ladies Book Club Books
  • A Man Called Ove (Hardcover) ...
  • All the Light We Cannot See (Hardcover) ...
  • Educated (Hardcover) ...
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hardcover) ...
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Hardcover) ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (ebook) ...
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Paperback) ...
  • Big Little Lies (Paperback)

What is 2022 book of the Year? ›

Girls in Boys' Cars by Felicity Castagna.

What are the current top 10 fiction books? ›

  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan. ...
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. ...
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. ...
  • Long Shadows by David Baldacci. ...
  • The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy. ...
  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. ...
  • The Cloisters by Katy Hays. ...
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover.
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What is the #1 sold book of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

What is the number 1 most sold book? ›

The Bible. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, having sold around 5 billion copies to date. The book had several authors and can be roughly divided into two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament.

What is the number 1 best-selling book series? ›

Best Selling Book Series
RankBook SeriesApproximate Sales
1Harry Potter510 million
2Goosebumps350 million
3Perry Mason300 million
4Berenstain Bears260 million
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What is the highest rated novel on Goodreads? ›

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

With nearly 8 million ratings, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is the most popular book of all time on Goodreads and has sold over 120 million copies.

What's on the bestseller list right now? ›

Hardcover Fiction
  • 5 weeks on the list. THE BOYS FROM BILOXI. by John Grisham. ...
  • New this week. THE LOST METAL. by Brandon Sanderson. ...
  • 11 weeks on the list. FAIRY TALE. by Stephen King. ...
  • 2 weeks on the list. DESERT STAR. by Michael Connelly. ...
  • 9 weeks on the list. DREAMLAND. by Nicholas Sparks.

What is Jenna's book pick for April 2022? ›

The April 2022 Read With Jenna book club pick is "Memphis" by Tara M. Stringfellow.

What sheets does Oprah sleep? ›

Oprah loves the Cozy Earth bamboo sheet set for its soft comfort and breathable, moisture-wicking fabric.

Does Oprah still have a book club in 2022? ›

Stay up-to-date with all of the Oprah's Book Club picks, and the conversations around these exceptional books.

Who is the most popular author 2022? ›

popularity is the % of people who have a positive opinion of a contemporary fiction writer. Find out more
  • 1 Stephen King67%
  • 2 Stan Lee56%
  • 3 J. K. Rowling55%
  • 4 John Grisham48%
  • 5 R. L. Stine45%
  • 6 James Patterson44%
  • 7 Anne Rice41%
  • 8 Dean Koontz39%

What should I read in 2022 non-fiction? ›

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2022 (So Far)
  • Dickens and Prince, by Nick Hornby. Now 22% off. ...
  • Because Our Fathers Lied, by Craig McNamara. Now 22% off. ...
  • Raising Lazarus, by Beth Macy. ...
  • Fight Like Hell, by Kim Kelly. ...
  • Phasers on Stun!, ...
  • Year of the Tiger, by Alice Wong. ...
  • Fen, Bog & Swamp, by Annie Proulx. ...
  • Butts, by Heather Radke.
16 Nov 2022

What is one book that everyone should read? ›

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank. "1984" by George Orwell. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling.

Which is the best-selling book of all time answer? ›

Guinness World Records estimates that over five billion copies of the Bible have been sold, making it the best-selling book of all time.

Which is the most useful book? ›

The 6 Most Useful Books I've Ever Read
  • Contents.
  • The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts.
  • Getting More by Stuart Diamond.
  • Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann.
  • The Propaganda Techniques by Ponk Vonsydow.
  • The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy! by Robert A. Glover.

What is the name of 10 famous book? ›

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

What is the most selling book? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

What is the top 10 most read books in the world? ›

We've got a list of the most read books in the world of all time.
  • The Holy Bible.
  • The Holy Quran.
  • The Harry Potter Series: J.K. Rowling.
  • The Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
  • The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Alchemist.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Frank.
  • The Twilight SagA: Stephenie Meyer.
24 Mar 2021

Which is the 2nd most read book in the world? ›

The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold. The second most read book in the world is the Holy Quran.

What are the top five selling books of all time? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

Who is the most widely read of all authors? ›

According to a recent study conducted by Harper Collins, Christie has sold more than 1 billion copies in the English language alone. Her books have been translated into more than 100 languages and an estimated number of 32 million Americans have read at least one of Agatha Christie's books.

Who is the most followed reviewer on Goodreads? ›

Emily May. GR World Popularity Rank: #1. Emily May just might be the unofficial Queen of Goodreads.

Who is the most followed author on Goodreads? ›

First of all, I looked at the list of authors who are the most followed on Goodreads.
  1. 1 – John Green. Is John Green who you expected to see at the top of this list?
  2. 2 – Stephen King. ...
  3. 3 – Veronica Roth. ...
  4. 4 – Kazuo Ishiguro. ...
  5. 5 – Sarah J. ...
  6. 6 – Leigh Bardugo. ...
  7. 7 – Brit Bennett. ...
  8. 8 – Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ...
16 Nov 2021

What is Reese Witherspoon's book of the month? ›

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed is Reese Witherspoon's November 2022 book club pick.

What is the midnight library all about? ›

Matt Haig's unique novel The Midnight Library ponders the infinite possibilities of life. It is about a young woman named Nora Seed, who lives a monotonous, ordinary life and feels unwanted and unaccomplished. One night, her despair reaches a peak and she commits suicide.

What is the message behind the midnight library? ›

Matt Haig's latest book, 'The Midnight Library,' discusses the potential lives every human can experience depending on the choices they make in the present. Somewhere between life and death, Nora Seed finds herself wandering the marble hallways of a never-ending library; “The Midnight Library.”

What level reading is lunch lady? ›

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What is Megan reading? ›

Megan Reading (MPH, CHES) is coordinator of the Wisconsin HIV Training System. She works with the State of Wisconsin HIV Program to provide statewide training opportunities for HIV prevention and care service providers, local public health providers, HIV case managers, and others committed to HIV.

What is the theme for reading Month 2022? ›

The theme of 27th National Reading Day 2022 is “Read and Grow”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the 22nd National Reading Month Celebrations on 19th June 2017.

What is the theme for book Week this year 2022? ›

The theme for Book Week 2022 is Dreaming With Eyes Open… Book Week 2022 will run from August 20-26. Jasmine Seymour, illustrator of Baby Business, which won the CBCA Award for New Illustrator in 2020, will be designing the official artwork. The artwork and the theme were announced by CBCA with a video.

What People Are reading 2022? ›

Young Adult. Young adults have the biggest market, as young people now know the value of reading as a pastime and an escape from reality. It is still popular among young adults going into 2022. The top genres here include sci-fi, fantasy, and romance.

What is Oprah's latest book club pick? ›

This epic tale by one of our most revered authors follows the title character and the overwhelming obstacles he navigates in a community upended by the opioid crisis. Demon Copperhead re-envisions the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield, setting it in modern-day Appalachia.

What are the big themes for 2022? ›

The Big Picture: Key Themes for 2022
  • CHINA 3.0. ...

What is the theme for World Book Day 2023? ›

The theme for this World Book Day follows the message "You Are a Reader," and there will be a focus on reaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The World Book Day organisation will be working with schools and nurseries to distribute gift vouchers to ensure that all children can have a book of their own.

What is a good quote for reading? ›

Famous Quotes About Reading
  • “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . ...
  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. ...
  • “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ...
  • “I find television very educating. ...
  • “Classic' – a book which people praise and don't read.”
1 Mar 2021

What types of books are popular in 2022? ›

Here are some fiction genres that will continue to be popular throughout 2022:
  • Romance. The genre of romance is a popular one, with its readership loyal to the core. ...
  • Children's. ...
  • Thriller: Suspense & Mystery. ...
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction. ...
  • Young Adult. ...
  • Find Your Next Read.
18 Mar 2022

What is the number 1 selling book? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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