To continue our awesome Book Club Week, we are going to do some short reviews of our favorite books we’ve read for our Booze & Book Club. We highly recommend any of these for your next book club if you haven’t read them already. If you too want to start a book club check out our previous two articles: 5 Essentials of a Perfect Book Club and 5 Ways.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This was our first book club book and one of our absolute favorites. If you haven’t read this amazing novel about the journey of Hazel and Augustus, two teenagers finding love among the tragedy of cancer, then you are in for an absolute treat. The Fault in Our Stars had mass appeal and the perfect balance for all the different types of readers in our book club. For those that didn’t read a ton before we started the club, it was a gripping and relatable story that was easy to get through in only a couple of days–YA novels are great for that. For those literary buffs in our circle of friends, The Fault in Our Stars contains beautiful, well-constructed prose and plenty of juicy literary allusions to comb through. If you haven’t read anything by the great and powerful John Green, boy, do you have a lovely journey ahead of you 🙂
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
What a magical world, Morgenstern has created with this captivating stand-alone fantasy novel. This novel follows the development of two young magicians forced to compete against each other in an epic battle. Their weapon: magic, of course. Their arena: the night circus, a magical circus that pops up unannounced and opens at dusk. Our book club had an amazing time working with the circus theme for decorations. This book also had probably the easily themed food and drinks because of Morgenstern’s mouth-watering descriptions peppered throughout the book (caramel apples, cinnamon twists, or chocolate mice anyone?). Stay tuned for Sarah’s full write-up on hosting a Night Circus Book Club.
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
We were big fans of Amy Poehler already, so when her memoir came out it was a no-brainer that we would do a book club for Yes, Please. For this book we went with a breakfast theme a la Leslie Knope (waffles for the win!). We loved getting to know Amy Poehler better and were unbelievably impressed with her as a writer. I know for me, I get wrapped up in how much of a performance comedy is, and sometimes forget how many comedians are truly writers first and performers second. We also had a wonderful discussion over her memoir, and loved picking out our favorite quotes and chapters. One of my favorite topics of conversations was her passage, “Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.” I loved this idea, and we went around as a group and discussed what we believed our currency was for others. It was an awesome way to get closer as a group and celebrate all that was Poehler!
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
This is still one of my favorite books we’ve ever read. This was easily our best discussion as a group because of the range of topics discussed in Moran’s memoir. Moran’s writing is scathing humorous and unabashedly honest in this glorious memoir on her feminist journey. I personally don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at any book let alone been so enthralled with a memoir (I’m more of a fiction gal myself). With topics ranging from puberty to personal maintenance to weight to sexism to aging, Moran tells her story of the different stages of her understanding of feminism and its place in her life. Although feminism is still an “f-word” in some circles, Moran demystifies the word and gives all her readers valuable and beautifully irreverent guidance for tackling all parts of being a woman.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
This one hit a little close to home for most people in our book club. This beautiful, multiple-perspective novel follows a group of gifted students who all go to the same summer camp. It then follows them into their adult life where many of the characters are grappling with the loss of their talent and dreams in the wake of the complexity of adulthood. One of the major themes of the novels is the disillusionment of adulthood and the consequences of peaking early. Although this was one that was difficult to get through for some of our book club, we still really enjoyed discussing the different characters and their fates throughout the novel. Our friend Jamie hosted, and she did a gorgeous job of creating the tile coasters to all fit together to make the cover of the book.
What does your book club read? What other books would you suggest for our club to read?
Lit & Love,