Tips on how to pick books for your book club

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Now, when we are picking books for book clubs, the process might get more complicated because you are selecting the books for a group of people and not just you. So you have to choose the best books that will try to please most of the participants and not just you, so check out these tips on how to decide your next book club novel!

#1 Think about the time and length!

In theory, if people are part of a book club, they like to read! But this is not 100% for everybody since some people might want to join to start developing the reading habit! 

Do not make it too long nor too short around 300 to 400 pages seems to be a reasonable length for a book (an audiobook of 400 pages might be around 9 hours). If your book club is only avid readers and fast readers, you can include 500 to 600 pages (Around 15 hours).

#2 Define the tone of the book club! 

What do you want to accomplish? or what do the participants want to accomplish? Do they want to have fun or educate themselves? Are they looking to develop their analytical skills or looking to awake social consciousness? 

Ask your party about their intentions with the book club. Once you know this, they could pick what they want to read. 

#3 Pick the genres!

If you know the intention of your party, then you can try to curate the books for them (or do as step 4 says).

Young AdultGenre FictionSci-Fi/FantasyNon-fiction
Have Fun!xx
Feminism!xx
Queer Studies!xxxx
Race and ethnicity!xx
Society discussion!xxx
These are some recommendations; however, any book can fit in any of the categories

If you need to some help finding your picks for your book club, check out our Book Club section for some ideas!


The Push by Ashley Audrain

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Educated by Tara Westover

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

Love in the Lime of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Every Day by [David Levithan]
Every Day by david Levithan
(click on the image to get to the book)

#4 Selection process!

There are multiple ways to make the selection. You could:

  1. Come up with a list of books and make them vote.
    1. You can even make it fun! YOu can make blind dates with the books, so they pick from your selections.
  2. Ask them for suggestions on the themes, use their recommendations, and make them vote. (Democracy!)
    1. You can even use the list to set the order, so you read all the books recommended but one per month!
  3. Pick the book and have it as the only option (not recommended unless you don’t know the people)

If you follow this list, you would be on track to having a successful book club! Do not get overwhelmed trying to do everything! You can even ask for help and delegate or do it as a group! 

Maybe those are good options to learn more about how to run a book club. What do you think?

I hope you enjoy this list! I have added some books that go around book clubs!

The Bromance Book Club by [Lyssa Kay Adams]The Book Club: A Women's Fiction Novel about the Power of Friendship by [Mary Alice Monroe]The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel by [Grady Hendrix]The Break-Up Book Club by [Wendy Wax]
Some book club books (click on the image to get to the book)

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  1. Florence @ Miscellany Pages Avatar
    Florence @ Miscellany Pages

    I’ll definitely be using some of these suggestions for my book club! I especially like the recommendations for books about book clubs 📚❤️ X x x

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    1. Caesar H. Avatar

      Great to hear that is useful!! Sometimes they are good picks and they allow more like depth discussions

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  2. chelsea @ your bookish friend Avatar

    great post! can i suggest one on how to join a bookclub??? lol.

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    1. Caesar H. Avatar

      Hahaha I can totally do that! 👀👀👀 hahaha

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