Book Club Suggestions

Instructor: Jenifer Powell
Book clubs offer the opportunity to discuss a variety of literature among peers. Read on for some fun examples of striking novels that are sure to foster a plethora of compelling conversations.

Worthy Reads for Book Clubs

When choosing a book for your book club, you'll want to pick something that can inspire a great discussion among you and your peers. For examples and ideas of various books that can inspire a great conversation, take a look at the list of worthy reads below. We've also included links to some of our resources that offer in-depth analysis of the books and authors we've chosen. You can even use questions from the corresponding quiz to jump-start your book club discussion!

1. ''Gulliver's Travels'' by Jonathan Swift

The classic story Gulliver's Travels, written in 1726, follows the many adventures of a crew surgeon and sea captain, Lemuel Gulliver. After an unfortunate shipwreck, the traveler finds himself stranded on an island where he encounters a variety of strange, unfathomable creatures and peoples. Gulliver's life-changing experiences leave the protagonist unable to cope with English society, while the reader wonders if his adventures were real or imagined.

2. ''Pride and Prejudice'' by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's clever writing style is the driving force in this tale of family loyalty and societal obligations. In Pride and Prejudice, the narrative follows the witty protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, as she experiences the social world around her, but her emotions are thrown into turmoil when she meets Mr. Darcy.

3. ''Beloved'' by Toni Morrison

Beloved, first published in 1987, takes place in 1873 and follows Sethe as she struggles to escape the ghosts of her past. The book was inspired by the true events of Margaret Garner's life of slavery. She's acted violently in the past to save someone she loved, but was she too drastic? The psychological repercussions of Sethe's trauma not only haunt the protagonist but the reader as well.

4. ''Brave New World'' by Aldous Huxley

Huxley's classic dystopian novel explores what it means to be human. In this society, people are born in laboratories, fed drugs to remain happy, and expected, if not encouraged, to maintain a habit of promiscuity. Protagonist Bernard begins to challenge the conformity in his social world and its controlling system of government.

5. ''Salem Falls'' by Jodi Picoult

Salem Falls takes The Crucible and twists it around into a modern mystery novel. Jack St. Bride's teaching career has been crushed by the accusations of young girl at his school. After serving his time, he wanders into Salem Falls hoping to erase his shameful past, finding love along the way. If only there weren't new accusations.

6. ''Frankenstein'' by Mary Shelley

Shelley's timeless horror, Frankenstein challenges the sudden advancements of science and where they might lead. Following the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his monster creation, the story contemplates what it means to be human. This classic horror serves as a simultaneous tragedy exploring the question in regards to scientific progression: Just because we can, should we?

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