What are the best books for book clubs?

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    #1The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Albert Kelley
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Book Theif is a New York Times bestseller and an excellent choice for any book club. This may be a difficult read for young adults but adults should have no problem cruising through this one. Very hard book to put down and is a great story about having hope."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    James Wright
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Greatest book of all times, I remember reading this in highschool Love it."
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    #3The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Joan Martin
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I like The Hunger Games. I have truly read and re-read this initial book. I see The Hunger Games as a dogma people should acknowledge when evaluating lawmakers. I consider The Hunger Games a fav. "
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    #4A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 

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    Kevin Bowman
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is awesome. I have read it last year. The story presented in the book is very encouraging and play an important role in building one's confidence. The story shows how to overcome hard situation and fight in life in order to be successful. "
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    #5The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Magdalena Paredes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great book, very memorable psychological thriller about children who grow up with mentally disturbed parents and the horrors they encounter and go through while growing up. Their father is the town drunk. The author writes very interestingly and believably even when describing things that are hard to believe. Will definitely read more of their books inthe future."
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    #6Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.

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    Lauren Little
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Great storyline. it looks good."
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    #7My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.

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    Lorenzo Mondragón
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Definitely a good choice for a book club discussion. There's a lot to talk about. There's a lot of drama in the book, and moreso a lot of tough decisions, which people could easily be on different sides of. I think there's even a version of it that has some book club discussion questions included in the back. You could really learn a lot about yourself and your club members by having discussions about this book."
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    #8The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Gilberto Alvarado
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great read for those who might have mental issues of some degree but feel they're still capable as other, if not better, at doing their own research to a crime or wrong doing. "
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    #9The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible
    The Poisonwood Bible written by Barbara Kingsolver is a historical fiction in piles of classic literature. The story involves an unexpected embark of a family in a mission to Belgian Congo.

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    Diane Hansen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I recommend The Poisonwood Bible to my book clubs just recently. I liked that we all found it interesting and thought-provoking. I think we spent about a few meetings discussing the context of The Poisonwood Bible. I know I have read and re-read The Poisonwood Bible and plan to do so in the near future. I expect The Poisonwood Bible to be the best book for book clubs."
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    #10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Mark Ray
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "When I read that the book was about a computer hacker, I expected to find some interesting information about how the hacker's mind works and how the hacking is done. I admire the intellectual capacity of a person who understands computers that well, but I would like the hacker to use his/her abilities for good purposes. When there are such graphic descriptions of extreme violence in a book, the description of the book should state this so that a reader will be informed before making his/her decision about reading the book. I have to wonder why the author felt it necessary to go into such detail on the violence."
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    #11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a historical fiction novel by Lisa See, which tells the story of Lily, who was paired with Snow Flower as her "laotong that is set in the 19th century in China. 
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    Eduardo Velázquez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "What an incredible read! I was very skeptical of bringing this book to my book club but we were all engrossed by the story. By the end of our discussion sessions, we were all raving about this story and would absolutely recommend it to others. "
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    #12Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key is a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay which is about the life of 10-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and then after 60 years, journalist Julia Jarmond unearths Sarah's story.

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    Susan Freeman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Sarah's Key is a book based on historical events during World War II that follows a young Jewish girl. Written by bestselling author Tatiana de Rosnay, the novel has also been made into a major film."
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    #13Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Manuel Quintana
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a story everyone should read. It tells the struggles of a young girl dealing with so much hardship around her. It is a nasty part of history and this book puts you in that mood of fear and in the mindset of a young girl among people hiding from Nazis."
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    #14Room

    Room

    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 

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    Maricela Palma
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "An amazingly emotional book. It will take readers on a ride they might not want to go on. If you are looking for an emotional journey for your book club, this could be it."
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    #15Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.

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    Stephen Gonzales
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I have read about half of this book so far. I am really enjoying the story."
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    #16Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Rebecca Hart
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Eat Pray Love changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering readers to search for their own best selves. The book now returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition. Wonderful book for anyone."
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    #17The Red Tent

    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent is a historical fiction novel written by Anita Diamant which is about the life of Jacob's daughter named Dinah revealing the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood. 
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    Doris Lane
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "If you're looking for a great historical fiction, The Red Tent is exactly what you need. This novel would be an excellent choice for a book club with all of the great content and plot lines. I've never been disappointed with Anita Diamant's books before and this was definitely one of my top favorites. This would be a great pick for a ladies book club or any book club for that matter. "
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    #181984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Kenneth Harris
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "1984 is a very well known dystopian future novel. This is one that is extremely common amongst school reading lists, and would likely be right at home in any book club reading popular classics. Some might find this too well known, and may have already read it, but it is still a great choice and a classic novel."
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    #19Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 
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    Mildred Cole
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "You can't go wrong with book clubs and Jane Austen. There are very few stories that can compare to Pride and Prejudice and reader's love of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It's considered a classic for a reason, and should be re-read ever few years."
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    #20Three Junes

    Three Junes

    Three Junes is a standalone fiction novel written by Julia Glass which centers on the lives of a Scottish family as they handle the joys, fulfillment, and betrayals of love. 

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    Juan Antonio Gálvez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Would you like to read one of the best books for book clubs? Look no further than Three Junes, a fantastic novel by Julia Glass. This is a great romance story that keeps you enthralled and curious to find out what is going to happen next."
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    #21Runaway Horses

    Runaway Horses

    Runaway Horses is a fiction novel written by Yukio Mishima. This book's original title was Honba and it was first published in 1969. It has an English version translated by Michael Gallagher.

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    Virginia Willis
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Well I guess we will give this a shot. I'm very wishy washy but it doesn't hurt to try."
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    #22State of Wonder

    State of Wonder

    State of Wonder is a contemporary fiction written by Ann Patchett, listed as a New York Times bestselling author. With over 300 pages, this novel is published in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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Best What are the best books for book clubs
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1The Book ThiefBooks 40 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 35 Paid
3The Hunger GamesBooks 33 Paid
4A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 33 Paid
5The Glass CastleBooks 31 Paid
6Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 29 Paid
7My Sister's KeeperBooks 26 Paid
8The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 24 Paid
9The Poisonwood BibleBooks 22 Paid
10The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 20 Paid
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