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The best books for your book club

There are several reasons to join a book club. Some are interested in exchanging ideas about a book they have read, others want to break out of their usually preferred genre or, as in my case, simply read more books again, because the desire has been lost during their studies or work. What I love about my book club is the wide range of books we read. We haven't committed to any region, time or genre and thanks to the different backgrounds of the members, the exchange is really very exciting and instructive. After the conversation, I like some books even more than before, because you get new insights that you might not have come across on your own.
Here I have put together a list of books from different genres that are unspeakably well suited for discussion and broaden your horizons.

In this article:

The best detective novel for the book club

John le Carré is a master of crime and espionage novels. His third book "The Spy Who Came From the Cold" is set shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall and is about the head of the Berlin office of the British Secret Service, Alec Leamas. The story is written in a direct and captivating manner and does not require any unnecessary escapades or intrigues. Nevertheless, one is drawn into the spell from the beginning and one has the feeling of being in the middle of the Cold War. This book is particularly suitable for a book club, as the facets are only gradually revealed and you certainly won't recognize all the links on your own. Pure excitement!

"The spy who came out of the cold" by John le Carré - from 8.99 euros on Amazon *


The best non-fiction book for the book club

Surely many of us walk through the world with the assumption that we are tolerant, understanding, just, and mindful. At least that's how I would describe myself personally. After reading the book “Why I no longer talk to whites about skin color” by Reni Eddo-Lodge, I first had to swallow. Your book showed me once again how our political and cultural systems are permeated by racism and how even supposedly tolerant people tend to discriminate. Her writing style is very personal, direct and understandable and you can put yourself in her skin very well. In a book club in particular, you can very well discover your own actions and give each other tips and assistance on what you could do better. Absolute recommendation - not only for book clubs.

"Why I no longer talk to white people about skin color" by Reni Eddo-Lodge - from 13.99 euros *


Contemporary literature for the book club

Mohsin Hamid's “Exit West” couldn't be more at the heart of the times. The fictional story tells of the life of Nadia and Saeed, who have to flee their Muslim homeland and become migrants in foreign countries. Actually, they just want to be safe and have their families around, but they struggle with fear and loneliness. Even if the book has imaginative aspects, it is a very precise description of our time today. Suffering, hope, xenophobia and togetherness are described in poetic and catchy language. Contemporary literature in particular offers every book club member the opportunity to present their own experiences and insights. In this way you get to know each other again and more intensively as a group.

"Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid - from 8.99 euros on Amazon *


Classic books for the book club

Many classics are still relevant today. It is no different with the book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. It is about four ambitious sisters who grew up in the middle of the 19th century and tried to live up to their mother's example. The book is very autobiographical and focuses on strong images of women. The story and, above all, the ending provide a broad topic for discussion in a book club and it reveals how a traditional image of women and mothers still prevails today.

"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott - from 6.99 euros on Amazon *


The best love story for the book club

It is well known that love goes through the stomach. As a result, good and real love stories cannot ignore food. This is also what happens in Luisa Weiss ‘Life. In “My Berlin Kirchen: a love story”, the native of Berlin describes how she finds love for herself through cooking. The autobiographical work not only describes recipes and dishes, but also the challenges when you don't know exactly where you belong. Luisa grew up both in Berlin and in the United States. Lovingly and painterly, Luisa Weiss seduces her reader into a world full of passion and heartbreak, without letting it get cheesy. It's an honest story that one or the other book club member will definitely recognize.

My Berlin Kitchen: a love story by Luisa Weiss - from 8.99 euros on Amazon *


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