What makes a good book club book? Some might say a controversial read is best for lively discussion, while others prefer to keep the peace with an all around crowd pleaser. We think the best book club books are the ones you keep thinking about long after you've turned the last page - the ones that make you ask every friend and family member, "Have you read...?" just so you can talk about it.
For this list of great book club books, we've selected the ones we couldn't put down, the ones that made us text our bookish friends, and the ones we still think about today. You'll find mostly modern literary fiction, a few memoirs, and a female-forward author roster and while there is only one repeat author on the list (Kazuo Ishiguro) we could have easily included anything and everything by Sally Rooney, Yaa Gyasi, or Celest Ng.
Whether you're in search of your next book club read or just looking for a great book, here are 25 books worth talking about.