January is always a popular time to decide on a book club’s reading selections, though every group does it differently. Some vote on the books. Others let every member have a pick. Some map out what they’re going to read for the whole year in advance. Others are more haphazard, deciding on a book only a couple weeks before the upcoming meeting.
No matter how your group decides what to read, I think these five paperback novels would appeal to a wide range of reading tastes:
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones is set at a country house at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s “filled with a kind of prickly menace and biting wit.” (Read more.)
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides is about a love triangle on a college campus. It borrows both title and conceit from the Victorian marriage plot novel. (Read more.)
The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society by debut author Barbara J. Zitwer “tells a stirring story of friendship and the power of connection.” (Read more.)
The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks is a “dark, sobering novel” that explores the gritty reality of America’s underclass. (Read more.)
Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman is a haunting novel about the aftermath of a family tragedy. (Read more.)
Here’s how you can win all five (!) of these paperbacks:
TO ENTER: In the comments, tell us the name of your favorite book you’ve read in a book club. If you’re not in a book club, give us the name of a book that’s led to interesting discussion in your life.
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, January 4. One winner will receive copies of the five books pictured in this post. Prize must be shipped to a North American address, and Rhode Island residents are not eligible. (Full contest rules here.) Happy New Year and good luck!
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Adrienne! Her favorite book she’s read in a book club is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Thanks to all who entered! Contest is now closed.