If you’re anything like us, your TBR list gets a little sparse near the end of the month. Whether you’re looking for the next Hunger Games sequel or you’re ready to be taken away — way, way away — to the romantic and war-torn streets of Paris, we’ve got a little something that every book club can enjoy. Scroll on for the books that’ll keep you anxiously tearing through the pages all month.
Young Adult Book Club
Alive by Scott Sigler ($10): Sci-fi, mystery and a powerful girl protagonist? We predict your book club will be up late discussing this juicy page-turner. The first installment follows M. Savage, a sassy teen who wakes up in a coffin without a clue as to how she got there. Get the popcorn ready and cozy up—you’re not going to want to leave your reading nook until you’ve finished the last page of this breathtaking novel.
Beach Read Book Club
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ($11): Is there such a thing as a soul mate? This book explores two concurrent storylines: one where twenty-nine year old Hannah Martin leaves the bar with her old love, Ethan, and one where she leaves with her best friend. As the story unfolds you’ll start to wonder if anything is truly “meant to be.”
Pop Culture Book Club
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($16): Since Mindy Kaling is basically our BFF (she just doesn’t know it yet), of course our book club is snapping this book up the second it hits the shelves. We’ll have to wait until mid-month (September 15) until we get to join Mindy on her adventures to find love, friendships and becoming an adult.
News-Junkie Book Club
Mission High by Kristina Rizga ($17): We may romanticize backpacks, school supplies and #throwback varsity apparel, but if there’s one thing we don’t miss about school, it’s the standardized tests. As teachers and administrators deal with changing regulations for academic standards and how we measure students’ success, follow the story of one high school whose students defied the odds. This book will have you informed and ready to debate education reform.
#GirlBoss Book Club
The Creativity Challenge by Tanner Christensen ($15): We’ll never turn down an opportunity to chat about creativity theories and revel in maker theory. Take the prompts on solo or bring back the group activities of your grade school days with this book that promises to help you reach new levels of creativity.
Literary Fiction Book Club
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen ($17): Dive into back-to-school madness with a chilly, thrilling book that explores teen girl hysteria in a tiny Texas town. Your book club will be captivated by these small-town characters hiding major secrets.
Memoir Book Club
This Is Not a Love Story by Judy Brown ($13): Whether you grew up going to synagogue, chapel or none of the above, this bold and honest memoir about growing up in a deeply religious community and struggling to make sense of family mysteries will resonate with everyone. Touching on autism, love and fear of the unknown, this one will stay on your mind long after you’ve turned the last page.
Historical Book Club
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ($16): Hey, all you aspiring French girls: meet your next rainy-day read. Part epic love story, part family drama, this novel tells the story of two very different sisters as they fight to bring their city and family through World War II. You’ll definitely want to pack the tissues for this one.
#Throwback Pick for Your Book Club
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith ($17): We’re betting you and your book club besties read this book in high school, but believe us when we say it takes on new meaning as an adult. Fall in love all over again with this coming-of-age story set in a poor immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn.
What is your book club reading this month? Belong to a book club that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments below!