Recommended book club reading lists by theme, with a reading guide for each book.

Book Club Reading Lists by Theme

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Theme: Firsts

    •   1st Books/1st Novels
    •   1st in Series

Theme: Families

    •   Generational & Family Sagas
    •   Parenting & Families (fiction & non-fiction)

Theme: Ages & Stages

    •   Adult Books From A Child's Perspective
    •   Coming of Age
    •   Mid-Life Onwards
    •   Dealing with Loss
    •   Physical & Mental Differences
    •   LGBTQ

Theme: Ethnicity

    •   Books in Translation
    •   Immigrants & Expatriates
    •   Asian Writers/Themes
    •   African American Authors & Leads
    •   Jewish Writers/Themes
    •   Islam

Theme: Women

    •   Strong Female Leads
    •   Female Friendships

Theme: Books About Animals

    •   Books About Animals

Theme: Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality

    •   Philosophical
    •   Religious or Spiritual Themes

Theme: Magical or Supernatural Elements

    •   Magical or Supernatural Elements

Theme: Various

    •   Heroes
    •   Uplifting books
    •   In Time of War & The Effects of War
    •   Controversial Subjects
    •   Nature & Environmental Themes
    •   Charities & Volunteering

Theme: Humor & Satire

    •   Humor & Satire

Theme: For Readers & Writers

    •   Small Press Titles
    •   Reference Books for Readers & Book Clubs
    •   Books about Books, Book Lovers & Language

Theme: Doorstoppers

    •   Books With 500+ Pages

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    by Mary Beard
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    by Uzodinma Iweala
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    by Ali Smith
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    When you're a refugee, everyone has lost, at least for the time being... And the journey ...

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    Anatomy of a Miracle
    by Jonathan Miles

    A stunning novel that offers an exploration of faith, science and the meaning of life.
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