We’ll be happy if you give us books, friends, and food in that order. What could have all three? We’re talking about book clubs, and the book club books that are worth talking about, right now.
People who want to start a book club: We have you. How do you want to start? Part two is here. To join an already-formed group: For part three, we have our own Year of Epic Reads book club and Barnes & Noble has a new YA Book Club.
You want even more choices? Then come to us. Goodreads also has a “Groups” tab under “Community.” You can look for book clubs there, as well. (We might recommend “Addicted to YA,” because, well, we’re addicted to YA books.)
Basically? We love book clubs. It doesn’t matter if you go to them in person or online. They’re a great place to read great books with great book nerds and read stories that make you think. Do you need some ideas? These stories from today are a great place to start. Grab some friends, pick a book, and start a book club today. You can start today.
Book Club Books
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
We love this book by the author of the Shatter Me series and A Very Large Expanse of Sea. There is a little history and a little present-day in this book, which will make you think about how much has changed and how much hasn’t in the last 20 years.
There have been changes in the American political world since the US went to war with Iraq in 2003. A lot of hate crimes are happening, FBI agents are going into local mosques, and the Muslim community is being harassed more than ever before. Her hijab makes her keep her head down, so she does that.
As if she didn’t have enough on her plate already.
Shadi is named for happiness, but she’s haunted by sadness, even though her name means that. Her brother has died, her father is dying, her mother is in a bad way, and her best friend has mysteriously dropped out of her life, but she doesn’t know why. She also has to deal with her heart.
In this case, it’s broken.
Shadi tries to get through her crumbling world by keeping her head down and not saying anything. When she feels bad, she eats it. Each day, she hides more and more inside herself until one day, everything changes.
An Emotion of Great Pleasure is on sale right now!
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
She has our heart (and our tears). If you haven’t read one of her books yet, be ready to be amazed.
Grown is important reading right now because of the #MeToo movement. This book is a hard look at rape culture and the unique vulnerability of Black girls in particular.
As soon as Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being famous as a singer take off. Enchanted doesn’t remember anything about the night before until she wakes up with blood on her hands and no memory of the night before. The person who killed Korey Fields was not Korey Fields
It was already bad for Enchanted before there was a dead body around. She had a controlling dark side that was hidden behind her charm and star power, so Now that he’s dead, the police are at the door, and everything points to Enchanted.
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Not to be missed: Pride & Prejudice remix author Iba Zoboi and activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five will be together at the event. In the end, you’ll be moved to learn more and do something about the story of a boy who was wrongfully imprisoned.
The story I thought was interesting.
It was my life.
the day didn’t start
Born: I was born
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet, but now she is even more of both. But even in a school where there are a lot of different kinds of people, because of a biased system, he’s seen as disruptive and not very motivated. On one fateful night, a fight breaks out in an area of the city that is becoming more and more gentrified. A lot of people say “Boys are just boys.” This is true only when the boys are white.
That’s the story I think about.
will be my whole life
It starts today.
At the age of 16, Amal is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s almost too much for him, but he turns to his words and art as a place of safety. This was not his story. But can he make it different?
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
This story always makes me cry.
Talk about what it’s like to be a family with your book club.
Being the middle child has its good and bad points.
There are a lot of things that are different for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth. Her baby was put up for adoption. She looks for her birth parents, as well.
In her younger bio sister, Maya is very outspoken. She has a lot to say about how they’ve become close as a family. She’s been the snarky brunette in a house full of cheery redheads, so she’s looking for traces of herself in these people who aren’t quite strangers. When Maya’s adopted family’s long-hidden problems start to come to light, she can’t help but wonder where she fits in.
Also, their older biological brother Joaquin isn’t interested in getting to know each other because he doesn’t want to get to know their mother. There aren’t any heroes in the foster care system, so he’s learned not to tell anyone about what he’s afraid of or what he doesn’t want anyone else to know.
If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur
It’s interesting to hear Jasmin Kaur’s voice because it’s so interesting. She talks about important things like what it means to be a young woman in a world that doesn’t always listen to her.
If Kiran is sexually assaulted and gets pregnant, then she leaves her home in Punjab and moves to Canada for a new start. It’s bad for both of them when she overstays her visa and lives without a visa.
Sahaara would do everything she could to protect her mother from being hurt by her daughter. The truth about Kiran’s past makes her want to do something about it, even if it means taking on a powerful and dangerous man.
tell you the truth, you’ll believe me
That I’ve dug up
From the hardened depths, something comes up.
There are a lot of shrapnel-filled rocks and dirt in this place.
These hands are sore and bloody.
would you trust me?
No, you wouldn’t.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
The prequel to The Hate U Give is just as good as the book that comes with it. It’s set 17 years before the events of “The Hate U Give.” This time, we follow the story of Starr’s father, Maverick, as he talks about Black masculinity and being a man.
He knows what a real man does: He takes care of his family. Having been raised by his father, Mav does that the only way he knows how: for the King Lords. With this money, he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad is in prison. This money will help him.
If Mav had a cool girlfriend and an older cousin who always looked out for him, things would be a lot better for him.
In other words, Maverick doesn’t know until then that he is the father of a child
He has a baby, Seven, and he has to do everything for him. Then again, it’s not easy to sling dope or finish school or raise a child. So when he gets a chance to go straight, he takes it. Isn’t it possible that Mav can show that he isn’t like everyone else?
When you have King Lord blood in your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. You have to do something. Even after a close friend was killed in a brutal way, loyalty, revenge, and responsibility are all things that could break Mav apart. To be a man, he’ll figure it out for himself.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Revolution? Hope? A terrifyingly relevant subject? Internment is thought-provoking, well-written, and addictive.
Rebellions are built on the hope that things will work out for the better.
It takes place in a terrifying near-future U.S., where seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are sent to an internment camp for Muslims.
With the help of new friends who are also in the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and a surprise alliance, Layla starts a journey to fight for freedom. She leads a revolution against the Director of the camp and his guards.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
A book about love, race, and gentrification that is very good. This modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice is a must-read for everyone.
People who work for Zuri Benitez are proud of what they do. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots are some of the things she takes pride in. Even though she is proud, it might not be enough to keep her neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
It doesn’t bother Zuri when the Darcy family moves in next door. Even though her older sister Janae starts to like Ainsley, Zuri doesn’t like them at all. She doesn’t like Darius because he is so judgmental and arrogant. It turns out that when Zuri and Darius are forced to find something they both agree on, their initial dislike for each other turns into an unexpected friendship.
But Zuri has four wild sisters who want to go in different directions, a cute boy named Warren who wants to get her attention, and college applications on the horizon. Zuri has to find a place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose everything.
All Kinds of Other by James Sie
This coming-of-age love story about two boys will make you cry. It’s tender, complicated, and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
It’s a new school for two boys.
Jules isn’t sure what it means to be gay yet.
And how far he wants to go.
Jack is still in shock after a fight with his best friend.
It’s not ready for anyone else just yet.
There are no doubts when Jules and Jack meet. However, when a video that links Jack to a pair of well-known transgender vloggers is leaked to the school, both boys are forced to face the public attention they had hoped to avoid.
They now have to make a choice: stay safe and not draw attention, or make their own space in the world together.
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Romance? Books? We laughed and wept our way through this one, too.
She has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books since she first learned to read. Then, she can hide from the crushing truth of her mother’s hoarding and pretend that her life is just normal. A new property manager, on the other hand, takes a more hands-on approach to the upkeep of their apartment complex. Darcy’s only home outside of her books is now in danger.
Darcy is having a hard time living under the weight of her mother’s constant shopping. Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where Darcy works and right into her heart, too. Darcy hasn’t been able to say the right thing for the first time in her whole life. The fairy-tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
Still, Darcy has spent her whole life keeping people out. But something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up to him. But to get her own happy ending, she’ll have to stop hiding and start living her own truth, even if it’s messy.