Top 10 Books for Book Club in 2016

 

 

2016 is the year of fiction books, and approximately a dozen of them made their way to the Book Clubs. In the year 2016, there were many books which touched our hearts either by striking the emotional chords or by making us ponder over the social issues such as justice, class, and race. So to have your conversation started at your book club, we recommend you to check these book club novels of 2016.

 

Swing Time

 This book is about two brown girls who dream to become dancers--but only Tracey has a flair for it. The other girl has flat feet and a little to no talent for dance but abundant thoughts about time and rhythm, about black Music and black bodies, about what makes a tribe, or makes an individual free in every sense of the word. It's a close relationship, a complicated childhood friendship which ends all of a sudden when they reach their early twenties.

Read it For:
Impressive language and fascinating concept that revolves around life.
Don't Read it For:
The storyline is good but keeps moving out of focus, so the way the story progresses on is not that great.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fiction was a good one, to begin with, and had some good twists and turns and it reflected the life choice that we have to make at times. Quite an unusual book for club books.

When Breath becomes air

A deeply moving, beautifully witnessed biography by a young neurosurgeon who is going through final cancer analysis and tries to answer an inevitable question about what exactly makes life worth living? Paul Kalanithi was about to complete ten years as a neurosurgeon when he knew he has lung cancer of stage IV. He was merely 36 years of age. It was a complete change as one day he was treating the patients and the other day he was himself struggling with life.

Read it For:
it is a must read as it is about being alive and just a tad about dying. It is about a person who had been a doctor as well as a patient.
Don't Read it For:
An autobiographical book who trained and studies to become a doctor and then eventually became a writer. He sets in to write a book that he always wished to write even after knowing he has cancer. A bit too pretentious, classical, and many quotes of poetry.
What makes this book stand out?:
The experiences of a doctor when he becomes a patient and the feelings that he undergoes.

Homegoing

This story is about two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, who are born in the Ghana in eighteenth-century and into two different villages. Effia gets married to an Englishman and lives comfortably in Cape Coast Castle. Effia had no clue that her sister, Esi, is beneath her imprisoned in the castle's dungeons, where she would be sold with many others into the booming slave trade of Gold Coast and sent to America, where her generation will get raised as slaves. Homegoing makes the past visceral where one part of the story is about Effia's progenies who went their way through years of warfare with the British colonization and slave trade in Ghana, Fante, and Asante. And another part is about Esi and her children in America.

Read it For:
Homegoing is a very poised debut novel which is engaging and unforgettable. It got lots of attention in best books for book groups 2016, and it surely deserves every part of it.
Don't Read it For:
triggers sorrow as you read about the things people go through, and it was unfortunate. The slave trade makes one think about the austerities of life.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a Debut novel by Gyasi, and it very much stands out as it is an excellent novel for the debut.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

An exceptionally written book and will make you change your outlook on the poverty in America.  Read about the eight families who are surviving on edge in the most impoverished localities of Milwaukee. Their fates lie in the hands of Sherrena Tarver and Tobin Charney who are the two landlords. They hate some of the people living there and like some. Eventually, she catches hold of Arleen, a single mother, and evicts her and her sons just days before Christmas.  And then what happens makes us think about the hardships people might have undergone. Sadly the people are hopeful even if going through so many losses reminds us that home is essential for survival.

Read it For:
One of the best books if you want to know about the poverty Americans once endured.
Don't Read it For:
It is very heartbreaking book
What makes this book stand out?:
Amidst so much of hassle, characters in the book still hold on to hope and faith, and this makes the book one of the best book club choices
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The Girls

The books revolve around the violent end of the 1960s in Northern California. It is about Evie Boyd, who was a lonely teenager and on seeing a group of girls in a park, instantaneously gets trapped in their free and carefree attitude. Soon enough, Evie finds himself mesmerized by Suzanne, and then how things go is explained in the story.

Read it For:
The story narration is pretty well.
Don't Read it For:
a bit of overexpression.
What makes this book stand out?:
The narration of the story is tremendous and seductive right from the beginning.

Commonwealth

A captivating story of how the lives of two families change after an unanticipated romantic encounter. Two families who create a bond between each other and somehow these four parents and their six children spend time together. You would love this book for there is humor and sorrow in the same book. It is an inspiration for many writers and tells a tale of how love binds people together.

Read it For:
Enriching content and in-depth characterization.
Don't Read it For:
This book portrays how people neglect their children and how can they become so insensitive.
What makes this book stand out?:
Patchett's life story inspires this book, so it is one to be surely read as it is the first-hand experience.

Hillbilly Elegy

This is a memoir by Vance describing his upbringing in a low-income family. His family background was impoverished, and they were poverty stricken and how the Appalachian Values like love for country and loyalty make up for his upbringing in the midst of his abusive and alcoholic grandparents. He questions people for rotting the society and shows resentment towards the ill-practices of his community.

Read it For:
this is one of the unusual book club books which makes people draw conclusions which are hard to take.
Don't Read it For:
Depicts a bit of racism and the sorrow in the book make a person very sad.
What makes this book stand out?:
A very compelling story.

My name is Lucy Barton

The bestselling novel and depicts the relationship between Lucy and her mother. Lucy had a hard childhood where her father was abusive, and only her mother loved her. She couldn’t do much to protect her siblings from her father’s wrath. Eventually how she left her home and then becomes a writer and then meets her mother again to reconnect.

Read it For:
beautifully expressed characters and gives you an insight about things going on in the world.
Don't Read it For:
An old plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
Captivating book and undoubtedly good style of writing.

The Gene: An intimate history

The dramatic and precise book and a thrilling plot. It depicts the journey of Mukherjee to understand the influence of genes on a person’s life and choices.

Read it For:
Engaging and Deeply Informative. Wonderfully expressed the stories around the genetics
Don't Read it For:
some parts are quite dull in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Best book if you want to understand the heredity of humans which have an impact on their personality and lives.

Barkskins

The story is of two immigrants, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, to France. It witnesses the current problem of deforestation after the Europeans arrived till the present time.

Read it For:
In this book read the struggles a human endures with nature.
Don't Read it For:
Promising characters at the end of the book but not that impactful.
What makes this book stand out?:
The observations and the uncertainty of the fragile life make this book take place in the 2016 book club novels.

 

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