10+ Best Books for Women’s Book Club

 

With so many books making it to the best seller list, it can be a tad overwhelming to review and sort the books by female authors for 2017. The fact that so many broke the stereotypes made it all the more harder to choose and select these books. Without further ado here are some of the best books for women’s book club, chosen on genre, author, storylines, character development, etc.

 

Little women

the book is not exactly new, but certainly deserves to be featured as one of the books to read for women’s book club. The story follows the lives of our adolescent girls as they  undergo the growing pangs of growing in post-civil war society, with its constraints and the whole story is about how they each face up to their circumstances and how they deal with it. While the book has indeed been praised as one of the finest works of women empowerment, it still stands out as a beautiful example of literary work, by Louisa McKay.

Read it For:
To catch a glimpse of life in America which was still reeling from the Civil war, from a women’s perspective
Don't Read it For:
If historical novels are not your cup of tea, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The gritty realism in parts and the beautiful interplay between various characters, from Jo to Beth makes this coming of age book a must read

Rabbit

this debut novel neatly dovetails the authors experience by growing up in a crack neighborhood with her comic sense, making this book a stand out for all the obvious reasons. Patricia paints a poignant picture of her childhood, and the challenges that she had to overcome to get to where she is and this is why this book, a transformational story from the start to the finish, makes the cut.

Read it For:
A coming of age story with a frank account of her background
Don't Read it For:
if personal memoirs are not your cup of tea, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The frank account of her childhood definitely makes this book a worthwhile read

Sisters

the novella is all about a second marriage and how the ghosts from the past have a permeating impact on the current life of the main character. While it should be said that this novel does come with a rather surprise end, and an interesting take, it tends to be a bit longwinded in parts. But overall, it is a good read and definitely one of the recommended books for the women’s book club.

Read it For:
an interesting take on relationships
Don't Read it For:
tends to be a bit longwinded at parts
What makes this book stand out?:
the interesting character development and plot lines

Sing, Unburied, Sing

  from being a pathological addict to causing misfortune all around, Jysmyn’s earlier characters certainly filled up the whole page. Her current novel’s not that different either, it involves one of the main characters traveling to Mississippi to meet up with another family undergoing similar addiction related issues. While the story may be just that, fiction it nevertheless paints a poignant picture of anger, loneliness that each and every addict goes through and the immediate impact on loved ones.

Read it For:
an interesting take on addiction and the impact on all those around them
Don't Read it For:
the book tends to be more about addiction than anything else, if you are not interested in this, you may want to give this a miss.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful way the story is interwoven, with layers
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Coming to my senses

this book definitely deserves its tag as one of the top books for women’s book club. The novel is more of a retelling of Alice’s growth as a chef in the 60’s America and she manages to retell her story to perfection. She brings to life each and every dish, with the surrounding backstory, which makes it all the more interesting to read. The 60’s America was an interesting epoch, full of revolutionary ideas and passion and she brings this out in nearly every page.

Read it For:
An interesting take on culinary during an interesting period
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in culinary dishes, then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The wonderful way that the novel has been developed, with beautiful descriptions, which brings out each page to life

Tale of two Americas

the book consists of real life perspectives and the aftermath of the last presidential election. It explores the divisive nature of the last election and the fact that American society is by and large divided as a result of the same. It consists of various takes on the American way of life, post last elections by various authors such as Roxane Gay,  Edwidge Dandicat and much more.

Read it For:
A real life perspective of the American way of life, post 2016 elections
Don't Read it For:
If you feel you have already read enough on this subject, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The various tales, the interesting take on what is tagged to be one of the most divisive elections of our era and the way the tales dovetails neatly with each other

World from world’s end

a collection of various stories of different genres, but each characterized by poignant moments, human curiosity at its best and the sharp wit that often characterizes Johanna’s stories. This book definitely makes for an interesting read and even though it is fiction, It is still enthralling enough to read to the end.

Read it For:
If you are looking for a book to read during a rainy day, this one would be it
Don't Read it For:
If you are not into short stories, or anthologies, then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The way the plot plays out, on so many levels and interspersed with Johanna’s sharp wit.

What happened

this book is a definite must read for all those who are still shell shocked from last election results. It stands out for all the right reasons and is one of the recommended books for the women’s book club. Clinton recounts her experiences and explores various reasons as to why she may have lost the election from white supremacists to church leaders. While the book offers few firm conclusions, it is still an interesting read on the rise of Trump as president

Read it For:
The absolute insider’s take on the last election
Don't Read it For:
If you feel you have read enough on the last elections, then you would want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
Hilary’s book, while no page turner, is certainly interesting enough, if not for anything else but the absolute insider’s view on last election

Everything I never told you

the book is the second one from the author and the last one was a runaway success and this one is turning out to be one as well. The book exploits the insular nature of American society and their reactions to a single mom and her daughter moving in. It is fast paced and developed beautifully

Read it For:
A take on urban America,
Don't Read it For:
If you are not into mysteries, then you may want to give this novel a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The interesting interplay between various characters, the tone of the book which is why it is one of the popular books for women’s book’s club

Afterglow

the book explores the relationship between the author (a poet) and her dog, and while the story is more a re-telling of their 16 year old relationship, it certainly brings to fore the relationship that we have with our pets, especially our dogs and how they remain a pivotal part our lives today

Read it For:
an interesting take on the usual human-pet relationship
Don't Read it For:
If you have already read enough on pets and their owners, then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The allusive parts of the book certainly makes it stand out as one of the books to read for woman’s book club

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