The Perfect Books to Read with your Book Club

Usually, our selections for book club reads come easily. We’ll have a list a mile long on our TBR. But then… life happens. You read the book and have nothing to say about it but “I liked it.” Or you loved it, but you don’t think the group will like it, and you just can’t stand to watch the vipers rip it to shreds. Or, you look back over your TBR, and like with a menu at your favorite restaurant, sometimes—unthinkably—nothing really looks appetizing. If you’re finding yourself in any of these situations, worry not. We’re here to help.

Below is a short list of five books that are guaranteed to be thought

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.