Many club members like book club recommendations for shorter novels because it can be difficult to find the time between book club meetings to read longer works. And keen readers will often want to have some spare time to read outside the group choices and pursue their own interests. Here are five book club recommendations that are interesting enough to give your book club lots to talk about but that won’t take too long to read. Each of these book club recommendations also has a movie tie-in that your club could perhaps get together to watch.
- The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. A short, perfect novel with not a word too many used by the author.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy. A moving post-apocalyptic novel centred on a father-son relationship.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Innocent and sad.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan. Love, war, lies and class prejudice in a quintessentially English setting.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. The heroine, Holly Golightly, is one of fiction’s best known characters. She was portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the movie version but the novel is darker than the movie. More novella than novel but an interesting book club selection with the potential to provoke discussion on society and morality.
If you found this list of book club recommendations useful, please let me know.