“What’s the point of having a book club if you don’t get to eat brownies and drink wine?” ~ Jami Attenberg
Summertime seems to be a great time for friends, neighbors, and even strangers to join together in some form of a book club! We have seen virtual book clubs, read along social media groups, neighborhood groups of women getting together for book club, and then just a group of friends who love reading and spending time together!
Chelsea and I have been in a book club with a very good friend of ours for a couple of years now. We all have different reading interests, and we find it a great way to get out of our own reading grooves, try out a different book or topic we might not necessarily have chosen ourselves (me especially since I am all about the romance :)), and just have a fun girls night gossiping, eating (cannot discuss books without a meal or snacks!), and delving into the book we have read. Over the years, we have read several different books and we thought it would be fun to share with you some of our favorites! Maybe you will add it to your own book club list if you haven't read it already!
I was honestly shocked when the first book that popped in my head when we thought of this topic was Jurassic Park! While you are probably definitely familiar with the movie franchise, you may not be quite as familiar with the book! Michael Crichton brings Jurassic Park to life in a way that only a book can. I will say the movie is a great adaptation of the book, but oh man is this book good. I remember flying through this book for book club and being so excited for it that I actually bought the book rather than borrowing it from the library. I even loved it so much that I read the sequel. It's even more impressive that this was published in 1990. Granted, I don't know what the book world was like at that point because I wasn't born yet, but it blows my mind that this type of world can be created when so much of the technology we know today wasn't even created yet.
Jurassic Park tells a story of amazing science that recovers and clones dinosaur DNA. not only are they bringing these creatures back to life, but they're inviting the world to come and visit. Nothing can go wrong, right? Ha! The experts who come to visit Jurassic Park before the park opens are in for an adventure that they won't even forget, even though they wish they could.
Kelli mentioned When We Believed in Mermaids in our blog "If You Liked That, Try This!" and if you haven't added it to your TBR list yet, please do so now! When I tell you I FLEW this book! I'm not even joking. An added bonus? It's on Kindle Unlimited! I loved reading about Kit's journey to New Zealand, her developing love story with Javier, Josie's life since her "death", and just everything that was included in the in between of everything!
Josie was killed years ago in a train accident while traveling overseas. At least, that's what her sister, Kit, now an ER doctor believes, until she sees a person in the background of a news broadcast reporting on a club fire in Auckland. Kit decides to travel to New Zealand to find her sister and unravel the secrets that have kept them apart for so long. Can they reconnect or will their past traumas keep them apart forever?
One of my top book club read favorites is Fire & Blood (A Targaryen History #1) by George R.R. Martin. I was first introduced to the show Game of Thrones by my husband several years ago. He bought the books with the intention of reading them to get more of the story (cause 9 times out of 10 we all know the book is always better than the show or movie!). He had brought the first book to the beach to read. I had already read through all of the books that I had brought with me and needed something else to read so I stole the first book from him to dive into, and man was I hooked! I loved the world, I loved the writing, loved the storylines, and couldn't wait to continue reading and watching it all unfold! Last fall, when we were at the bookstore, I found a copy of Fire & Blood and had to purchase it so that I could fall into this world again as I impatiently wait for George R.R. Martin to finish Game of Thrones!
Fire & Blood takes place about 3- or 400 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It follows the Targaryen family, the only dragonlords to have survived the doom of Valyria, as they arrive at Dragonstone in Westeros, ready to conquer this new land. It encompasses tales of Aegon the Conqueror as he fights and wages a war on the people of Westeros, as he creates the Iron Throne that ends up surviving for centuries and generations. It is a story rich with the history of the Targaryen family as they fight to hold the Iron Throne. The story leads us up to the events where the dragons have petered out, the Targaryen family only have a few survivors, and civil war tore Westeros apart. There are many hidden gems in here that I was looking for to tie events and people, and even the families, into the Game of Thrones series. When 3 dragon eggs were taken and then mysteriously disappeared? Quite the coincidence that Daenerys receives 3 dragon eggs as a wedding present. Would the Targaryen line have survived if they married outside of their own family more and worked together rather than fought to be the ruler? If you enjoyed the Game of Thrones series, I recommend checking out Fire & Blood to give you even more knowledge and history of Westeros, the Targaryen dynasty, and the gods and families of Westeros.
My second choice for a favorite book club read is Salem's Lot by Stephen King. This was the first book I read by Stephen King and it has piqued my interest to read more of his books! I know he is my husband's favorite author, and several of my friends enjoy reading his books as well. I enjoy his style of writing, his descriptions, and the imagination on Stephen is incredible.
Salem's Lot takes place in a New England town of that name. It is a quiet, often considered sleepy, town. Around the time of this story, the town welcomes three newcomers, Ben Mears who is a former resident and an author of fiction novels; Straker who is a mysterious antiques dealer; and Barlow, also a mysterious newcomer that nobody ever sees. Ben is still haunted by the local Marsten house from his childhood and is hoping to overcome the ghostly house and his own past ghosts. Straker and Barlow are the two gentlemen that have taken over ownership of the home. These two are strangers, with secrets as old as can be, that wreak havoc and irreparable harm on the inhabitants of this town. All will be changed forever as events play out - a new love for Ben, Susan, cannot be protected, a priest who puts his faith to one last test, and a young boy whose fantasy world is coming to life. Salem's Lot is a vampire story definitely influenced by Dracula and other vampire movies and fiction. If you are a fan of vampire stories and Stephen King, I recommend giving it a read!
What are some of your favorite reads from book clubs you have been a part of? Do you enjoy book clubs, and if so what do you like about them? If you’d like to see what we are reading now, check out our Goodreads profiles (Kelli and Chelsea) or follow 2 Girls Bookin' It on Instagram and Facebook! If you’re excited to see what other topics we’ll be covering in the coming months, make sure to subscribe. Thanks for reading with us!