So, although I’m not in a book club and never have been, I planned out a years worth of reading for one just for fun and thought it might be cool to share this. If I was to actually host a book club, I’d probably edit this a little bit to be more inclusive and interesting. I think book clubs are just an awesome way to share the books you love, and to introduce new books into your life that you might have otherwise not given a second glance.
I am thinking about doing a little one-book-a-month “book club” next year (really, just setting myself a book to read once a month and other people can join in too because I’ll talk about it on here more than meeting up in an online group chat to talk about a book) but this was just fun to do more than anything!
Comic Books/Graphic Novels
I am personally always looking for new comic books and graphic novels to try and what better month to try something new than the new year! Although a lot of comic books series just tend to go on and on, graphic novels have a lot more standalones so I think there’s something for everyone in this genre.
They’re not really deep and most comics/graphic novels don’t trigger any thought provoking discussion, so I think it would be a good introduction for a book club – a nice easy start, and you can get to know each other if you weren’t already friends beforehand.
Some of my favourites include Kim Reaper by Sarah Graley (about two girls, who are very into each other, but one of them is a brand new reaper and is trying not to get fired…yeah, it’s adorable), I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young (a six year old gets stuck in a fairyland for thirty years ish, but she still looks like she’s six…and she hates fairyland. Every escape mission she has has failed, it’s hilarious) and Tomboy by Mia Goodwin (which is just so visually stimulating and beautiful,the plot was also really unique, the character development was so good and interesting…highly recommend).
So, a bit of a jump from last months, but a very important discussion nontheless. This month focuses on books written by and about black people/culture. An obvious choice here would be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which focuses on black culture, police brutality and systematic racism. I’m not sure if this book has made it to school reading lists like I believe it should have, but if I had a book club it would definitely be on here somewhere!
Badass Women (feminism)
According to Google, this is the month where women’s history week is located in so obviously the theme for this month should be feminism! I will admit I don’t really read many books focusing on feminism itself, just about the result of feminism (women/non-binary people confident to be themselves, fighting important issues, etc). I’ve heard such great things about A Change is Gonna Come by various authors such as Tanya Byrne and Catherine Johnson and I’ve wanted to read it for a while so I think this is the book I would choose for feminism month!
Autism Awareness Month
I think this month should be called autism acceptance month, personally, and this will obviously be my favourite month of them all! Books about autism from actually autistic people will be my first and only choice! There’s The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. That’s the only one I have read so far, and I really enjoyed it. Following that, Odd Girl Out by Laura James, which follows an autistic woman who was diagnosed late in her adulthood who also has EDS. I own this, and can’t wait to get around to it. I think it also talks about being autistic in a neurotypical world. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis is a very action-packed book with an autistic main character. A book I’m sure everyone has heard about and read, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde! That’s all I can think of for now, if you know any other autistic OwnVoices novels then please let me know.
This one is a little bit more random, but I think interesting! I’m not a huge fan of science fiction, but I do like it and pick it up from time to time. There’s, again, not a massive amount to discuss concerning science-fiction novels but sometimes book clubs don’t have to involve a lot of thought provoking things, sometimes they can just provide some fun and socialization in our otherwise hectic and stressful lives!
For this, I’d probably pick some recent reads I’ve enjoyed like Starswept by Mary Fan or something I haven’t really read but I’ve wanted to for a really long time, such as Want by Cindy Pon.
Probably my second favourite month, LGBT pride month! I think here, I’d pick something especially f/f romance. It would be hard to pick just one book for this month, when there are so many LGBT books out there that are so good. Anything by Adam Silvera and Patrick Ness, as well as M. Hollis, they’re all wonderful writers. I’d love to read something I haven’t read yet, though, like George by Alex Gino!
This isn’t really a genre that I reach for a lot, which is why I put it in here. I think a lot of people who take part in book clubs attend college or university or school, like me, so the next month is usually hectic and filled with getting ready for the new year. Romance is nice and relaxed, and a good way to end the summer.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is one of my personal favourites. It’s so cute, and the main love interests are fat and Jewish! There’s a lot of really amazing diversity rep in here, it’s really good, and I’m sad it wasn’t longer. A book I haven’t read yet that I believe is a romance book is Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, it has been on my wishlist for a really long time and I just haven’t got round to buying it yet.
Back to School (middle grade)
Again, something a little on the lighter end of reading (although not always!). I just like middle grade, and I don’t think it should always be for children only, although you do have to remember who it’s aimed at. For this month, I’d like to read Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie because I think it provides really interesting discussions on the history of Peter Pan and it’s wild to see how many people haven’t read it! I’ve read this before and although it didn’t hook me as much as other middle grade books did, it’s still really great.
For this month, I would choose a Muslim #OwnVoices novel! I think an obvious pick for this month, and something I haven’t read yet unfortunately, is Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. I’ve heard amazing things about it, and how it’s a really cute romance novel and again romance isn’t really my thing but diverse romance novels seem to be much more my thing! I think it would provide interesting discussions, especially from any Muslim members of the group.
I really love horror but don’t really read it much, to be honest! I love Stephen King but I don’t really want to pick him as his novels tend to be quite triggering and harmful to marginilized communities (but I still enjoy his books, and own a few, but this does need to be said and acknowledged). A book that I have read and really enjoyed was The Library of Souls by Richard Denney, which is basically a middle grade book about a boy with a mean uncle who hunt for ghosts and one day they get a call for a haunted library. It’s really spooky, but not too scary for anyone who isn’t into that. One that I haven’t read but really want to read is a comic series called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which is a spin-off from the Sabrina TV show I believe. My favourite is paranormal horror, but I feel like good paranormal horror is really hard to find.
I feel like this month would be good to make suggestions on what books to pick that aren’t revolved around any particular theme – many books talking about mental illness, a book one member wants the rest of the group to read (and everyone else wants to read it, too). I don’t know how well free months would work but I want to give this a try.
Christmas (contemporary)/ Jewish #OwnVoices
I have been wanting to read a book by Hannah Moskowitz for a really long time, and I’m not sure why I haven’t. I think a big reason is that I’m really indecisive and I can’t pick one book that I can buy and read. My library isn’t that great (but they’re building a new one that should be ready for next year, I’m so excited!). So, really, we could make this month a Hannah Moscowitz read-a-thon if I had the funds or could find some of the books anywhere. That would be really fun!
So, there you have it! A random little draft of books I would read throughout the year if I had a book club. I like to daydream!
Until next time,