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Book Club Books For April 2014: 17 Selections For Your Reading Club

04/10/2014 11:54 EDT | Updated 04/10/2014 12:59 EDT
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If you're in a reading club, you're familiar with the gentle struggle you go through after each meeting — which book should we read next?

Lit Lovers, an online book community, suggests choosing books based on good opportunities for discussion, rather than good plotlines. She also recommends against choosing books for the whole year at once, as it might keep you from reading new, exciting works.

HuffPost Canada blog editor Angelina Chapin has some rules of her own for running a book club, including not inviting your friends, appointing a group leader and limiting your wine intake.

Whether or not those work for you and your book club are entirely your call, but one thing you will need is a book. Including a variety of new and soon-to-be released books as well as older tomes that you may not yet have read, check out this list for ideas on what your book club might want to read next. And come back next month for more!

Book Club Books For April 2014

Book: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Genre: Suspense

Elevator pitch: By the author of Room, this book about a real-life murder in San Francisco in the 1870s bring up a cast of characters that wouldn't look out of place in the 1960s

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Goes best with: A Blue Blazer, if you dare to make it

Number of pages: 416 pages

Comparables: The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean; The Luminaries

Book: Bark by Lorrie Moore

Genre: Short stories

Elevator pitch: Insightful, sometimes too-spot-on tales dealing with relationships and their myriad complications

Will it be a movie?: No

Goes best with: Scotch, or another hard liquor to swirl

Number of pages: 208 pages

Comparables: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis; Birds of America

Book: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: A world-famous opera singer performs at a limited engagement for a South American dictator, only to result in a hostage situation

Will it be a movie?: Rumour has it, yes

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: Italian wine

Number of pages: 352 pages

Comparables: The Magic Mountain; The House Of Serenades

Book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A Trust Story by Dan Harris

Genre: Self-help meets memoir

Elevator pitch: Newscaster's attempt to become calmer and happier after an on-air panic attack turns into research into every type of spiritual guidance out there.

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Goes best with: Herbal teas

Number of pages: 256 pages

Comparables: My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel; The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Book: Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: A retelling of the Snow White story that asks questions about relocation, race and the power of the mirror

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Goes best with: Appletinis, for the fairy tale's sake

Number of pages: 320 pages

Book: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: An account of the last days of a woman awaiting execution for murder in Iceland in 1829

Will it be a movie?: Yes

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: Vodka

Number of pages: 336 pages

Comparables: Arctic Chill; Before I Burn

Book: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Genre: Crime fiction

Elevator pitch: The first crime novel by J.K. Rowling (under a pseudonym) centres a loose cannon cop investigating his supermodel sister's untimely death

Will it be a movie?: Unquestionably

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: London Pride beer, if you can get your hands on it, or any U.K. ale

Number of pages: 464 pages

Comparables: Moonlight Mile; The Little Sister

Book: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Genre: Memoir

Elevator pitch: The true story of a girl whose belief in women's right to education took her right up against the Taliban

Will it be a movie?: It already is

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: Black tea and halwa

Number of pages: 352 pages

Comparables: Three Cups Of Tea; Half The Sky

Book: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: A group of seniors at a retirement community decide to start committing crimes

Will it be a movie?: Probably not

Goes best with: Hot toddies

Number of pages: 400 pages

Comparables: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry; Stone Angel

Book: Living With A Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich

Genre: Memoir

Elevator pitch: The author goes back to her teenage questions about life, religion and the meaning of it all, and tries to apply intelligence to finding the answers

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Goes best with: Absinthe ... or nothing at all

Number of pages: 256 pages

Comparables: Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas; Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: Inexperienced woman gets hired to care for a paraplegic man in a plot that sounds obvious, but is utterly compelling

Will it be a movie?: Yes

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: Gin and tonics

Number of pages: 384 pages

Comparables: The Horse Whisperer; The Accidental Tourist

Book: Robin Roberts: Everybody's Got Something with Veronica Chambers

Genre: Memoir

Elevator pitch: The Good Morning America anchor recounts her health, personal and professional battles — and what got her through it

Will it be a movie?: No

Goes best with: Coffee

Number of pages: 272 pages

Comparables: Cancer is a Bitch: Or, I'd Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis; Rob Lowe's Love Life

Book: The Blessings by Elise Juska (available May 6)

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: The tale of how a close family can be torn apart — and come together — when an integral family member dies

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Goes best with: Irish whiskey

Number of pages: 272 pages

Comparables: The Art Of Mending; The Life Of Objects

Book: The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide To Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids, Without Turning Into a Tiger

Genre: Parent advice book

Elevator pitch: The opposite of Tiger Mom

Will it be a movie?: No

Goes best with: Organic, non-GMO anything

Number of pages: 352 pages

Comparables: No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids; Bad Mother

Book: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Genre: Magical realism

Elevator pitch: A death row inmate's reimagining of where he is with fantastical elements, questioning who convicts are

Will it be a movie?: Not yet

Book club questions: Right here

Goes best with: Whatever you want to indulge in

Number of pages: 256 pages

Comparables: Night Circus; The House of the Spirits

Book: The Good Luck Of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Genre: Fiction

Elevator pitch: A man's journey to find himself (possibly within Buddhism) after his mother, who he's lived with for 38 years, passes away

Will it be a movie?: Of course

Book club questions: Right here

Number of pages: 304 pages

Comparables: Amy Falls Down; Lowboy

Book: Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

Genre: War memoir

Elevator pitch: A picture of the mental health struggles soldiers go through once they return home, and how it affects family, friends and the rest of their lives

Will it be a movie?: Probably

Book club questions: Right here

Number of pages: 272 pages

Comparables: The Untold War; The Things They Cannot Say