The top 10 books for book clubs begin with "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Help," "Blue Coyote Motel," "Cornered Coyote," and "Beyond Bridalveil Fall." The list continues with "The Book Thief," "The Glass Castle," "This Changes Everything," "Phenomena: The Lost and Forgotten Children" and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," according to Goodreads.
Some alternatives to the Goodreads top 10 include books that span a number of genres, from speculative fiction to historical fiction.
"Bella Cora" by Phillip Margulies, for example, tells the story of the daughter of a New York merchant who went on to lead a colorful life encompassing everything from murder to prostitution.
"The Last Man Standing" by Davide Longo is a speculative fiction novel that focuses on one man's battle to save those close to him from an increasingly brutal post-apocalyptic society.
"Dominion" by C.J. Sansom transports the reader into an alternative reality where Nazi Germany rules modern Britain.
Other recommended books include "The Painter" by Peter Heller, a story about an artist trying to escape his past, and "Astoria," a non-fiction book by Peter Stark, which delves into the fates of some of the first explorers and colonists to land in North America in 1810. Many suffered and died, but the survivors ultimately went on to have a profound influence on the development of a nation.