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We love participating in our reading challenges with you as an online book club! But, we know that many of our readers participate in local book clubs as well. Some readers use the year-long challenges to guide their book club, but many make their own selections monthly and are looking for the top book club books for 2023.
One of the trickiest parts of a successful meeting comes down to making thought-provoking book club book selections. You’ll want titles that will be enjoyable but have enough depth to provide great discussion. It’s ideal when a book can elicit emotions and be relatable to members in different ways.
For this list, we focused on good book club books published in 2022 or scheduled to be published in 2023. We think these will be some of the most popular new books among book clubs. We hope the list makes it easier for your club to make book selections for the upcoming year!
Early next year, we’ll also share our favorite picks from the prior few years because there have been so many gems we don’t want you to miss!
Literary Fiction vs. Contemporary Fiction
We’ve noted the genre of each book on the list below. Most genres are self-explanatory, but others can get easily confused. We wanted to clear up a couple of definitions to help you pick the best books for your club’s preferences:
- What is Contemporary Fiction? Stories that could happen to real people in real settings, and that take place in the same time period the reader is living in.
- What is Literary Fiction? Whereas contemporary fiction novels tend to be plot-driven, literary fiction is more character-driven; the overall tone is introspective.
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Book Club Books Published in 2023
Book Club Books Published in 2022
2023 Reading Challenges
Our annual reading challenges are great for book clubs! We’ve had many groups successfully use our yearly challenges with their corresponding monthly book recommendations to guide their groups throughout the year.
The 2023 Challenge details will be released the week of 11/28/22-12/2/22. Just sign up in the box below to learn more!