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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club If I Had One!

Besides YA books, I’d say my most read category would have to be Adult Historical Fiction- dual timeline novels specifically. So, these are the books I’d recommend most for an adult book club! I’m only including books I’ve read and that I think lend themselves to discussion.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is my FAVORITE author and you really can’t go wrong with any of her four books! But The Secret Keeper is a great place to start; Laurel witnesses a shocking crime on her 16th birthday involving her mother that haunts her through adulthood. The past story focuses on her mother Dorothy in WWII era England and it’s a doozy. Twists, tragedy, consequences, family secrets. All ripe for gasps and discussion!

Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

Set in Australia, this is the story of a young woman whose dreams are shattered; she inherits a sheep farm from her late grandmother and ends up delving into her grandmother’s past. It’s another juicy, thought-provoking, romantic, and tragic dual timeline novel with issues of race, money, and love. Lots to puzzle over.


Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

I didn’t love this book but I was fascinated by it. It is told in 5 parts, by 5 different characters, which I enjoyed. The writing was beautiful and descriptive in a way that made you feel what everyone were experiencing, which wasn’t always pleasant. The characters were layered with many secrets, but the book filled me with anxiety and dread! It’s great for discussion and debate though, especially the ending.


Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell

Just a straight up fantastic historical debut! Set in 11th century England, Emma of Normandy is a queen that is not terribly well-known but should be. The book is described as “A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen” and it lives up to every word. Emma is strong and interesting and I really enjoyed learning about this period of English history. It’s volatile and treacherous, and very exciting. The secondary characters and setting shine as well.



The Legacy by Katherine Webb

It should be obvious by now that I am drawn to any story “for fans of Kate Morton”. This is a book that I still think about; it made me sad and felt melancholy but I liked the characters and didn’t find the mystery obvious at all. I preferred the storyline with Erica and Beth’s great-grandmother but the present day storyline had its intrigues too. It will make you think about the power of your choices, family, and what you would do for love.


Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

I read a lot of books like Morning Glory- present day heroine with some guilty or tragic backstory who stumbles upon a parallel woman’s story from years past. It’s a great formula and I’m always sucked in. I’d definitely recommend this book if you HAVEN’T read as many of them as I have. It felt formulaic to me but I enjoyed the unique Seattle houseboat setting and again, lots of great topics for discussion- infidelity, grief, second families, etc.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I imagine a lot of people have read this, especially recently, but this would be a really FUN book club choice! Especially if you could watch episode 1 of the tv series afterwards :) I adore the historical setting and Claire Fraser’s place in it. And just think of the questions you could ask: Frank or Jamie? Is Claire an adulterer? Could you survive as a modern woman in a time where women did not have roles or power? Plus there are all those steamy scenes to dissect too ;) I loooove this series.


Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

This would make the most excellent miniseries or tv show; it is the story of Thea, a Jewish slave in 1st century Rome and it’s fantastic! Very readable even if you don’t read a lot of historical fiction. The opening scene captivated me immediately and the characters pulled me in faster than I would have thought possible. They were complex and interesting, and loving and vicious- they were real people. I also adored the setting- it was rich and vivid in detail yet pleasing to read. It’s also extremely cinematic! I could picture it all so easily. Would be fun to “cast” the movie and discuss life in ancient Rome.



I also love contemporary romance, books I like to describe as romantic comedies: if they were a movie, I’d watch them all the time! So these two choices from Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite authors, would be fun too!

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Ironically this movie isn’t very good but the book is! Becky Bloomwood is like a modern-day British I Love Lucy. The capers and hijinks she gets herself into because of her shopping addiction are hilarious and oh-so-embarrassing. She’s charming, easy to relate to, and a lot of fun. Plus her love interest is dreamy and the secondary characters are great! A really fun choice and great series.


I’ve Got Your Number

This is my favorite standalone Kinsella book! Again, it’s cringeworthy but hilarious and has a goofy but fun premise: Poppy loses her engagement ring and cell phone but finds a lost phone in the trash. Well, the owner of said phone would like it back and they begin a madcap texting relationship until everything can be sorted out. She did a great job of evolving the characters and their relationships in a believable way as well… I adored Sam :) There is definitely more substance to Kinsella’s novels than you might think at first, even if they do end in satisfying ways. It’d be fun to discuss what YOU would do in Poppy’s situation!



Morgan @ Gone with the Words

15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club If I Had One!”

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    Literary Feline

    I love your list! I read my first Sarah Jio book this past December and am anxious to try more by her. Morning Glory sounds like it is a good one. On the surface, I wouldn’t think of Confessions of a Shopaholic as a good book club pick, but after having read it, I definitely agree with you. It is funny and entertaining and worth spending a book club session chatting about–and a good reminder of why I should use the library and not buy so many books. LOL

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    Oooooh! Outlander would be a GREAT book club pick. So much to talk about! I’d imagine it might need multiple book club meetings to cover it all, but it’d be worth it. ;)

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    You know, I’ve read one Kate Morton book but I wasn’t really a fan. This book, however, sounds awesome. I think I read The Forgotten Garden. I just couldn’t do it. No idea why. I’ve heard of a lot of these but honestly haven’t read a single one (and yes…that means I haven’t read Outlander. I’m scared! It gets all this hype. What if I don’t like it??). I’m sure I’ll try to change that soon.

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    Georgie Lee

    Outlander is on my TBR shelf but I haven’t read it yet. I’m going to have to check out Mistress of Rome. I hadn’t heard of it before but I love ancient Rome.

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    Alyssa @ Swept Away By Books

    So I pretty much just go through your historical fiction shelf on goodreads and add everything that you read and love because our tastes are so similar. I LOVE this post because it gave me a few more with your reasons behind it :)

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    Lindsey @ Bring My Books


    So I think you already know how absolutely in love with this post I am – it’s pretty much perfect from the first book to the last!

    So here goes: Secret Keeper yyyeeesssssssss (need new book now please?!?), Wildflower Hill oh my goodness I could not have loved this book more, even though it broke my heart into a million pieces, Tigers in Red Weather the writing was amazing but wooooowwww that fifth viewpoint just freaked me out so much!!, Shadow on the Crown I just recently purchased this book and can’t wait to read it!!!, The Legacy exact same feelings as you!, Morning Glory I’m so glad you said that about it being formulaic (but still good) because that was my concern!, Outlander gggiiirrrrrllll you know all about my Outlander feels, and Mistress in Rome you’ve piqued my curiosity, will check that out soon!

    *phew* Had a lot to say, obviously. Great post, Morgan! I hope you convince someone on the fence to read some of these amazing books! :D

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    Amber Elise

    I don’t know why but the idea of book clubs just give me anxiety. Pretty sure that’s just me though.

    And dude, I wasn’t even aware of how DENSE Outlander was!

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