New book club shortlist

BOOK CLUB | 2018

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. This time the shortlist contains a selection of books from’s top 100 bestsellers.

If you’re local to St Albans and want to come along to our monthly book club you can reserve your place on meetup. If you can’t join us in person; we’ll post each time we’re reading a new book….and you’re very welcome to get involved by commenting on the blog post to let us know what you thought of the book.

Here’s our latest book club shortlist:

  1. Close to Home by Cara Hunter 
    Eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying…And that Daisy’s time is running out. 400 pages
  2. Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton
    Life can feel like it’s moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides – we find ourselves frazzled, lost and sometimes blue. Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other, and in this book you’ll find little steps that to help you unlock that inner happiness. 272 pages
  3. How to be Champion by Sarah Millican
    Sarah’s debut book delves into her super normal life with funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips. If you’ve ever worn an off-the-shoulder gown with no confidence, lived in your childhood bedroom in your thirties, been gloriously dumped in a Frankie and Benny’s, cried so much you felt great, worn leggings two days in a row even though they smelt, then this is your book. If you haven’t done those things but you just want to laugh on a train/sofa/toilet or under your desk at work, this is the book. 304pages
  4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    In Shaker Heights, a placid suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is play by the rules. Enter single mother Mia who arrives with her daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. When friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost. 400 pages
  5. Never Greener by Ruth Jones
    This debut novel shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost. When Kate was twenty-two, she had a passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak.. Seventeen years later, Kate is married to Matt and is mother to Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, watching their kids grow up. The past is behind them. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they‘re faced with a choice: to walk away or to risk finding out what might have been. 416pages
  6. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
    When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. The death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. This book is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes. Soon to be a film. 528 pages

  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
    It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger who has come across her name in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. 272 pages
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude she will be hanged. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs. 336 pages
  9. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
    In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink. Waiting in line to be tattooed was a young girl. For Lale it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure that the girl did too. So begins a life-affirming, courageous, and unforgettable human story of the Holocaust. 288 pages
  10. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
    She was 15, her mother’s golden girl. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is his 9-year-old daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide? 448 pages
  11. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
    Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary tells you everything about life on and off the hospital ward. 256 pages
  12. Together by Julie Cohen
    Robbie and Emily they have been together for years. Now, their joints are creaking and their eyesight is failing – but their love for each other is as fresh and fierce as the day they first met. They lived a full and happy life. But they have been keeping a secret since the day they met. Over the years, the sacrifices and choices they made have sealed their fates together. Did they do the right thing? Read their story, and you decide. 352 pages

I hope there might be a book or two in this list which sparks your interest. If you’d like more book suggestions please visit our book club page >  If you’ve read a good book recently, I’d love to know what it is [pop a comment on this post]. And if you’re local to St Albans, you’re very welcome to join our Women Aloud St Albans book club >

Happy reading. x

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