5 Must-Reads For Your Summer Book Club

Is your book club puzzling about what to read next? Never fear, we’ve got you covered! Here are five book club recommendations for book clubs of all tastes and styles.

And yes, you can get these books at Cream & Amber. If you buy or order 2+ copies for a book club, you get 15% off! This discount applies all year round, for any book. Happy Reading!

For the book club that likes to read the book before the TV show comes out:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I just finished reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and I was seriously awed by her ability to write deeply about families and the hidden dynamics at work in people’s lives. Little Fires Everywhere is her newest novel, and from reviews I’ve seen, it’s brimming with the same depth, emotions, and family drama. Just in case you need more reasons to read it, this book is out in paperback now and is also currently being made into a Hulu TV series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

For the book club that wants something on the lighter side:
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This is a perfect feel-good beach read for those who are looking for a bit of an escape. The set up? Olive and Ethan, who are sworn enemies, score a free trip to Hawaii when Olive’s just-married sister and her groom get food poisoning. A little white lie turns into a big ruse and Olive and Ethan have to pretend they are honeymooning newlyweds. A recipe for disaster…or for love.

What makes this book even cuter is that it’s written by best friends Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs (together their pen name is Christina Lauren). Best friends writing books together?? How fun is that?

For the book club that loves to learn:
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

A customer recently special ordered this book, and I’m so glad they did. Perez brings to light the often overlooked fact that data in our society - everything from medical research to traffic patterns - has been designed around males. This has extremely frightening consequences in women’s daily lives, and it’s something we can all benefit from learning more about and discussing together. This is an essential and important read for everyone.

For the book club that wants to break out of general fiction:
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

If your book club stays safely within general, realistic fiction, I urge you to break out of the mold a little. I would classify Future Home of the Living God as speculative fiction - it has a dystopian twist but still feels eerily realistic, like something that’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. It explores what happens in the life of a young woman, Cedar Hawk Songmaker, when evolution begins reversing itself.

As women begin giving birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans, Cedar, who is pregnant herself, searches for her birth parents to better understand her own beginnings. The slow unraveling of the world around Cedar is a frightening look at the controls humans might put in place if our existence is threatened.

For the book club that loves to drink beer:
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal (out 7/23/19)

A book about beer that takes place in Minnesota? I’m all in! This book by MN native J. Ryan Stradal takes us into the lives of Helen and Edith, sisters whose relationship splintered when their father left the entire inheritance to Helen. With the proceeds, Helen builds a successful brewery and Edith is left out. Years later, will they resolve their differences or will beer continue to be a touchy subject? This is a perfect book to get together and discuss at Cream & Amber over a few pints!