Monthly Book Club Theme Ideas For Any Book Club

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**Update March 2022** I am no longer doing this monthly book club, though you can join my Facebook group to share memes and ask questions and whatnot.

I decided to update this post with just a ton of other monthly book club theme ideas and you can kind of build-your-own book club. I’ve kept the months in here and just added alternate theme ideas so there is more than one per month to choose from.

Of course, things can be swapped around between months to make it perfect for you, these are just some ideas.

If I haven’t linked to a whole list post under the quick suggestions, there will be one coming this year. I’ve got a mountain of drafts and these are all in on that mountain.

A lot of these are overlapping and could work for multiple themes so there’s even more mixing and matching you can do!

I also like to think there’s a good variety of genres for the different themes and in each theme, too, YA, adult, fiction, non-fiction, all that. This way there is something for everyone but plenty to choose from if you want to try reading new things, too.

  • If you want to listen to some of these, consider trying Audible! You can get your first month free (one free book) plus tons of others they have for free.  Get that Audible deal here.
  • If you’re on more of a budget, try Scribd!  You can get your first month free there. You can read books and listen to audiobooks. It is unlimited (especially the reading) but if you listen to tons of new audiobooks you may be restricted after a few. I don’t listen to enough to confirm this, but I do use Scribd myself and like it a lot. Sign up for Scribd here!
  • Shop my collection of bookish goodies on Etsy! These aren’t my shop items, but other shops I’ve curated into a book-themed collection. Shop my Etsy bookish goodies here!
  • If you want to read more on your Kindle but don’t want to buy books, Kindle Unlimited is a wonderful option. It’s $9.99 a month but if you read a lot and like to read more than just new releases, it could be worth it. Get Kindle Unlimited here!
  • Get $5 off of $25 from BookOutlet! This is a great place to find new books for pretty cheap. They also have sales quite a bit, so keep an eye out for those. I tend to check here for books I want if they’re more expensive other places. They don’t have everything but they do have a lot. Shop BookOutlet here!
  • Thrift Books has become my go-to when I’m looking for a book and want it cheap. It’s great if you like buying used books. With this you can get a free book after spending $30!
  • Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my book lists here.
  • Shopping internationally? Check out Book Depository!

Here I’ve given each month’s theme with a few different options on what to read for that theme! It gives you options if you’ve read one or more of them and maybe you can read more than one if you want.


OWN Voices novel

I made a whole list that you can find here.

Snowy thriller

You can find my whole list of winter thrillers here.

Book set in Japan


Solo female travel memoir

You can find a few more ideas from what I read in August 2020. I wrote a home post about solo female travel memoirs, too.

Book about moving abroad

Book about a TV show


Graphic novel

You can find more graphic novel suggestions here. And allllllll the ones I read in March here.

Peace Corps memoir

Here you can find a ton more Peace Corps memoirs to choose from.

Book turned movie


YA dystopian

You can find a million more dystopian books here.

Locked-room Mystery

Find more locked-room mysteries here.

Book about magic/with magical powers


Set in a state you haven’t visited

This will obviously be different for everyone but I have a list that will help you find one easily! Here is my 50 states reading challenge where you can find 3-8 books set in each state.

Book written in an unusual format

Book that starts with the letter M


Historical fiction set in the Middle East

Book about sailing around the world

Here are even more books about sailing around the world.

Book set in Brazil

Don’t like these? I’ve got more books about Brazil for you!


Set in the South Pacific

See more South Pacific books here.

True survival story

Read even more true survival stories here.

Book with a stormy setting

Find more books for a stormy day here.


Fairytale retelling by an author of color

These aren’t all specifically fairytale retellings, but retellings of myths, folklore, fairytales and other things like that.

YA fiction about traveling in Europe

Find more books like Love and Gelato here.

YA summer book


Book about food

You can see more suggestions on books about food here (specifically foodie travel).

YA thriller

Space book (fiction or non-fiction)


Set in a haunted house

Find more haunted house books here.

Book about Witches

Find more perfectly witchy books here.

Horror that isn’t Steven King

Find more actually scary books here.


Nordic Noir

You can find suggestions for this month AND next month in my Finland, Iceland, and Greenland book posts. They aren’t all Nordic Noir, but I usually mention if they are.

Non-Violent true crime

Find more non-violent true crime books here. Books about the felonious arts are for sure one of my favorite genres.

Book set in Norway

Find more Norwegian books here.


Set in a snowy location

Here are some snowy books (lots of cozy and romance on this list if that’s your thing).

Book set in Antarctica

Mountaineering book

There you have it! 36 whole monthly book club themes to choose from to build the perfect book club ever!

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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