With all the exciting books coming out every week, it can be easy to get distracted by the new and shiny. But just because a new book is available now doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your reading life or for your book club.
When it comes to book clubs, the backlist has a lot going for it. “Backlist” means “not newly published.” (New titles are referred to as “frontlist.”) Because backlist titles have been out for a while, it’s easier to get a sense of whether a book will make for good discussion and if it will work for your group. They also tend to have shorter wait times at the library and are less likely to be on backorder.
Even so, the dizzying array of backlist options can be overwhelming, so we turned to the team behind Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next and asked them for great book club recs that aren’t brand new.
We are a team of readers—hardly a meeting goes by without adding at least one book to our collective TBRs—with a variety of tastes and interests, so there’s something for everyone here. (If you want my book club picks, check out our upcoming selections for the MMD Book Club. We feature a mix of frontlist and backlist titles there.)
If you’re interested in hearing more of the MMD team’s recommendations, check out What Should I Read Next episode 253: A whole bunch of book recs, from our team of readers to you and episode 268: Our team’s best books of the year.
What backlist titles has your book club particularly enjoyed? Tell us in the comments section!