• The cover of the book Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    The best advice I got about this book was to read nothing about it before I started, in order to avoid serious spoilers. So, with that in mind, I will only tell you that this is the story of four children who attend an exclusive and mysterious boarding school in the English countryside. As adults, three of the characters reconnect to piece together their past and discover what it was that made them—and their school—so special.

     
  • The cover of the book A Little Life

    A Little Life

    This is an epic and haunting story of four friends who move to New York after college. Over the decades, we observe their relationships deepen and fray, as the dark forces of addiction, success, pride, and trauma take their toll. As one Silent Book Club member wrote, “A Little Life broke me in so many ways. It broke my heart, my mind, my spirit, my eyes…” Brace yourself and clear your calendar. You’re going to need some recovery time from this one.

     
  • The cover of the book Me Before You

    Me Before You

    On a lighter note, while Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You isn’t exactly uplifting, it’s a love story that will give you all the feels. Louisa Clark is a small-town girl who takes a much-needed job caring for Will Traynor, who’s bound to a wheelchair. Before his accident, Will was a golden boy—extreme sports, world travel, power broker, the works. Now he can no longer see the point of living, and Louisa has to convince him otherwise.

     
  • The cover of the book The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Dying teenagers in love. I mean, that’s been a winning formula since Shakespeare conceived of Romeo and Juliet, so we’re not covering new territory here. But John Green has such a knack for character development and dialogue that you feel like you’re reading about star-crossed lovers for the first time all over again. The movie didn’t make me cry. The book? OMG. Floods of tears. Park a box of tissues nearby.

     
  • The cover of the book Henry, Himself

    Henry, Himself

    Newly retired 75-year-old Henry looks back on his life, full of questions with no answers. Henry has spent his life trying to do all the right things as a son, husband, soldier, and churchgoer, but as time marches on, he begins to wonder if this is all there is. With his children distant and only his wife and dog to keep him company, Henry feels as if the world has passed him by—but what feels like an ending could surprise him.