I am halfway through The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I am really enjoying it - it seems a natural choice for a first book club selection!
Here's a synopsis from Amazon -
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance."
For future discussions, members will decide together on future selections, so bring your ideas!
And, please know that this is a low-key book club. No need to fear if you didn't finish the book or don't have anything terribly academic to remark on during the discussion. Shared readings are just a forum for a group of people to get together and get to know one another! It'll be a great time :)