Oh I've been a lazy blogger, as well as a lazy reader! I'm still searching for those great happy book club choices...
For those that love a crackling plot, look no further than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A mystery told alternately by a battling husband and wife, this convoluted plot is full of red herrings and twists. It is almost impossible to put down once you start. Lots of interesting topics to discuss at book club about the relations between the sexes!
For some nonfiction, try Quiet by Susan Cain. It's about the motivations of introverts, and what they bring to the world. Then the book club can check in with their introverted members to get their take on the subject! Another non fiction choice is Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. In this wise and honest book she interweaves stories and practical advice.
If you love bookstores, you may go crazy over Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane. This is The Da Vinci Code for book nerds! I enjoyed thinking about the evolution of searching for information, and the changing publishing world. I also loved how just like in a fairy tale, the hero Clay succeeds in his quest not because he is strongest or smartest, but because he is a good friend who can assemble a team for a quest.
The book whose language and characters have stayed in my head the most is Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues. I can hear the narrator Sid Griffiths speaking in his slang about his jazz band in World War II Europe. The language can be a little daunting, so I checked out a bookcd. That way the words flowed into my brain, and I didn't get hung up on a meaning of a particular word. Just like listening to Shakespeare, I relaxed, and the meaning flowed in.
These books aren't "funny haha", and in fact Half Blood Blues and Gone Girl are sad. Paired with some good friends, wine and conversation, however, I promise that you will have a happy ending to your reading.