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Friday, October 5, 2012

I Love my Book Club!

Last week my book club met as usual and we discussed The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. And for the first time in a long time, we had a new member! After the book discussion, we had a great time recommending books to her! We were mostly recommending books we've previously read in book club. We didn't know anything about her except that if she wants to be a book club, she must like book club type books. What are book club type books? Well, they're usually mainstream (not as many genre books and if they are genre books, they're truly exceptional ones that transcend their genre. In fact we mentioned that a few of the genre books we suggested to her are found in the general fiction section at bookstores), they're fairly literary although not too difficult/dense, and they have interesting and controversial topics, preferably a lot of them.

So I thought I'd share our list here of books our book club has loved. We did not have the master list at this meeting (our fearless leader wasn't able to attend) so we were using my Goodreads list, but that means if I didn't go to book club one month, that book isn't listed. Oh well - I've been in this book club for 8 years and I've attended every meeting that I reasonably could. I think in all that time I've only missed 2 meetings when I was in town.

While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Don't forget, October is National Reading Group Month! Want more info? Click here.

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