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7 Important Reasons Why I Love Book Clubs

I’ve been in book clubs for a number of years, and recently I’ve had the opportunity to visit with other book clubs as an author. The more time I spend in the company of smart readers, the more reasons I love being around them. This blog is dedicated to all those women who’ve been in my book clubs over the years.

How do I love thee, book clubs? Let me count the ways.

1. You have brought stories into my life that I might never have otherwise chosen to read.The Interestings Defending Jacob





2. You have introduced me to topics, that I’m sure I wouldn’t have picked up on my own.

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3. You have taken me to places I’ve never been …

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…and given me a new slant on history.

4. You have helped me realize that it’s okay when a group of smart readers disagrees about a book.

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5. You have made me stick with a book I might otherwise have set down, and ultimately made me grateful for the reading opportunity.

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6. You have filled my shelves, and my Kindle, and my brain, with all sorts of intriguing facts, voices, and reasons to think about the world we live in.

7. And finally, you have been an interesting group of women: an AP English teacher, a body builder, a CPA, an entrepreneur, a genetic scientist, an interior designer, a journalist, a real estate broker, a veterinarian…just to name a few of you. You are all such intriguing real-life characters, and you’ve each made my life so much richer as you’ve shared your personal stories and your thoughts about the books we’ve read.

You have taught me that we are all unique, and we each see the world from a different perspective, and each perspective is valid.

Below I’ve included a random and eclectic list of 50 of the books I’ve read as a member of book clubs over the past several years.

I’d love to hear your book club experience, and what you’re currently reading…please feel free to comment!

And if you’re looking for an author to visit with your book club (via Skype or in person, depending on where you’re located), please send me a message via my contact link.

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Now go read some great books~here are my 50 random and eclectic reads from book clubs over the years:

And the Mountains Echoed ~ Khaled Hosseini 

Beautiful Ruins ~ Jess Wlaters 

The Birth of Venus ~ Sarah Dunant 

Burial Rites ~ Hannah Kent 

Dear Life ~ Alice Munro 

Defending Jacob ~ William Landay 

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight ~ Alexandra Fuller 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog ~ Muriel Barbery 

Everything I Never Told You ~ Celeste Ng 

The Fig Eater ~ Jody Shields 

A Fine Balance ~ Rohinton Mistry 

Freakonomics ~ Steven D. Levitt/Stephen J. Dubner 

The Glass Castle ~ Jeannette Walls 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ~ Mary Ann Shaffer/Annie Barrows 

High Flyer ~ Susan Howatch 

The Historian ~ Elizabeth Kostova 

The Interestings ~ Meg Wolitzer 

The Invention of Wings ~ Sue Monk Kidd 

The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini 

The Lacuna ~ Barbara Kingsolver 

The Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel 

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter ~ Kim Edwards 

The Middle Place ~ Kelly Corrigan 

Mountains Beyond Mountains ~ Tracy Kidder 

Never Let Me Go ~ Kazuo Ishiguro 

The Obituary Writer ~ Ann Hood 

The Omnivore’s Dilemma ~ Michal Pollan 

One Thousand White Women ~ Jim Fergus 

The Orphan Train ~ Christina Baker Kline 

The Painted Veil ~ W. Somerset Maugham 

Peace Like a River ~ Leif Enger 

Pope Joan ~ Donna Woolfolk Cross 

Rebecca ~ Daphne Du Maurier 

A Reliable Wife ~ Robert Goolrick 

The Runaway Wife ~ Rowan Coleman 

Sarah’s Key ~ Tatiana De Rosnay 

Serena ~ Ron Rash 

Snobs ~ Julian Fellowes 

Suite Française ~ Irene Némirovsky 

The Tenth of December ~ George Saunders 

The Thirteenth Tale ~ Diane Setterfield 

Unaccustomed Earth ~ Jhumpa Lahiri 

Undaunted Courage ~ Stephen E. Ambrose 

Under the Banner of Heaven ~ Jon Krakauer 

An Unquiet Mind ~ Kay Redfield Jamison 

Water for Elephants ~ Sara Gruen 

What I Loved ~ Siri Hustvedt 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? ~ Maria Semple 

Wild ~ Cheryl Strayed 

The Zookeeper’s Wife ~ Diane Ackerman

 Congratulations! As your reward for making it all the way to the bottom of my list, I’m letting you in on a little-known fact: the Kindle version of my novel, The Damnable Legacy of A Minister’s Wife, is on sale through Mother’s Day for just $0.99!





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