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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.
2. You have introduced me to topics, that I’m sure I wouldn’t have picked up on my own.
3. You have taken me to places I’ve never been …
…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.
5. You have made me stick with a book I might otherwise have set down, and ultimately made me grateful for the reading opportunity.
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
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