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Andrea had asked about book club books on Twitter, and since I have a list of books, I thought I would post, even though she was mostly asking M. (Is it butting in when the post is on Twitter?) :)

Here are the books that our book club has read that I would recommend.  Either they were good, great, or at least they sparked interesting discussions. I removed books that I didn't like or didn't lead to good discussions.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society   Shaffer and Barrows
Water for Elephants   Sara Gruen
The Help    Kathryn Stockett
Mistress of the Art of Death    Ariana Franklin
The Dragon Tattoo   Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games  Suzanne Collins
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand    Helen Simonson
Flowers for Algernon  Daniel Keyes
The Tigers Wife   Tea Obreht
State of Wonder   Ann Patchett
The Snow Child   Euowyn Ivey
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother   Amy Chua
Those Who Save Us   Jenna Blum
The Night Circus   Erin Morgenstern
The Secret Keeper    Kate Morton
The Fault in our Stars   John Green
The 19th Wife   David Ebershoff
Wonder   RJ Palacio
Beautiful Ruins  Jess Water
Persuasion   Jane Austen
Olive Kitteridge    Elizabeth Strout (I debated removing this, but it did spark good discussions)
David and Goliath  Malcolm Gladwell
The Book Thief    Markus Zusak
Gone Girl   Gillian Flynn
The Orphan Master’s Son   Adam Johnson

 

Date: 2015-01-13 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shemmelle.livejournal.com
I see no bold?

I wish I knew where to go to join a book club...not that I need any help in the reading department lol.

Date: 2015-01-23 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightly-woven.livejournal.com
LOL. I started bolding and was bolding so much, it felt ridiculous.

I really enjoyed all these:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Shaffer and Barrows
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Mistress of the Art of Death Ariana Franklin
The Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson
State of Wonder Ann Patchett
The Snow Child Euowyn Ivey
Those Who Save Us Jenna Blum
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
The Secret Keeper Kate Morton
The Fault in our Stars John Green
Wonder RJ Palacio
Beautiful Ruins Jess Water
Persuasion Jane Austen
David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The Orphan Master’s Son Adam Johnson

Date: 2015-01-13 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swedepea.livejournal.com
I thought I would post, even though she was mostly asking M. (Is it butting in when the post is on Twitter?) :)

Not butting in at all! But, with only 140 characters, can only tag so many people. I was kinda hoping/assuming you'd see it, too, since I know you also follow her. ;-)

Date: 2015-01-13 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eattheolives.livejournal.com
Definitely not butting in!

That's a great list. Kinda makes me wish I was in a bookclub ( but in practice, I know I'd get annoyed at "having" to read things.)

Date: 2015-01-13 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swedepea.livejournal.com
Oh, if I'm not interested, I just don't read them. Or if we don't like them, we all usually abandon them at some point along the way. That's what happened with this month's book ("Skippy Dies"). I think only one person persevered to the end, and regretted having spent so much time on it. Everyone else was like "I hated it and quit." ;-)

Date: 2015-01-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shemmelle.livejournal.com
That is such an encouraging title and all I can think about is a Australian Childrens Tv Show called Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.

So basically the title of that book would have made me go "No. Not reading about a beloved childhood institution/animal dying" Although I'm sure it's not about that.

Date: 2015-01-14 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swedepea.livejournal.com
Haha! Fair enough!

Skippy is a 14 year old boy. Basically most of the book was waaaaay too much time inside adolescent boys' minds and/or kind of depressing and/or following some adults who were making lots of bad life decisions.

So, you know, if you want to spend 670 pages reading about potty humor, 14 year olds looking at internet porn and talking about blow jobs, teens buying/selling/snorting Ritalin (and who knows what else), and their teachers cheating on their significant others....it's the book for you. If not, I'd give it a pass. ;-)

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