The Best 11 Book Club Reads EVER!!!

Yes, that’s right – 11! For two reasons: 1) I couln’t narrow it down to ten 2) I thought 11 was an interesing enough number that would get your attention (it worked, didn’t it?) 😉

Now that’s out of the way, I will explain that these 11 books are the best book club reads in my opinion. Over the years I have been a member of a few bookclubs – both online and face-to-face and I have tried to include books that got the most stimulation discussions. Some were so fantastic for debate that we were discussing them for weeks or even months afterward, some of them were loved by some and hated by others but all provided lively chat and food for thought.

Here I am sharing some of my favourites with you.

 

The Big 13

1) First up is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This is the book that made our book club run well over time and was still being rased and talked about and compared for months after we read it. It is an utterly fantastic book. I found Shrivers style took me a while to get into the flow of the book at first, but once I found my rythem I couldn’t put it down. The book is about a teenage boy called Kevin who kills a number of his class-mates in a shool killing. The story is narrated by Kevin’s mother who writes a series of letters to her husband who is no longer with her and she talks of before Kevin was born and how she felt when she got pregnant and when Kevin was born through to the aftermath of the killings.

What makes this such an interesting book is the nature vs nurture debate. Kevin’s mum admits that she wasn’t especially maternal and never quite bonded with Kevin as a baby. There was a clear divide in our group that we didn’t realise towards the end of the discussion: most of the members who were parents blamed the mum, and most of those who were not parents thought Kevin had been born that way (me included). There is no clear answer to this question and one of the most interesting things is deciding what you believe based on the evidence.

A seriously great book for a book club and a twist at the end that will have you gasp out loud (I guarantee it!). Please, please let me know what you think if you read this – I’d love to know your take on it.

 

 

2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusac is next up. I have read this book with both online and face-to-face book clubs and it got the same reaction at both – most people loved it!

This book is narrated by Death and follows the story of a young girl, Liesl, who growing up in Germany in WW2 . She is orphaned and sent to live with a family on Himmel Street. The book brilliantly captures living during such a difficult time, with a family who aren’t hers, through hiding a Jew in the cellar, through watching people she loves die. She also steals books wherever she can (as they are so scarce). The relationships in this book are so brilliantly drawn that most people (even grown men) admitted to shedding a tear or two at the end (me? I bawled my head off!).

Makes a great discussion and again was one that lingered through subsequent months.

 

3) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. OK, I confess that I haven’t actually read this as part of a group but there were quite a few people reading it at the same time as me on various blogs and there were some fantastic discussions going on in the blogosphere about this book.

Set in the 1940’s, on the eve of the NHS in rural England, a Doctor visits an old stately manor to see a maid who was complaing of stomach pains. When Dr Farrady digged a little further it turned out that the maid wasn’t ill at all but trying to get sent home as she was afraid of things “going bump in the night” (and day!) in the house. Farrady strikes up a friendship with the house members (of whom there are only 3 left) and becomes embroiled in some very strange goings on.

The real taking point is at the end of the book. It appears that Waters has left her readers to make up their own minds about what was really going on in the house but there are some great theories flying around that makes this a good read for debate.

4) Blindness by Jose Saramago is in at #4. I first read this is the Goodreads group The Next Best Book (which has over 5000 members and is run by my lovely friend Lori). I picked it up to read as there was so much discussion and enthusiasm around this book at the time. What a read! I was umprepared to love it so much but I honestly couldn’t put it down.

This book is amazing, incredible, breathtaking. It was recommended to me and once I started it  I was barely able to put it down. This book earned a place in my top 5  books of all time and deservedly so.

The story starts with a man in his car at traffic lights who goes suddenly blind. He is helped home by a stranger, who a few hours later also goes blind. Within a few days the blindness has spread round half the city and also those afflicted are herded up by the government into a disused mental assylum and left alone. The wards quickly become overrun with filth and chaos ensues. In the middle of this, though, we get to know a handful of characters very well and it is really their story that we follow through the neverending days, lack of food and riots. The whole story is told through long paragraphs of uunbroken text. There are no quotation marks, hardly any punctuation and none of the characters are given names. But it works!

This book has so much to discuss and I also read it with my face-to-face group and it sparked real mixed reviews which made a great talking point. One of my favourite books!

 

5) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. I read this with my group many years ago but it still sticks in my mind. The whole group, without exception, loved it and was very moved by it.

It is set in WW1 and written from the German point of view. The difference is – there is no difference. Those soldiers had the same fears that our soldiers did, the same hopes and dreams. There is no them and us; only frightened boys on the front line doing as they are told and not really knowing why.

Tender, shocking, tragic and sad but ultimately one of the best books I have read.

 

 

6) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I read this before discussing it at a face-to-face group but was really eager to join in with the discussion. This book had two camps – the lovers and the haters. I was a lover! This book is one of my favourites ever.

Wharton has the most amazing talent to pull me right into her stories as though I am there right with the characters. Starkfield (where the book was set) – brilliant name for such a place; it was just that – freezing, barron, snow-covered, lonely. But this is quite possibly one of the most romantic love-stories I have ever read: it’s so real you can almost touch it. It’s tangible and it’s tragic. This book, despite the fact that it’s only 100 pages long, took me a couple of days to read. I just had to savour every word and re-read passages over again.

It’s clearly not a book for everyone based on the fact that it split the group but it certainly got us talking and debating as to why. Some people found it too bleak, I found it just beautiful.

6) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind is in at six. This is one of the weirdest books I have ever read but also one of the best.

Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of 17th century Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odor he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill.

This book went down really well in our book group (although not everybody liked it). The strangeness of the book was its genius for me. It got a great conversation going – especially the ending (which you will NOT see coming!).

 

7) The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This is another one that I first read for The Next Best Book Club on Goodreads. This one, however, got a completely split reaction: lovers and haters. I LOVED it!

I read this book in a day – I just found it impossible to put down. Although it’s bleak I found it to be written in a gentle, almost dream-like way which I loved. The story is of a man and his son (whose names we never learn) who are travelling south during the harsh, post-apocolyptic winter. They set off along the road with their cart and all their worldly belongings in it. We never find out the reason that the road and the fields and whole cities are burnt and abandoned; we are left the imagine for ourselves if it is due to war, asteroid etc.

It is a fabulous book and whether you love it or hate it I can guarantee that it will spark plenty of discussion – there’s so much to talk about with this book.

8) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Another dystopia novel – they really do generate some great banter though. This is another one that went down really well with out book group; in fact it won “book of the year” the year we read it.

The really interesting thing about this book is that although it is meant to be set in the America of the future (Gilead) it really could be so many countries today (think Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq to name a few). When I first read it back it the early 90’s I took it at face value – I saw a world in the future that I thought was possible. When I read it again 15 years later (and having been exposed to the aftermath of 9/11 and the war in the middle east) I was able to draw so many parallels with the world today.

Thumbs up for this group read!

9) Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I nominated this book for our book group back in 2004 because I was about to go to China on holiday and wanted to read some more of the history. Some people were dubious about reading it as it is such a thick book and it’s non-fiction but it ended up one of the most popluar books were read as a group.

This book is written by Jung Chang and she recounts her life and that of her mother and grandmother before her during some of the most turbulant times in China’s history. Her grandmother was a warlord’s concubine, her mother was in a prominet position in Mao’s communist party before being denounced and Jung herself marched and worked for Mao until the doubts crept in. What these three generations of women lived through is so beyond belief at times that you think that it could only be fiction.

All agreed that this book was well worth the time and it is one that you won’t forget in a hurry either.

 

10) The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. Another one from the face-to-face book group that was enjoyed by pretty much everyone.

This is the story 2 young girls, Kitty and Esme, growing up in the 20’s and 30’s in first colonial India and then in Edinbugh when their parents move back home. They are sisters who share everything and love each other very much yet one is the dutiful, polite, home-maker type and the the other is the slightly rebellious younger sister who wants to stay on at shcool rather than marry a nice boy. After a series of events (which include trying on her Mothers clothes of all things!) and a shocking incident that happens to her, Esme (the younger sister) is sent to a lunatic assylum and dissowned by her own family and where she remains for the next 61 years.

What a discussion this provoked! The rights of women (or lack of them), the things that could get you locked up back then (over half of us agreed that we wouldn’t have stood a chance in those days) and the shame that surrounds supposed mental illness. All that wrapped inside a brilliantly told story.

 

 

11) The bonus book! And I’m cheating with this one as I have never actually read it with a group despite my many pleas over the years. This book is BRILLIANT! It is one of my favourites of all time (in my top 3) – why oh why don’t people want to read this? (I know at least 2 readers of this blog who will back me up on this – Virginie and Lua, help me out with this!)

In The Magus by John Fowles young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, erotic encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. The Magus is a book that really messes with your head –  filled with shocks and chilling surprises and so many twists that every time you think you have it sussed you are thrown way off course again, this book is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

I demand that you all read this book! It is pure brilliance and would make such a fantastic group discussion – the only problem would be where to start!


Some truly great books there for you to check out. I have chosen them as being the ones that created the liveliest debate and discussion as well as being great reads.

Have you read any of the above? Will you share with us all what you thought about them? Do you agree or not agree? And of course, if you do go away and read any of them (in a group or on your own) please do pop back and tell us what you thought – I can’t wait to hear 🙂

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92 thoughts on “The Best 11 Book Club Reads EVER!!!

  1. Let’s see, I’ve read six of these. Four as part of the same book group:

    The Book Thief — thought it was okay, but not bowled over by it (I think I was about the only person in the group who wasn’t).

    Blindness — a book I struggled to get along with.

    The Handmaid’s Tale — which I liked.

    The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox — which I liked very much.

    And two others:

    The Little Stranger — I liked it, but thought it worked better as historical fiction than as a ghost story.

    Perfume — a brilliant book.

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    • I remembered that it was you who didn’t like The Book Thief so much, David. I loved it but I can understand how it’s not for everyone.

      I nominated Blindness at the group. The funny thing was, at the online group read I did, almost everyone loved it but at the book group in Hudds it didn’t get such as warm a reaction. I wonder why that was?

      Esme Lennox and Perfume were great weren’t they?

      Can you remember any others that went down really well or that created really good discussion?

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  2. It’s not that I especially disliked The Book Thief, but everyone else did seem to like it much more.

    I remember findng Blindness difficult to get into, but I don’t really remember why.

    The book I remember provoking the strongest discussion was the one I chose, The Prestige (am I right in remembering that you didn’t think much of it, or was that someone else?). I think Water for Elephants and The Road Home were quite popular (I know I liked both of them, anyway).

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    • I never read The Prestige for some reason (I forget why) but I do remember it having a great discussion. Maybe I should pick that up now you’ve reminded me that it went down well.

      I nominated Water for Elephants too and I remember it went down really well (it almost made my list here too). I loved The Road Home but I didn’t think that it has been so popular with the rest of the group – glad you liked it too, I loved it.

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  3. What a great list!
    The only one I’ve read as part of a book group is Ethan Frome and we agreed that it was a bleak story (and also wanted to see the story as told from the perspective of Zeena, Ethan’s wife)
    I’ve read a few of the others on my own – The Book Thief, The Handmaid’s Tale (favorite book EVER), The Road, and The Little Stranger – and I agree that they would make excellent books for discussion. After I read The Road I wanted to talk to somebody about it.
    The other books are going on to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  4. let’s see… of these, i’ve only read The Book Thief and i adored it. i didn’t read it with a book club, but i can definitely see how it would be a great discussion book.

    i have both We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Road on my bookshelf at home and will hopefully get to them soon.

    i’m hoping that the books we read together in my hosted Readalong will make some list like this! 🙂

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  5. Hey, I am very thankful for the double group name drop 🙂
    And I love this idea – Especially the fact that both Blindness and The Road made your list. I heart Saramago and McCarthy so much it hurts!!

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    • Ha ha, you’re welcome Lori. I intedned to link through to your group but forgot – will go back and do that.

      Yep, Blindness and Ther Road are all down to you – that’s just one of the many reasons I love you! 🙂

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  6. Brilliant post. I was on the fence about a couple books, but am absolutely adding them to my list now!

    All Quiet on the Western Front, Ethan Frome, and the Sarah Waters book specifically. You’ve made them all sound so great!

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  7. I’ve read a few of these. Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite all time books. I think it’s a great book to introduce readers to feminist fiction because it is so accessible. I’ve also read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, and I loved it. I wish my book club had read it. I think that they wold have really enjoyed it. The Book Thief and The Little Stranger are on my to do list-The Little Stranger was nominated for a prize in Britain this year for best fiction by women.

    I tried to read We Need to talk About Kevin, but I just couldn’t get into it. The Road is another one on my list. I want to read it before I watch the movie.

    My book club’s most discussed reads were Loving Frank and Memory Keeper’s Daughter. We really got to talking about our own families and found out some really interesting things about each other.

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    • Heather, I found We Need to Talk About Kevin a little difficult at first too but it really is worth perservering.

      I have read Memory Keepers Daughter too but I haven’t heard of Loving Frank – off to check that out, thanks.

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  8. Great List. I did not really like The Little Stranger but I would have loved to discuss why.
    The Book Thief was awesome!!

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  9. Amazing list Boof! You gave me some great ideas for my “to be read list” 🙂
    I’ve read the “The Book Thief” and I loved the fact that it was narrated by Death, it is a difficult task but the book totally pulls it off!
    I’ve also read the Blindness and the Perfume (I looooved the Perfume) but I have to say my favorite book from your list was the Magus by John Fowles… (I guess it’s kind of obvious when you look at what I’ve chosen as my last name!) 🙂

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  10. I haven’t read any but I have We need to talk about Kevin, Book Thief and Blindness on my TBR list.

    Have you read Still Alice? I highly recommend.

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      • Yes, yes, yes! What great taste you have!

        ‘Kevin’ is my favourite book! I Manage 53 book clubs and it always gets great feedback.

        I also loved Still Alice…..find it….read it.

        Another favourite of mine is ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ by Helen Garner – brilliant contemporary Australian book. Beautifully written – heartbreaking story. Love it!

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      • You manage 53 book clubs????? Wow, I am in awe!

        Kevin is most definitely a book club winner isn’t it?

        I have just bought a copy of Still Alice so I will definitley get on to that soon. And thanks for the rec too – never heard of that book.

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  11. Excellent post – our book club read the first two you have listed here. Sadly, I was about the only one that thought We Need To Talk About Kevin was a great discussion book. Most of our group found it to be too real… too horrifying. I personally found that to be the point.

    I will need to check out some of these other books you listed! 🙂

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    • Kevin is a dark book but you’re right – that was the point. Personally, I loved the shock factor; because it could so easily have (and indeed has) happened.

      Hope you enjoy the others if you read them at your book club, Sheila.

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  12. Hi Boof !! Another great post here !!! I have read “Perfume”, “The Magus”,”Ethan Frome”, “The Litle Stranger”,”The Handmaid’s Tale”which are books I absolutely adored.Great bookclub choices.
    “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” is on my TBR and want to read it soon, it sounds soooooo good.”Blindness” really appeals to me, I have to jot the title down somewhere.”Wild Swans” as well, I wonder if I have it here, I have so many books sometimes I forget, shame on me.
    Reading” the Road” however scares me, sounds so apocaliptic, a friend of me read it not long ago and she called me on the phone to talk about it as she was so distressed by it !!!!I am not sure I can deal with some of it…….
    Have a happy Sunday Boof and thanks again for sharing.

    PS :Arrrrrgh!!!! I can see on my right hand on your blog page the next Syrie James waving at me, I want it so bad !!!!!I am re reading Dracula after twenty years and loving it all over again !
    It will be hard to wait till August.

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    • You and I have such similar taste in books, Virginie, that I think you’d like the others too. The Road is pretty shocking and bleak but it’s written in such a gentle way.

      I haven’t read Dracula yet – I really must!

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  13. This is an excellent list Boof! I’m quite pleased that I’ve read a few of these and have several more on my shelf, waiting to be read. I have to add the others now – All Quiet on the Western Front and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox are the only two I don’t have. Definitely want to read them now, thanks!

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  14. Great list Boof! Have read quite a few of these as book group books, and The Hand Maid’s tale was the second book that Simon (Savidge Reads) and myself chose for our very first book group.

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  16. Ooo this is not helping me narrow down what to choose for Book Club this week! There are 3 of us and we each choose 1 book a month. Currently we are reading ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop and lats month read ‘Firmin’ by Sam Svage- both nice books but didn’t invoke as much discussion as other books we’ve done, so the pressure is really on me now!
    Can’t do We Need to Talk About Kevin as one of our members already read and loves it, and I truly believe book groups should be about discovering things together to add to reading as a creative rather than just a social excercise. The Book Theif really divided us- others loved it, me not so much (so fed up of books that have beutiful plots, characters etc and then have to stick a literary device in, why? You’re not Tarentino, you’re a good writer, why the fancy stuff?) Already read Perfume (enjoyed) Handmaid’s Tale (for A-level, cannot do again) Esme Lennox (heart) and Wild Swans (OMG double heart- the bit where the mum and dad are in different camps and they pass each other whilst on parade every day and just look at each other and that goes on for lke five years and they still love each other at the end of it! weep!). Really really tempted by The Little Stranger, as I love Sarah Water’s victorian books, but one other person I know hated Tipping the Velvet (why? do not understand! But I hate some of the stuff they rave about so fair enough) so don’t want to deal with that. Blindness and Than Framae both sound amazing and All Quiet on the Western Front has been on tbr list forever, but I don’t have copies of them, and feel I should at least make a start on some of the books I already own!

    Help!

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    • That is indeed a dilemma! And I also know that feeling of knowing you should read something you already own but what you really want to do is go out and buy more books! (it’s a disease, I tell ya!)

      I haven’t read any more of Waters books so I can’t comment on those and while The Little Stranger is not one of the best books I have ever read (although I did still really like it) it was more the discussion that came at the end that was great. The ending leaves you really wanting to talk to others who have read about it. I love it when that happens.

      Let me know what you decide – I’m curious!

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  17. My local book club had a fantastic discussion with We Need to Talk about Kevin but the 400+ pages turned off some people and they didn’t show. I think it could have been even more interesting!

    I would have loved to talk about The Book Thief, The Road, and The Handmaid’s Tale with someone.

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  21. The Handmaid’s Tale is probably my favourite book of all time…dark, disturbing and terrifyingly imaginable.

    Also loved The Road, All Quiet on the Western Front and The Book Thief. I’ve got Perfume, Blindness and The Little Stranger on my to-be-read :). (I’ve read – and loved – all of Sarah Waters’ other books.)

    I belong to an online book group, and one at the local library. For the latter, I’m currently reading A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, and it is utterly FANTASTIC!

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    • So happy to see A Fine Balance come up in this discussion! Definitely in my top 3 all time…. May even be my #1. Your list looks great and has several titles now added to my TBR list, thanks!! Loved Blindness, Kevin, Still Alice….. Just finished The Dove Keepers (awesome characters and so well written). The Night Circus also got a big thumbs up from our club. Too many great reads over the past 8 years to list here (having a Still Alice moment) but will have to give my top 5 some thought and come back to you!! Thanks again for your top 11, happy reading all!

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  22. Oh I forgot – I’ve also read Esme Lennox, which I thought was good but not great. However, I highly recommend After You’d Gone, by the same author.

    The book which provoked the most discussion in my online group was Ferney, by James Long. Definitely a Marmite book – some loved it, some hated it (I hated it, but it was great for discussion).

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  24. I’ve read 5 of those. We Need To Talk About Kevin (hated it), The Book Thief (quite good, but not great), The Little Stranger (extremely disappointing), All Quiet On The Western Front (depressing but fantastic), The Road (pretty good, but not enough to it)

    Obviously they are my own opinions, LOL

    i’ve had Wild Swans sitting on my bookshelf for years, and yet haven’t felt moved to read it yet!

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  25. You’ve just reminded me of Ethan Frome, which I used to own but must have lost somewhere along the way. I enjoyed it when I read it in uni, and have added it to my wishlist!

    I’ve also been waffling back and forth about Waters’s The Little Stranger. I see such mixed reviews. But you and I have quite similar taste, so I wonder if I shouldn’t just try it.

    I’ve read 5 others you mentioned, and can see why you chose them. The Book Thief and The Road, especially.

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  26. This is an excellent list as you focus on not what makes a good read but what makes a really good discussion. I’ve read quite a few of these with and without book club. The Road for instance I would never have picked up but the subject matter and the premise led to an incredible conversation. I personally have enjoyed other Lionel Shriver books more, but Kevin poses many moral questions. Really helpful – I’ve got to choose next and have used your list to make a shortlist of 3.

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    • Hi Sally, thanks so much for your comment and I’m so glad you found the list useful. I agree – some of the books that are my favourite don’t always lead to a great disucssion but I love a book that can create debate!

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  29. all of these books are so great, i was wondering, has anyone read a series of fantasy books, i used to love them, about a boy who ventures up a mountain, in the first series, and pulls a bone out of a dragons mouth and that means the dragon can breathe fire again and the village is saved because all of the water returns to the spring.
    it’s the best series of books.
    please help. i have no idea what they’re called.

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  30. Thank you so much for this fabulous list! We are re-starting up a book club in denver and i’ve taken a couple of your suggestions and added them to the list for everyone to vote on – and some other i’ve just ordered for my own personal reading pleasure!

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  31. Hii 🙂 I must say you make these books sound very interesting. Out of these books I’ve only read one, The Road, I’ve read the book and have seen the movie. I loved it! It was so good! And the movie was amassing! I must find time to read the others on this list.

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  32. I run a once a month book club and I was looking for my fall book list to round out 2011. I found your site and picked up two books on your list. I just finished We need to talk about Kevin. I did not care for the style of writing and that put me off a bit, however the story pulled me. I am a teacher myself, and we all have kids we know from the start who seem off, that you just can’t get close too. I have seen parents act the same way the main character does towards her son. I found it very disturbing and sad. Still I think it will spark great debate in our book club, and I am going to put it on our list.
    I am reading The Book Thief and I hope to read Little Stranger after that. I would like to recommend anything by Michelle Moran. She is an awesome writer and she spoke via telephone with us about her books

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    • I agree that Kevin will spark a great debate – there’s so much to discuss.

      Thanks for the recommendation of Michelle Moran – I have never read anything by her but I know quite a few people who love her 🙂

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  34. So glad to see this list again. I LOVED We Need to Talk about Kevin this year, definitely a favourite book club read, I had a discussion post on it. Like you it was hard at first and I considered giving up, so glad I didn’t. Hopefully this year will be Book Thief or Blindness.

    I still highly recommend Still Alice, hope you enjoy it.

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  35. Hi, I know that I am late joining in on this discussion, I was just researching bookclub books for my bookclub and I wanted to say “thanks”! I really enjoyed reminiscing about some books I’ve read and am now excited about getting stuck into some new ones. I love a controversial book. For my bookclub, the one that has created the most discussion would be “The Slap”. It is set in Melbourne, Australia (where I am from) and was definately controversial!

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  36. Interesting selection. The comments were good but frankly I have only read a couple of the books listed, so will need to get back after I have read more. My reason for this is to ask a question: I have heard of book clubs but since the last 42 years have been spent where about have or more of the people speak Yupik and I don’t, most of my communication is by phone or email. As far as I know, (I’ll do some checking), there is no book club here but there is a good library. That’s where I found out about this site. Are there any book clubs on-line? Are any done with Skype? I have never discussed a book with a group since I left college in 1965. If anyone would care to enlighten me I would be most greatful!

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    • There are thousands of online bookclubs available on goodreads.com. Most are very welcoming to new members, and are classified as ‘open to the public’. I’ve found some great book friends there, and there are bookclub for every kind of reader, no matter where your interest lies.

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  37. Just found your blog – disappointed by another NYT bestseller. When I saw Kevin was #1, I knew I was in the right place! Thanks, and I’ll be checking back for more!

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  38. I have just finished blindness. What an amazing book, I couldn’t put it down and feel at a loss now I’ve finished it. Thank you so much for the recommendation, I can’t wait to discuss it at book group.

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  39. I just found this and am loving all the great new suggestions! My neighborhood book club has been meeting for about 5 years, and we are in need of some fresh suggestions!
    We met last night and had a very fun discussion about The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It is a mystery unraveled by 2 different women in 3 different periods of time (early 1900s, 1970s and mid 2000). Epic story, great characters, brilliant writing, fun read.

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