Thursday, September 8, 2011

Picking a Book Club Book

Our New Book Club meets tonight for the first time. I'm excited! We've all been asked to bring at least one recommendation for a book to read, and in some fashion we will all decide what to read as a group.

Everyone is all in a tizzy. What to choose? How to pick? What is a "Book Club" book anyway?

Is it one of those you see with the ready-made questions printed in the back?
One that's been on Oprah's list? Or from some other Book Club list, like Goodreads?

For me, I think any book might work, as long as it is well-written and invites discussion afterward. A book that you savor, that you can't stop thinking about - a book that actually makes you think.

I'm still working out what I'm going to suggest. There are two books about animals that I really want to read. They are:

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation


Linda Benson said...

Okay - here are our choices for the first three months:

1) The Outside Boy, by Jeanine Cummins

2) The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister

3) Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosney

Can't wait to start them. I love to read!

Dreaming said...

I read Sarah's Key. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but ended up really enjoying the story. I think it is masterfully written!
The Outside Boy sounds very interesting. Even more so because a fairly large group of 'travelers' lived near us in SC. They still live a nomadic life. The children are in and out of school a lot, and they live a life very different than the normal American ideal.

Linda Benson said...

Dreaming - I adored The Outside Boy and I'm glad to have someone to share it with and discuss. Beautiful, evocative writing as well as a great story.

But I'm also eager to dive into the new ones. So fun to have a whole evening devoted to reading, and 2 people brought their Kindles and showed us how to use them. With an e-book of my own coming out soon, I better get up-to-speed! *grin*