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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Book Club--What are You Reading?

I've have been in various book clubs throughout the last decade. Some have been very small (just three of us sitting in my apartment in San Francisco) and some quite large (which didn't work--it ended up feeling more like two book clubs occurring simultaneously). Getting the right size group can be tricky. You need enough people to ensure a big enough attendance but you don't want too many people for the reason mentioned above.

Anyway, I'm in a nice little book club right now (there are 5 of us who meet regularly). My book group is meeting later this month, which always has me on the hunt for books to suggest. Actually the way our book club works is the host (we rotate every 6 weeks and have a potluck) makes three recommendations and the group then votes on which book sounds the most interesting. However, many times the host has not had time to research any titles so we all end up trying to remember what books are friends have been raving about.

My literary circle is about to meet and this time I am being proactive. Over the weekend, I was with some friends (in Vegas, no less) and we were chatting about our latest reads (between cocktails). We compiled a list which I am sharing below. If you have a minute, leave a comment with a few suggestions of your own. We'd love your input. Oh and here is a coupon for 40% off at Borders valid only if you have a rewards card.

The Book Thief--my all time favorite this year and it is actually a teen book
Family Matters
Elegance of the Hedgehog--a book about a 13 year old girl and her friendship with the concierge in her building
The Condition
Beautiful Boy followed by the second book Tweak
Unaccustomed Earth
The American Wife--I just got it at the library today. Hope it's as good as you say, J!
White Tiger--set in India this is about a chauffer who murders his employer
The Other Boleyn Girl--Historical fiction--about King Henry the VIII and Mary Boleyn
Twilight--you know you love those blood thirsty vampires
Lovely Bones--to be in theaters this winter
The Help

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