Annual Book Discussion Lists
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January - The Children’s Blizzard - David Laskin
Februrary - Beloved - Toni Morrison
March - The Master - Colm Toibin
April - The Turn of the Screw & Other Short Fiction - Henry James
May - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
June - 1776 - David McCullough
July - Washington’s General - Terry Golway
August - Le Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac
September - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
October - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
November - The Lost Painting - Jonathan Harr
December - The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
What do you think? I am certainly looking forward to many of these.
Does your Book Group put out lists in advance? What are they like?
Yup, we get our list printed out for many months in advance. Not always for an entire year, though. Plus it is malleable.
Right now it looks like this:
Nov - Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Dec - Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
Jan - In the Company of Liars by David Ellis
Feb - Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg
Mar - A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria
Apr - Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
May - Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Jun - The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Jul - A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter
Aug - The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik
Sep - The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
Oct - Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
Nov - Killing the Shadows by Val McDermid
Dec - ???
Which books on my list did you read and enjoy?
I've read Beloved, The Turn of the Screw, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. You've got a nice selletion there.
We don't know our books that far in advance. Our group works this way: Each month belongs to one member. For example, in October one member will bring 3-5 titles for the book group to pick from, the group takes a "vote", picks one book and then that will be the book for November. So we really only know one month at a time. It might be nice to have a little more advance notice, but myself, I wouldn't want to know the whole year in advance.
I didn't realize there were so few women authors until you mentioned it - funny - there are mostly women in the group, too.
Here's our list from the beginning:
7/25/2005 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
11/6/2005 Mrs. Dalloway
12/11/2005 Just a Couple of Days
1/7/2006 I Capture the Castle
2/12/2006 Pudd'nhead Wilson
3/19/2006 The Center of Everything
4/16/2006 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5/21/2006 Big Weather by Svenfold (touchstones not working on this one)
6/18/2006 Godless by Pete Hautman, not Anne Coulter!
7/23/2006 The Stolen Child
8/20/2006 The Confessions of Max Tivoli
9/24/2006 On Beauty
10/22/2006 The Pale Blue Eye
11/19/2006 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Our group is in the same position in that we haven't read quite as many works by women.
What did you think of Lolita - I am on another book forum and they are Lolita-freaks - they LOVE it. I want to read it, but I am afraid it will be too challenging for me.
I hadn't heard of most of our book club picks, either! With a couple of exceptions, they are books that I probably never would have found, and if I did find them, probably wouldn't have picked them up! But, for the most part, I have enjoyed the selections.
I don't particularly like science fiction, so for me The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was not my favorite. It's a book I really hated, but am still glad I read it. My favorite book we've read was probably On Beauty. I also really liked The Center of Everything which could be classified as YA and was written by a local author, so that was fun for our group. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Lolita. I had to read it in college and read it again for the book group. I think our group was pretty evenly split. You either really liked it or really didn't like it! Try it out and see what you think.
1776 has been on my wish list for a while. I have a friend who loves non-fiction and highly recommended it. She also recommended The Children's Blizzard, which was a decent read.
Thanks for the other info, too. I would NEVER pick up 1776 on my own (bad American History experience with Sister Margaret Rose in high school), but I have to say that I am surprised each time I read something I "would never pick up". So I have become a very open minded reader (who still, sometimes has nightmares about Sister Margaret Rose - is there a support group for that?)
I am really looking forward to The Children's Blizzard - many people have said it was very interesting and I had never heard that story before.
Otherwise most of the big book sellers, like Barnes & Noble for instance, have online book clubs. I haven't joined any of them, but they do look good.