Best Book Club’s Top Ten Books 2001-2010!

Our book club has been together since June of 2001. What makes our group extra special is we’ve all known each other since grade/high school.  We’ve remained friends and shared so much over the years. In the spring of 2001 a few of us decided to form a book club since we were always discussing books we had read.  Our first official book discussion was in June 2001. The first book we discussed was, The Tall Pine Polka, by Lorna Landvik.

Fast forward to Spring 2010 – I recently read a book club’s favorite book list and thought it would be an excellent idea to pose this question to my friends. At our last monthly get-together we went through the entire list of books from the last nine years – Marcie is the record keeper! We went through each title. Some titles were easily added and others we needed to discuss a bit before they were included – for some reason they wouldn’t include one of my selections, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon – but it’s still one of my favorites! After we deliberated, the list was whittled down to “The Top Ten!” These ten books gave us great enjoyment to discuss in depth over the past nine years. Each one was quite special and very unique. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane as we briefly conversed about each of the titles. I think most of the books we decided upon would be found in other book clubs’ top ten.

I must share one story in particular with you. There is one title in our Top Ten that book groups would have a fabulous fun time discussing! For us it was, The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine, by Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman. Each month, a member chooses the book and the restaurant where we’ll discuss our book – we try to keep it easy! When, The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine, was chosen for our August 2004 selection we decided to do something different. We met at the member’s home who had selected the book. Each person was in charge of bringing a type of wine and a food pairing which was mentioned in the book. We essentially had our own wine and food tasting party but we also discussed the merit and value of what we all learned about wine from the book.  Needless to say, it was our longest get-together ever!  We all still laugh when we reminisce about “Saucy Sisters!”

Now onto Best Book Club’s Top Ten Books!

Bel Canto Bel Cantoby Ann Patchett

The Children's Blizzard  The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin

The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran-Foster

The Glass Castle The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Help The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

No Angel (The Spoils of Time, #1) No Angel (The Spoils of Time #1),by Penny Vincenzi

The Saucy Sisters' Guide to Wine (Saucy Sisters) The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine, by Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman

Water for Elephants Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Happy Reading! We would love to hear what your book club’s top ten books would be!

Kathy Parker & Best Book Club



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9 responses to “Best Book Club’s Top Ten Books 2001-2010!

  1. Some good ones! Going to check out a couple of the others.

  2. Marcie

    Although I had a hand in picking these top ten, I still smiled while reading the list. What great reads they were–and I couldn’t pick just one favorite among them. It would be like choosing your favorite child. We truly are the BBC!

    • Thanks Marcie for faithfully checking my blog AND leaving a comment! Yes, you sure did have a hand in this – especially keeping track of all of our titles, restaurants, & who chose the book. You know, even one of mine made the list!! I liked them all as well!

  3. I’ve read most of these ! Loved them; Water For Elephants is prolly my favorite in this list.

  4. I’m so impressed with your blog and how you embrace books – and how you get others of all ages to do the same. My book club really enjoyed Water for Elephants and The Help and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They were unanimous favorites.

  5. Anna Dennany

    My book club is in its fifth year. We always have a food fest, hoping our choices were inspired by the book of the month. We just went on our first field trip to an author’s talk at a library, so that was a foodless month. Ironically, the author was Nancy Makin who came to discuss 703: How I Lost A Quarter Ton and Gained A Life. The best books we have read over the past five years are: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Beach Music by Pat Conroy, Things We Couldn’t Say by Diet Iman and James Schapp, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, Peace Like A River by Leif Enger, The Help by Kathryn Stockton, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. In the new year, we are going to pick genres we want to read to help widen our scope.

    • Hi Anna!
      Aren’t book clubs wonderful?! Yours sounds lovely as well. Books and food always pair well. Thank you for sharing some of your book clubs’ favorites. I see we both agree on The Help by Kathryn Stockton and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
      I see Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is on your list. It’s been recommended by so many people including my oldest daughter Sarah. I think I need to add it for a possible book club suggestion.
      Again thank you!

  6. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I
    absolutely loved every little bit of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post…

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