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 Cantoby Ann Patchett
The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran-Foster
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
No Angel (The Spoils of Time #1),by Penny Vincenzi
The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine, by Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman
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