Some friends and I are starting a book club. We need a fun read to get us started. It can be romance, cozy mystery, or chic lit. Just as long as it is a good book to get the whole thing going. We can get into more serious later...maybe:)
You may want to check out www.bookclubgirl.com , she has great book club books listed there, and many of the books have taped chats with the author that your club could listen to after finishing the book.
I have learned about many of my now favorite authors from this site.
Good luck on your book club!
My favorite recent book was The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, it is set just after World War II and would be great for a book club. I have yet to see a review from anyone who didn't at least like it, most people loved it, as I did.
For a more contemporary suggestion, Jane Porter's Flirting With Forty was a fun book with an underlying seriousness that would make for good book club discussion.
I just finished 'The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen which is a fun romance/chick-lit book, which also features some serious family issues. My favourite chick-lit book has to be The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne or try a Bella Pollen book like Hunting Unicorns or Daydream Girl. Looking for something you can love but which also affords some great discussion about positives/negatives of chick-lit heroines? Try the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella (there's also a film coming out soon). Finally a book relating to book groups is Th Jane Austen Book Group by Karen Joy Fowler (apparently there was a film of it in 2007 although it hasn't made it's way to the big screen in the UK).
Permalink Reply by V on February 7, 2009 at 8:53pm
I'd like to suggest Jacqueline D'Acre's novel Foreclosure. It's a horse mystery like no other and the characters are awesome. Bryn Wiley is the perfect mystery character. I'd also like to suggest Carol Higgins Clark. Her novels are in a similar vein with great characters.
Wow, thatnks for all the great suggestions Darby, Carey, Jodie and V. I will check out bookgirlclub, but for now I think I have a good start. It is a toss up between Flirting With Forty and the Shopaholic Series. This book club was an idea of a friend of mine. Just to get us girls together and laugh. We will all have to make the final decision on what to read, but I think the two I chose will be the most popular. V- I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read one that Carol did with her, but have not read her solo work yet. I will have to check her out. Does she write just as well as her mother? The first adult mystery/suspense I read was Where are the Children and I have loved her since. Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I will be in touch to let you know which we will start with and how it is going.
I really love cecelia Ahern books those are usually romance yet self discovery novels. Very insperational.
Also, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber Is absolutly amazing.It's about a Prostitute in Victorian london who's seeking a better life and also a man who is of higher class. The way it swiches to the different characters POV is veery creative.
Have you read 'December' by Elizabeth H. Winthrop, it's an easy read but there are a lot of discussion topics within the book and the characters are easy to identify with. I've just reviewed it on my new blog (http://justreadthatbook.blogspot.com) so you could check that out and if you want some discussion topics prior to reading it (so you can think about it as you go) just leave me a comment and I can send you some questions.
Well I always recommend my own novels! But short of that, I recommend Vicky Lewis Thompson and her Nerd series. My wife laughs through each one of them. You can find the books at. http://www.vickilewisthompson.com
I had to get online and share this book I just read with someone. There is a new author out. His name is Delvon Johnson. The book is called Love Yourself First. The book is EXCELLENT. There is even an excerpt of the book on his website. His website is www.DelvonJohnson.com. Check it out!!!