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Updated on October 20, 2014

Book Clubs Introduce you to New Books and New Ideas

Book clubs are wonderful places to challenge you to read different books and discuss them with others. For me it is also a great social evening out.

I had never realized how differently two people could view the same book till I joined book club and discovered if twelve people read the same book we could get twelve different points of view. Now when I read a book for book club, I'm always anxious to see how my friends in book club will see the book and what the discussion will uncover.

Book clubs are also a great way to widen your reading horizons. I have read many books in book club that I most likely would not have read on my own. Sometimes I am delightfully surprised, other times a bit disappointed, but I always learn a bit of something new from each book and from each book discussion.

In this lens I will tell you a bit about how the book club I belong to works and share with you some of the books we have read over the years.

photo is book club at our annual holiday meeting in 2012

Raymond Scot Edge
Raymond Scot Edge

Starting a Book Club

my experience with book clubs

The book club I belong to has been existence for since the late 1990s. I joined it when I moved here in 2002. The book club consists of about 12 people, with some leaving and other joining at various times.

This book club is rather informal. We meet once a month and take turns hosting the book club. The month before it is your turn to host you let everyone know what book you will be reading the next month. When it is time to host the club at your house you provide light snacks, drinks and dessert.

The discussions are either led by our leader Judy (who started the book club) or by the person hosting this months book club. The discussions might follow a set of questions that the discussion leader has put together or we might just start discussing the book and see where the discussion leads.

Depending on the type of book, sometimes we just discuss the characters in the book and other times we take more time discussing the plot. Everybody has an opinion and it is really fascinating to see the different views people have on various books. Some people like to second guess the author and suggest alternative ways the author could have taken the book. Usually some people really like the book and others don't...that is what makes it interesting. When there is a wide variety of opinions we might discuss why you liked or didn't like a particular book. Occasionally everyone likes the same book!

photo is of author Raymond Scott Edge talking at one of our meetings


Here are the books our book club is reading for 2014.

Good Reading in 2014

Each month we rotate hosts for our bookclub. Whoever is the host for the month chooses the book to be read and discussed. Read along with us in 2014.

We have read a wide variety of different books in 2014. Others not shown below include:

  • Face Value by Michael Kahn
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • The Black Count by Tom Reiss ( It is rare that we find a book that nobody really likes but this one just did not fit the needs of our book club)

Orphan Train
Orphan Train

This was a great discussion book. Everyone enjoyed the book and there was lots to discuss.

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel
Remarkable Creatures: A Novel

This interesting historical fiction novel is our choice for January. Our members gave it mixed reviews. Most felt the subject matter was interesting but that the book moved rather slow. It did make an interesting discussion

Barefoot: A Novel
Barefoot: A Novel

Our February selection tells of friendship and relationships.

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

The March book club turned into a fun event with this book and lots of good ballpark food and beer tasting.

Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones)
Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones)

A good mystery for our April book club. We had a great discussion on this book.


More of 2014

Big Stone Gap: A Novel
Big Stone Gap: A Novel

We had a good discussion on this book and think the coming movie should be interesting.

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel
The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

In August we will read this book.


2013 Book Club Selections

Books for 2013 - January-June

In 2013 we read an eclectic selection of books.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Angry Housewifes Eating bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans

Our May selection was a compelling story of right vs wrong and everything in between. It turned out to be a great book for a discussion and everyone seemed to enjoy the book.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

This humorous look at book clubs is our June selection. It was fun to read about the crazy women in this book club and compare their book club to ours. A very enjoyable I would recommend for all book clubs.


Good Reading in 2013 - July -December Selections

Other 2013 selections included.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Affair by Lee Child

Sweet Hush by Deborah Smith

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

Sweet Hush
Sweet Hush

This will be a book for October.

The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel
The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel

This will be the selection for our December meeting.


2012 Book Club Selections

Favorite Book Club Meetings from Past Years

Discussion with the Author - Swimming Solo

Our September 2010 book club was a bit different. We read a true story about a woman who deals with Alzheimers as it effects both of her parents and both of her inlaws. The author, Susan Rava,came to our book club to lead the discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Susan has a wonderful writing style and she really brings the reader into her story. In person, Susan was delightful. It was very interesting to hear her talk about how she wrote the book and the process of getting it published. She also gave us more insight into Alzheimer's and how it effects the families of those who have the disease.

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

The August 2010 selection for our book club is The Help. It is an excellent novel that talks about maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s. It is a very compelling book that has now been made into a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the movie.

At our book club several of the ladies had also seen the movie so we talked about both the book and the movie. We had a very lively discussion. This is one of the best book club meetings we have had, everyone enjoyed the book and had lots to say about it. We started off the meeting by everyone telling their favorite part in the book. It was a good discussion starter.

Flight of the Piasa - Raymond Scott Edge

Our July 2010 book club meeting was really special. At this meeting author, Raymond Scott Edge came and spent the evening with us. It was a wonderful time listening to Dr. Edge talk about his two books Flight of the Piasa and Witches of Cahokia and hearing about how he writes and the things that give him inspiration.

I had read his first novel Flight of the Piasa over a year ago and when I found he would be available to come to our meeting I was delighted. His book is based on a famous cliff painting overlooking the Mississippi river in Alton, Illinois. This painting called the Piasa was first described by the French explorer Marquette in the 1600's. Dr. Edge weaves a wonderful story based on this painting and details from events in Chinese and American history.

I won't tell more and give away the plot...but I will tell you this book is a must read! I am looking forward to reading the next book with the same characters Witches of Cahokia.

Do you belong to a book club? - stop by and leave me a note

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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      I'm fairly new to the book club experience, and I appreciate you sharing what your book club has been reading. I now have a few more book ideas to suggest to my book club for our upcoming reading list. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Loretta from my book club made the following suggestion:

      Why don't we invite people who were commenting on book clubs to join our book club on line until they can find one locally. They could read the book, make their comments on Squidoo and you could read them at the meeting and then someone could let the people know how their ideas were received at the meeting. Everything but the snacks!!!

      What a great idea! If you are interested just read our book for the month and forward your comments to me.

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      NicoleRM 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      My Mother belonged to a book club. They read everything from fiction to Euclid's Geometry. She really enjoyed it.

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      Carol 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Loved this lens. I enjoy reading and can see that belonging to a book club would really expand the books I read. Can't wait to read some of these books.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Some of these books I've never heard of. Maybe I should get out of my Mystery Book Club and get into some others.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I have not been a member of a book club but have always wanted to be. I really do need to do this! What great books are on your book club reading list! I see several that are on my to-be-read list and you introduced a couple of new book titles to me, too.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Just had to return to enjoy your book club once again. I do so love to read.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I don't but I wish I could be a part of your book club!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am sharing this with a friend who is in a book club and wanting to start another. Great job.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Books are extremely important as through them we continue to learn and understand the world we are living in.

      You have a great lens full of resources, tips, examples... Angel Blessings!

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Yes. I enjoy reading books that I would not normally have thought to try. We take turns choosing what books to read.

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      askformore lm 5 years ago

      Yes, I am a member of a book club. I oftentimes get books that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      I don't but would love to join one. Nice lens!

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about your book club's organization and also about what you have read. I have been talking with friends about starting a book club so was looking around for some ideas. Thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed seeing what your book club has read over the years. Some of these I have read but some titles were new to me. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I've actually always wanted to belong to a book club. I am a link to this lens in my book reviews lens.

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      BookNympho LM 6 years ago

      I have never been in a book club. I love reading but thought a book club would be too restrictive with what I have to read and by what date. But now I realize it can also stretch your reading comfort level and you can discover lots of new books you wouldn't have otherwise read. Maybe I'll join one if I can find a good one nearby!

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      forestplay 6 years ago

      Interesting reading list. I enjoy the photos too! Wish I lived nearby.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hmmm ... you have given me an idea! I'm a single gal now, you know? Perhaps that's where I meet an intelligent and desirable man ... who can read too!

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      ErnestBoehm 6 years ago

      I run my own book club I just wrote a page about our club and how we run it.

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      UtopianDreamer LM 6 years ago

      Hi mbgphoto, I like your lens. Our book club enjoyed 'The Help' very much. From the cover, it's a book I'd never pick off the shelf (can't say why, it just didn't appeal to me) and I began it with a heavy heart. But what a wonderful book, right from the first page. I'm looking forward to seeing the film (not yet out in the UK). I've added your lens as a related lens on mine as they seemed like a good match.

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      harty5680 6 years ago

      My book club recently read The Help and it went over really well. Most of had then saw the movie which we discussed at the last book club. We thought it was pretty good. I had written a book that was part of the book club a few months ago. Most people seemed to enjoy it. I would love for you to consider it. Here's my lens for it:

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      Tracy Gibb 6 years ago

      I love all of your reeading suggestions. I'm going to use them for my book club as well as reading on my own. All of those titles look interesting!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      I don't belong to any book club right now but planning to join one. Your lens sounds interesting and would like to try your recommendations. Sundae ;-)

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I have never belonged to a book club, but I have considered trying to find one to join. I've always been a voracious reader so I've read several of the books your book club read, but was delighted to read your lens for some additional recommendations of some books to read..

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Your book club does sound like fun and I am enjoying reviewing your recommendations!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Sounds like you have a lot of fun. I'm always amazed how different peoples views are on the same book.

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      20webhosting 7 years ago

      Great lens! you have put very nice information in this lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I love the idea of a book club! I have read of few of the books featured above and since I do not belong to a book club, I will just have to tell you my opinions:) Of course, Anne of Green Gables is fabulous, as is anything Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier is one of my all time favorite authors and while the Shack came highly recommended (I note, you also liked it) it was just too "hard" emotionally for me to enjoy. I just could not get past the horror of the situation that placed that father there. I will say though, I think I am the only person I am ever "talked" to that feels that way. Now, you have a few more books listed that I haven't read, yet!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I like to do my own thing as far as books are concerned.

      I discussed them with my family instead.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I like to do my own thing as far as books are concerned.

      I discussed them with my family instead.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      No book clubs for me...I just do my own thing...but really enjoy reading.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for the update. I added "The Promise" to my Christmas wish list. I know that I will love it just from your review.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Book clubs are a great idea. I have lenrolled this to Mabel Stark Tiger Whisperer, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Girls, Wicked, The Feast of All Saints, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Warmth of Other Suns! All great books for a book club discussion!

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      GabrielaFargasch 7 years ago

      I love the idea of joining a book club! I love reading and have read a few of the books you have here.......... Another great one is "The Lost Symbol"..........

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      We have a book club at work. I have been a member since it started. We recently read "The Help" and it we all agreed that it was the best one we have read to date. We read lots of stuff. We just finished "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."

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      toriphile81 7 years ago

      I've always wanted to be part of a book club. I am sort of in one now, through meetup, but it's almost always different people every time, and some people show up who haven't even read all of the book. I would love to get a group together like you have. Thank you for sharing; now I have new books to add to my list!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Reading books is something I am having to revive after too many years on internet. I do enjoy books though.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I don't belong to a book club, but I've read several of these books. I've read the current book, U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. It's one of her best! You'll love it!

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      I'd love to belong to a book club and this has been great to explain it all.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Sounds fun! I read Eat, Pray, Love but that is about it for me.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens, someone could start a book club with your ideas in hand! I was a member of a book club but it faltered and failed because there were too many of us too busy. LOL. I'd like to try again...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There are no book clubs where I live. It would be fun to read books together with others and discuss your opinions! Great book selections. I have read a few of them, but reading has taken a hit since Squidoo and Zazzle. lol Blessed by an angel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great list of books your club has read! I would agree with you on the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency...not much of a story to follow. I am very curious about Dr. Edge's books...will have to get those!

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I would love to belong to a book club, but there aren't any that meet near where I live. There are some great books here that I have read and some that I haven't - you have given me ideas! Lensrolled to my summer reading lens and favourited!

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      I've avoided joining any book clubs as I balk when given reading assignments. I'm a free-range reader, I guess.

      These books sound interesting and maybe I am missing out on some good chats about books by resisting book clubs.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never been in a book club...but I love your choices for 2009 and 2010. Most of them I've read. I see that Sue Grafton has a new book out and want to read that, too. Great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have been in the book club for 9 years. We have read suspense/mystery/thriller and romance also. Some of the authors we have read are: Maeve Binchy, Nicholas Sparks, David Baldacci, J. K. Rowling, Mary Higgins Clark, Diane Mott Davidson (has receipes) and of course many more. There have been some great discussions. The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes should be one of them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Our book club is so much fun. People range in age from the 40s to the 80s and that is what makes it even more interesting. People share their life stories so we not only discuss the book, we discuss our lives! A great group. One requirement is that if you pick a book, there has to be enough in the library system so we don't have to buy it. Thanks for the great web site!!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I belonged to a Book Club many years ago and enjoyed it, but it only lasted for approximately one year. At the end of that time, 5 of us out of our 12 members were pregnant, and those who were through having babies decided they better quit before it was too late! So, we mutually agreed to dis-band :). Fun while it lasted, though.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Interesting collection of books! I've never been in a book club but I noticed our local library has not one but two book clubs, meeting at different times. Of course now I can't decide which time is better for me!

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      That is something I've wanted to do for a while, but it just hasn't happened yet. Hopefully in the future. It looks like you have read some wonderful books!

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I'm so excited to find out what your book club is reading! Great book recommendations... I may be adding these to my TBR list soon! 5* / blessed!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Wow, you are lucky to have a book club that has lasted so long. Great way to keep track of the books you've read and what the discussion was about. Thanks for sharing it.


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