Past book club books

20 Apr

Tonight I faced that dilemma of book bloggers everywhere:  Read or blog?  (I’ll ignore all of the other things I should be doing!).

After spending some time on Twitter talking about potential book club reads, I thought I’d share the list of what one of my book clubs has read to date.

This is a Book Club L, which came out of a moms’ group I was part of.  We started meeting when our kids were still very small, and are still going 9 years later.  Some members have left, others have joined, but a core is still taking part each month.

Since 2004, we’ve used a consensus method of selecting books.   Before that, we tried other voting methods, taking turns selecting the book, and probably others I’m not remembering.

This is almost 10 years of books! I’d already collected most of this list, I only needed to fill in the last year or so.  I also listed the books we’ve selected but not read yet, so they are subject to change.

Our Past Book Club books

February 2000           Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama (St. Martin’s Press, 1991)
March 2000     Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott (Fawcett Books, 1994)
April 2000        Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (Tor Books, September 1998)
May 2000         Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments (Anchor Books, February 1994)
June 2000       The Bone People by Keri Hulme  (Viking Press, October 1986)
July 2000         Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood edited by Camile Peri and Kate Moses
August 2000    From Strength to Strength by Sara Henderson (St. Martins Press, April 2000)
Sept 2000        Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
October 2000 The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
Nov      2000    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Dec     2000    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

January 2001             The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
February 2001             Married to a Stranger by Nahid Rachlin
March 2001     The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
April 2001        A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Based on a True Story  by David Eggers
May 2001         The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant
June 2001       Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
July  2001        Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Aug   2001       A Woman’s Path : Women’s Best Spiritual… (Maya Angelou, Diane Ackerman, Anne Lamott,  & more)
Sept 2001        West with the Wind by Beryl Markham
October 2001 How Stella Got her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
Nov 2001         The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Dec 2001        The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Jan 2002         Shop Girl by Steve Martin
Feb 2002         Big Purple Mommy: Nurturing Our Creative Work, Our Children, and Ourselves by Colleen Hubbard
March 2002     The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 566 pages
April 2002        All New People by Anne Lamott 166 pages
August 2002    Skellig by David Almond 182 pages
Oct 2002         Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley 876 pages
Nov 2002         One for the Money by Janet Evanovich 304 pages
Dec 2002        Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis 336 pages

Jan 2003    The Nanny Diaries: A Novel by Emma McLaughlin and  Nicola Kraus  352 pages
Feb 2003         Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Helen Fielding 368 pages
Mar 2003         Sarah: Women of Genesis Orson Scott Card 352 pages
Apr 2003          Emma Jane Austen 384 pages
May 2003         The Giver Lois Lowry 208 pages
June 2003       Seabiscuit: An American Legend Laura Hillenbrand 432 pages
July 2003         The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou 272 pages
August 2003    Bellwether by Connie Willis
Sep 2003         Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
October 2003 Firestorm by Nevada Barr
Nov 2003         The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia)   by C.S. Lewis
Dec 2003        Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

January 2004 Catch me If you Can by Frank Abagnale Jr.
February 2004  In Code: A young woman’s Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery
March 2004     Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
April 2004        Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
May 2004         The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
June 2004       Holes by Louis Sachar
July 2004         Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Sep 2004         Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
October 2004 Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Novem 2004    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Dec 2004        A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh (ed)

January 2005 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
February:         The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
March:              The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
April:                 Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M Forster
May:                  About a Boy by Nick Hornby
June:                 Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
July:                  The Princess Bride by William Goldman
August:            Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
September      The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
October           Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
November       Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

January 2006 The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
February          God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
March:             The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter by Katherine Ellison
April:                The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
May:                 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
June:               Spirits in the Wire by Charles de Lint
July:                 The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory
August:            Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
September      I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
October           Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
November       The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
December       The Wave by Todd Strasser

January 2007 My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
February          Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
March              The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
April                 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
May                  Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
June                The Prince of Morning Bells by Nancy Kress
July                  Earth by David Brin
October           Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
November       The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

January 2008 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
February:         The Faith Club by Idliby,  Oliver & Warner
March:             What is the What by Dave Eggers
April:                The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
June:               Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir by Carolyn Jourdan
July:                 The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
August:            Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
October:          If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
November:      Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction by David Sheff
December:      The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

January 09:     Not a Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland with
February          “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke.
March              “The Visible World” by Mark Slouka
April                 “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow
May                  Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
June                “Interred with Their Bones” by Jennifer Lee Carrell
July                  “Welcome to Biotech Nation” by Moira A. Gunn, Ph.D.
August             “Looking for Alaska” by John Green
September      “Second Honeymoon” by Joanna Trollope


Posted by on April 20, 2009 in Book Club, books


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2 responses to “Past book club books

  1. Sharon Spivack

    April 24, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Although I’m one of those original members who left, due to life demands not allowing me time to participate…it is so nice to see this list, Laura. It brings back memories of some of those early meetings and the good discussions we had about some of those books. I have a smile thinking of friends who participated and their thoughts aobut the books. Thanks!


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