Tuesday, July 20, 2010


My turn to host book club is on approach. I take my responsibility to pick a good book very seriously. It seems like in the past 2 months I've read more books that I've read all year. It's probably not true, but it feels like it. I'm getting nervous because I can't find "the one" -- that perfect book. Does everyone feel like this when it's their turn to host? I think they do. It's a lot of pressure, picking out a good read. My last one was a dud, so this time, I have to pull through. Bobette's still making fun of me.

These were all good, but I just can't commit.

Forgotten Garden
The House at Riverton
Shanghai Girls
The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake
My Name is Mary Sutter
Little Bee
The School of Essential Ingredients
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
The Psyick Book of Deliverance Dane
Loving Frank
Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

I loved The Forgotten Garden, but that's our book for
this month. Plus, my friend Rachel has to be the one to lead the discussion, she really does. She's from Australia, where part of the book takes place. It was too perfect not to let her have it, even if she did start out with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a book none of us could get into. It was much too creepy -- violent sex crimes against women is a subject I stay away from (which I mention in case you hate stuff like that too.)

But now,
I'm stuck.

What do you think? Read anything you just
loved this summer? Has anyone out there read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet? What about The Elegance of the Hedge Hog?


Angie said...

Have you done Sarah's Key? I would vote no for Shanghai Girls...just because I liked it so much less than Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. But that's just my two cents. :)

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Did you guys already do The Help or The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society? Probably if you are totally up to date on books. I loved both of those.
Good luck with that- I totally hear you on the pressure. ;)

crystal b. said...

Thanks friends!!! We've read all of those and you are so right -- they are all great books! Some of my favorites.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

For all the books I've read this year, I couldn't find ONE that was really appropriate for a book club. Except maybe The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. But that's an oldie that a lot of people have probably already read.

Kristi said...

wow- I have only read the forgotten garden of your list- now I have lots of books I need to read!
I did read the help, and loved it!
good luck. I always hate when it is my turn to pick!

Jenni said...

i am probably not any help to you right now, as i am smack in the middle of young adult literature, as i am trying to think like an 8th grader again, as school starts in about 3 weeks here {sigh}.

have you read jodi piccoult's 19 minutes? it is a little older, but i found it incredibly interesting from a mothers point of view, as well as an an educators.

how about kite runner?

i could throw in some young adult literature if you wanted me to?!


I was thinking something fun like the Culinary Mystery books by Josi Kilpack. They have been out for a while but they are a fun fun summer book!

Book one is "Lemon Tart"
Book two is "English Trufle"
Book three is "Devils Food Cake"

You may have read them but that is my two cents. LOL

annie said...

I'm not sure what type of book you're looking for, but Joshilyn Jackson has some light summer reads that might be fun. What about Gilead? Or Home? Both by Marilynne Robinson. Good luck! Our book club is choosing between The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and The Book of Lost Things (both look like tough reads!).

Lyndsay said...

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. !!! And it's a great "discussion" book.

tarynn said...

How about The Hunger Games? It's a quick read, but really thought provoking.
People only like Edgar Sawtelle if they're dog lovers