Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Top Book Club Picks

by Deb/Hannah

You know how much I love lists, so here's the latest:

Based on a vote by 30,000 book clubs registered at here are the top May reads:

1. Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
6. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford
7. Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
8. Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
9. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

And the top two risers:

Bossypants by Tina Fey (New at #29)
Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo (#30, up from #68 in April)

Can you believe I've only read 2 of these. I better get cracking.
Are you in a book club?
How many of these have you read?


The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

I've only read one (The Hunger Games) but I don't tend to read books that end up on these kind of lists, unless a mystery book makes the cut.

I'm only a member of a online book club. The cozy mystery group on Goodreads :)

Deb said...

That could be why I've only read 2. Mysteries are my thing and WHY aren't any on this list!!

Sarita said...

I'm not in a book club but I'd really like to be. Even an online one would be fun, I think.

Am currently reading Heaven Is for Real and enjoying every bit of it.

Booklady said...

I've read The Hunger Games. Room and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet are on my to read list. I'm the coordinator for my book club and I use Bookmovement to find suggetions. Though I'm hoping to talk the club into reading a cozy in August.

Chaplain Jan said...

I'm not in a book club, and I read cozies for fun & to unwind. All my other reading revolves around theology, chaplaincy, and healing - not areas you see on best-read lists (except - maybe - in seminaries).

signlady217 said...

Haven't read any of these. Been a little down, so haven't been in the mood for much of anything but cozies here lately. Hopefully that will change soon. I know some people who are reading "Water for Elephants" as their bookclub selection right now, so I'm sure they will be talking about it soon. I just wonder how different is the movie?

Beth Groundwater said...

I'm in a book club, and we're discussing ROOM tonight, which I describe as a mashup of THE LOVELY BONES and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME. The subject matter is disturbing, but the voice is wonderful. We've also discussed WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, UNBROKEN and LITTLE BEE and have THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN and MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STNAD on our list for later in the year.

Linda McDonald said...

Of the books on the list the only one I have read is The Hunger Games, which I enjoyed and I ended up reading the whole series. I'm not in a book club, but I think it would be fun to be in one. I'd need to find people that like mysteries, thrillers, and romantic suspense novels. I am open to reading other genres, like those on the list you posted, but I'd also want to have a lot of my favorite genres thrown in the mix to read as well.

Debra said...

I listened to "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" It was excellent.
Can I recommend a not-on-list-but -should-be?
The Other Wes Moore. I listened to this one too,twice!

Cindy D said...

I'm in two books clubs, and between the two we have read or will be reading five of the books - ROOM, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, HOTEL ON THE CORNER, CUTTING FOR STONE and MAJOR PETTIGREW. One group has read mysteries, but we find them less discussable (is that a word?), I don't know why. I'm reading SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN right now, which both groups will be discussing this summer.

Deb said...

I agree that you have to have a certain amount of 'meat' in a book for a lively discussion.

Heaven is Real is on my list to read soon. I'll have to read faster if I have any hope of catching up with Beth!

Signlady, hope you cheer up soon! Reading a good book does help.

Aurian said...

I'm not in a bookclub, and these books are not the kind I like. I want to relax with a nice cozy, or romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and the likes. A whole new world to lose myself in.

Heather said...

I've read two: The Hunger Games and Water For Elephants, both of which I liked, and have Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in the TBR pile.

holdenj said...

I've only read three, but Bossypants is coming right up!
I'm not in an official book club right now, I like going at my own pace and choice.

Heather Blake Webber said...

I've not read any of them! Top of my must-buy list is Tina Fey's book-looks so fun.

Vickie said...

I read HUNGER GAMES and I am pretty sure I'd enjoy BOSSYPANTS. I really stay away from typical books that make a book club choice. I read to escape and I can't escape with anything heavy.

Kristine said...

I've read ROOM, and there's a reason it is number one. It was amazing! As intense as the first time I watched Sleeping with the Enemy. Nail-biting good! Keep hearing about Water for Elephants, and am growing more and more curious by the day. Hunger Games, too.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I read The Art of Racing in the Rain and did not care for it. I also tried Room and could not get into it. I am one of those readers that it seems if it is a great book for everyone else I don't care for it. If it is not on a list I love it. The exception to that statement was The Help and The Outlander.