Is your book club looking for the next good read? I love being part of a book club because it makes me stretch out of my literary comfort zone and try books I wouldn’t have otherwise read. The social interaction is fun and enlightening and the food that typically accompanies a meeting is always a bonus.
The following list of books are some of my favorites I read with my book club:
Ella Minnow Pea By Mark Dunn
Why I loved it: This quick read was fun and quirky. It had a unique concept that can’t be found in any other books. Brilliant!
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
Why I loved it: I learned more about the leprosy colony in Kalaupapa, HI and I was engrossed in Rachel Kalama’s experiences– being ripped from her family and sent to Kalaupapa where she found love and friendship among the other lepers and caretakers.
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Why I loved it: I hadn’t read any books that took place in the middle ages so that was a new experience for me (it was quite interesting to read about the religious heretics and the way women were treated by the men) and the discussion at book club was quite entertaining because we all had different beliefs about whether or not the story was true.
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Why I loved it: I have to admit that it was the taboo relationship between Meggie and Catholic priest, Ralph de Briccasart, that kept me reading this book till the wee hours of the morning to find out what would happen between them. This also led to a great discussion about Catholic priests and their vow of celibacy conflicting with human nature.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Why I loved it: Hillenbrand is amazing at research and gathering data for her books. Learning about WWII aviation was nearly as fascinating to me as Louis Zamperini’s story of survival and endurance–which is a story that will stay with you forever and can never be forgotten.
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
Why I loved it: Star Girl is an infectious character. She had me in awe throughout the entire book. My only regret is that I didn’t read this book in middle school.
Cheaper by the Dozen By Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Why I loved it: Don’t let the silly movie of the same name (and that’s all they have in common) keep you from reading this nonfiction book about how this quirky family of 14 lives their day-t0-day life. The eccentric father is an especially hilarious character.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Why I loved it: Where do I start? Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite authors because his writing is so beautiful and his stories pull at your heart strings. A Thousand Splendid Suns was engrossing and heartbreaking and unputdownable.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio Left to tell: discovering God amist the Rwandan holocaust
Why I loved it: My 6th grade daughter read this with me and it touched me that after finishing the book she broke into tears and asked me why anybody would treat a person differently just because of their looks. I loved the lessons she learned in this book and I know it will help her be more loving to those around her who are “different”. I highly recommend this book to middle schoolers.
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwanda Holocaust by Immaculee Llibagiza
Why I loved it: The main lesson I learned from this book is that no matter what hell you are enduring for however long, you can find peace by turning to God and putting your trust in him. Your circumstances might not change but the way you feel and your outlook can change. This is an amazing, poignant story that I highly recommend to anyone.