Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Club Business: What I plan to suggest for 2015

It is a month before my book club gets together for our yearly book scheduling/Christmas sock exchange.  I've been dithering about this for a while--on the sock front, last year I was the only one to bring a "humorous" pair.  I actually asked our organizer if we could bring "real" socks OR "joke" socks this year.  People, I worry about these things.

On the book front, I mentioned in my October Wrap-Up post that I would be suggesting a book that I hadn't yet read.  This is new for me--in the past, I have always recommended books I've already read.  In fact, some of my previous book clubs had the policy that someone could only recommend a book if they've already read it.

I guess it is due to an insecurity on my part--I just don't want to be responsible for a stinker!  I want to recommend a book that my fellow book club members will enjoy or, at least, be glad they read once they turn the last page.

 But, my TBR list is long and my kindle is OVERFLOWING with unread titles.  I think it would behoove me to hit two birds with one stone here--a book club selection and a title off my TBR list (plus, it would be one less book I'd have to buy!)

I'm hoping to do my suggestions last (if any of my fellow members reads this...I'm going last!), only because I think that my choices are fairly popular and it is completely possible that other people may suggest some of the same books.  Since I have quite a few here, I can always fall back on another title.

Here are the books I'm thinking of suggesting....the titles link over the the Goodreads pages:

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
As I said in my wrap-up post, this is the front runner for me.  My good friend, who is also in my book club, gave it a thumbs up so, if we choose it and ends up being a stinker, it's all on her. Ha!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is another of those books that is supposed to be popular with book clubs, and I know people just love it.  However, I am afraid it might be a little on the light side for our group.  The only Moyes book I've read is The Ship of Brides and that book would have been, in my opinion, too light.  Still, a lot of book clubs have discussed this one so it might work.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
This is one that might show up as someone else's suggestion (which would be GREAT!).  I know that at least one member of the group had talked about it before. This is why I want to go last...if this one's ticket hasn't been called by my turn, it might just push ahead of The Interestings.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
This one I'm on the fence about.  While it looks good, it also looks pretty light.  However, I know a lot of book clubs have read it and nearly all the book bloggers I follow who have read this have given it good reviews.

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
This is another one that comes highly recommended from my fellow book bloggers.  The plot looks intriguing, but I'm wondering if it will be "discussable."

So, thoughts?  If you've read any of these and can recommend them (or hated them and want to warn me), please leave a comment and let me know!


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