Top Picks

A couple of lists of top books for book discussions have popped up recently.

This list of the top ten book group choices in 2007 was posted on Reading Group Choices. It was selected with the help of book group leaders representing more than 50,000 book group members.

1. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

2. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

5. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

6. TIE: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

10. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

All of the books on the Reading Group Choices list are familiar and you may have already discussed them in your group. If you’re looking for something different, Kristen at Book Club Classics posted this list of the books that readers of Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust thought created the best discussions.

The Boy on the Bus by Deborah Schupack

Heart, You Bully, You Punk by Leah Hager Cohen

The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy

Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu

The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

2 Comments on "Top Picks"

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  1.' Lisa says:

    Our book club has read a lot of these (from the first list). The second list is really interesting. I will have to check those out. The only one on that list I’ve read is The Dive from Clausen’s Pier- I agree it would make for great book club discussion!

  2.' Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for the comment, Lisa. I thought the second list was interesting precisely because it offers something different and contains books that haven’t had as much exposure as the books on the first list.

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