Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? November 2011

Congratulations to Rebecca and The Social Women Book Club and to Mary and St. Olaf's Book Group for winning the random drawings for this month’s Discussible Book Choice!

We enjoy hearing from book club members who share with everyone the book choices that made for lively discussions.. Please let us know what about the book contributed to your great discussion – you may win a book-related prize for every member of your reading group!

“We are currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. We've all found that we were reading or getting ready to read it, so we decided to add it as our first book for 2012! Those who've already finished said they can't wait to talk about it in January!” Rebecca, The Social Women Book Club, Bath, ME

“We read The Big Burn by Timothy Eagan. It was being promoted by our local library system as a Kitsap Reads "One Community, One Book". For historical fiction it was very interesting reading. We also had the advantage of many special events offered by our public library, author event, dramatic presentations, expert panel discussions etc. that really enhanced our discussion of this book. It was also geographically interesting to us, having taken place in Northern Idaho, right next door to us.”

Mary, St. Olaf's Book Group, Poulsbo, WA

More Discussible Book Choices

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was by far our most talked about book. Some of us went on to read other books dealing with the Channel Islands, because it revealed a part of history we'd been totally unfamiliar with.”

Beth, Stonewall Farms Literary Society, Hixson, TN

“Recently we read The Wave by Susan Casey. This book sparked lively conversation about the effects of climate change on our environment. We also discussed the lack of new coverage for ships lost at sea, the effects of the lifestyles of big wave surfers on their families and my favorite, the physical attributes of Laird Hamilton and his cohorts. These were just a few of the lively topics introduced by this great read. A special treat for our meeting was the showing of part of a surfing movie by that month's hostess!”

Jan, The Escape Book Club, Kill Devil Hills, NC

“We just read Russian Winter by Daphbe Kalotay. Wonderful book. A mystery and love story. It gave us time to discuss about what it like to have lived at that time in Russia during the cold war and what it was like to be a ballerina and the hard times they went through. Also it gave us a look at history of that time. We had a lot of fun with this book. It was long but a fast read.”

Diane, Camden Library Book Club, Kingsland, GA

“Our group enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue. It was relevant to stories you hear in the news nowadays, and the perspecitve the story was told from was original and helped create a great discussion.”

Melissa, JCSB group, Jewett City, CT

“We just had a thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable discussion on Room by Emma Donoghue. Several of our group discussed a wariness in reading a novel reminiscent of the Stacy Dugard story, but the group overall was uplifted by this story of survival. The author captured the mindset of a five year old boy who had never had contact with another human except his mother. His eventual introduction to the "outside" makes the reader think about everything he doesn't know but allows you to empathize with his fears. This was a very powerful story.”

Diana, Tadlock Plantation Book Club, Raleigh, NC

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I haven't heard a more lively discussion this year from our many emotions - so many gasps!”

Renee, Caltech's Reading Women, Pasadena, CA