One of My Book Club’s Reading List For The Year

Every August our book club, to which my mother invited me when I became an adult, holds Choosing Night. Each member brings a recommendation, or two, to the table. When all have been heard, we vote on ten books (as we don’t discuss a book December or August). It is a joyfully arduous job, with lots of opinions and genres represented. But, what it has finally come down to is this:


Light Years by James Salter


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger


Enchanted April (somehow the film, instead of a novel?)


Lucy by Ellen Feldman


Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson


Confederates in The Attic by Tony Horwitz


The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner


Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan


Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson

Have you read any of these titles? Do you want to? Will you perhaps join us when the time comes for a novel which particularly strikes you? I’d love to have your virtual participation!

26 thoughts on “One of My Book Club’s Reading List For The Year”

  1. It's so funny that was one of the books chosen, because that was one of my prizes from the library's summer reading program. I'm not sure I would have picked it from a store, but now I'm excited to read it (especially with your endorsement!). We could all do with extra bliss, that's for sure. 😉


  2. I've got Infidel, but have'nt finished it yet. I've not heard of any fo the others, but it I was to go by the covers here – I'd choose Enchanted April, The Geography of Bliss and of Bees and Mist. I'll look forward to either reading with you, or reading your reviews… Enjoy.


  3. Tamara, I just ordered The Enchanted April for my Nook (it only cost .95 cents, how could I lose?) I love stories from the 1920s, and when I heard this one has four women in an Italian castle it was a done deal for me! I'm intrigued with The Geography of Bliss, and of couse, you know who recommended Of Bees and Mist. (Me!)Bermuda Onion, that's what I love about getting suggestions from book club members and bloggers. One has such a nice variety; I love how it gets me out of what I would normally pick up if left to my own devices.


  4. Enchanted April and Catcher in the Rye are the only two I've read. This looks like a marvelously versatile list. I'm writing it down so I can read along 🙂


  5. I've wanted to read Confederates in the Attic since I was in college, and I've just never gotten around to it. I've heard it pegs the re-enactor crowd just right, and having gone to college in a landmark of the Civil War (Gettysburg!), I had friends who were "hardcore" re-enactors of the craziest sort. I mean, if you had friends who were excited at the prospect of getting corsets for their birthdays, this is totally the book for you, right? =P


  6. I've read Infidel, Catcher in the Rye (in high school), and The Enchanted April. Your selections are so varied and interesting! My group operates month to month. We tried selecting 3 books at a time, but ended up wanting to change them.Infidel was excellent on audio! The author was the reader and I thought that added an extra dimension. I loved The Enchanted April! My group usually does one book/movie combination per year and this will be my next suggestion.


  7. I love book club lists. My club seems to attempt a new format for choices each year. Always interesting.I've read the Geography of Bliss. Enjoyed it, but I believe I tired of bliss by book's end. Currently reading Of Bees and Mist per your review of a few weeks ago (enjoying.) The rest on the list sounds most interesting.


  8. Wonderful, wonderful variety — I'd be on board for Of Bees and Mist, Astrid and Veronika, and Infidel. I've read Catcher in the Rye, and of course, count myself among the many who fell in love with it at a young age and still fondly think on it… love this collection.


  9. If you remind me in advance, I'll read Enchanted April, Out Stealing Horses and Astrid & Veronika with you.I wish we could be in the same book club. Mine's fizzling out… 😦


  10. Becca, that would be wonderful if you could! We meet the third Wednesday of every month, so that's when I'll have the book read and my post up. If you do read along, we'll have to share our thoughts; I'd love that!Megan, I am not an historical fiction buff so I hadn't even heard of Confederates in The Attic! Supposedly, it's supposed to be humorous, too, so we'll see. I can't say that I've ever yearned for a corset, although who knows? Maybe I'd look good in one. If i could still breathe. ;)Connolly, trust you to know of them. These are two more I hadn't heard of. As I said to Becca, hope you can join in!JoAnn, even though the group thought they'd just watch the film, I ordered The Enchanted April for my Nook. I never like to see a film without reading the book, if there is one, although sometimes the film is a huge disappointment! I'm glad you're going to recommend this to your own group.Thomas, thanks so much for getting back to me with the name of the painting. I've been tossing around using it in my header, but it's kind of disturbing almost. In a good way.Midlife Job Hunter, I can't wait to hear what you think of Of Bees and Mist! It's got some magical elements in it, don't forget, and that can throw some readers off. I've gotten used to that by reading Murakami, though, so it no longer bothers me.Suko, Catcher in The Rye is one of those 'children's' books, or required reading novels, which is often misunderstood by the students. I think. It's much better as an adult, although I remember loving it when I was a Sophomore in high school.Coffee and a Book Chick, I can't believe how many of you commenters have read/heard of/want to read Astrid and Veronika, or Out Stealing Horses. My mother recommended Infidel, she's great with nonfiction, so that should be interesting, too. Although, upsetting at the same time.Lesley, isn't it weird when a group fizzles out? I've had that happen to a few small groups from church I've been involved with. Somehow, the impetus just leaves. I wish we could be in the same group, too, have a chance to really talk.


  11. Joan, I remember them meeting in our home when I was a little girl. I'd sit on the landing of the stairs and listen to their discussion and laughter, and the smell of their smoking (not my mother, though). I'm the only daughter who attends, and I feel quite blessed to be invited. Most of the women are in their mid-seventies now and consider themselves a second family.I'm looking forward to The Enchanted April. That seems to have a lot of affection from readers. (And, commenters!)


  12. What a great bunch of books! I read The Catcher in the Rye for Banned Books week last year and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Of Bees and Mist was a good read, although it took me a bit of getting use to abandoning realism for a while. And I've got a copy of Infidel waiting to be cracked open! I look forward to your thoughts on your reading club year! Thanks for sharing!


  13. I loved Infidel! It is difficult to read content-wise in a few spots, but it will make you thankful to be a woman who did not grow up in the Middle East and for your own childhood. I also liked The Catcher in the Rye. Most of the other books have very pretty covers and I look forward to learning more about them in the future!


  14. They look like very good selections especially Enchanted April (if it's a book too?) and Lucy. They have that early 1900s look about them.


  15. Hey, I just finished The Catcher in the Rye! I hadn't *felt* like reading it for many years but the Dutch bookgrrls mailinglist I'm on chose it for their August read. And yes… I actually loved it!


  16. gnoegnoe, Catcher In The Rye is required reading for most American high school students. That's the first time I read it, but I'm really looking forward to rereading it. I love it, too!


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