This has been a busy year for our book club! We read 19 books together!
I love that From Left to Write reads such diverse range of books. I polled our members to find out which of our 2014 was their most favorite. Not only were these great titles to read, our discussions for each of these were really insightful and fascinating. Here they are in the order that we read them.
Our Favorite Book Club Books of 2014
Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement (February book club). Don’t let this slim novel fool you. Between those two covers is a powerful, life changing story about a young girl in rural Mexico who tries to avoid human traffickers and drug lords. Our book club discussion touched on topics about identity, growing up in Canada, and the beauty of young girls.
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger was our March book club pick. The highly entertaining debut novel is written entirely in the form of letters and legal documents as it recounts an acrimonious divorce. With this book, we discussed everything from love letters to parenting to dream jobs.
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittmore (May book club) actually made it on the favorite and least favorite lists for our members. Any book that causes such strong feelings is definitely one you should read. Part coming-of-age and part mystery, this multilayered novel shows the affluent and influential families have deep secrets too. Our discussion included college life, summer experiences, and special needs siblings.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (July book club). We usually don’t read children’s books for our book club. Dahl’s book celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and we joined the festivities. Rereading this classic in tandem with our kids (for those who have kids) brought back so many good memories! We even had some young readers join our discussion!
Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg (September book club). Nordberg investigative book was an eye-opener for many of us. Before this, none of us had heard of the secret Afghan practice of pacha posh, where young girls are dressed and raised as boys–something originally unfathomable in a culture where the two genders are segregated almost from birth. Our discussion of this book is not to be missed.
Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan (December book club) came at the right time for us. November and December are busy times for bloggers, and our book club members enjoyed escaping to the small town of Mill River. Since sibling rivalry was a big theme of this novel, our discussion touched not just our siblings but our children. Our members shared some tough moments in their lives too.
Whew! It was hard to narrow down our favorites. I think our favorites are the ones illicit a strong reaction from our book club members, whether they loved it or disliked it. That’s what you want from a book club pick right?
What was your favorite book club book of 2014?