Friday, March 11, 2011

The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Book Picks for 2010

Do you love books as much as I do? If so, here is a list that might interest you. The list was compiled by ReadingGroupGuides, an online community for reading groups, who heard from thousands of book worms.

The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Book Picks for 2010 :
  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  4. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  10. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  12. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
  13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  14. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  15. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin
  17. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  18. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  19. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  20. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  22. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  23. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  25. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
How many have you read? I've read 14 of them and loved them all. Looks like I have some good reading material right here!

Our book club just reviewed Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. It is a true-life novel written about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who was born in a one room dugout in West Texas in 1901. Told in first-person voice, Walls is a natural-born storyteller, weaving an entertaining tale of Lily's hard life. Lily was free-spirited, resourceful, and tenacious, which served her well from the time she was a little girl. The book is full of life's lessons that can be applied to everyday life today. It is an quick read with short chapters. The story proceeds her 2005 memoir and best-seller The Glass Castle.  If you  have not read that, I would recommend reading Half Broke Horses first even though it's reviews have not been quite as good. It will give you a better understanding and background for The Glass Castle which is a must-read.

Jeannette Walls would be an author whose books I would definitely pick up in the future.

And with today being Freebie Friday, what better time is there to give you book lovers some printable bookplates? If you have ever lent out your favorite book and not gotten it back, this might be useful for you. Personally, I don't like to write my name in the front so these will be great for me. And how fun to tuck a few of them in your friend's birthday card as a little something extra.

                                 Damask, Patterned, and Striped Bookplates

                             Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting me
                             at the end of a  long day makes that day happier.
                                                         --Kathleen Norris--

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