The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Book Picks for 2010 :
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave
- A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin
- Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- South of Broad by Pat Conroy
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
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.