About my book club

 Still going strong after more than two decades…

In 2009, I posted these thoughts about book clubs.

My best friend and fellow book club member, Michelle, posted about our book club recently at her food blog, bite

At Inprint, Christmas 2003

Standing L-R: Marianne, Karen, Michelle, Linda, Brenda, Diane, Chrissy

Kneeling: Sylvie, Nora, Christie

L-R: Nora, Linda, Marianne, Sylvie, Brenda, Christie, Chrissy, Michelle, Karen, Diane, Jackie

Suwanna, 2004

L-R: Diane, Christie, Chrissy, Brenda, Sylvie, Marianne, Linda, Michelle, Nora

Suwanna, 2005

Standing – Sylvie, Nora, Marianne, Linda, Brenda

Kneeling: Chrissy, Christie, Michelle, Karen, Jackie

Another dinner at Suwanna, 2006

Back: Karen, Michelle, Linda. Chrissy. Marianne, Christie, Linda

Sitting: Nora, Sylvie

2009 at Suwanna for our annual Christmas dinner out.

This is a list of the books we’ve read in our more than a decade together. As the book club predates this blog, there aren’t reviews for all the books.


Anderson, Dargatz, Gail: The Cure for Death by Lightning
Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake


Barbery, Muriel:  The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Barfoot, Joan: Getting Over Edgar, Charlotte and Claudia Keeping in Touch
Barnes, Julian: The Sense of an Ending
Berg, Elizabeth: Never Change
Bohjalian, Chris: Midwives
Brown, Dan: The DaVinci Code

Buchanan,  Cathy Marie: The Painted Girls 
Burnard, Bonnie: The Good House
Bush, Catherine: The Rules of Engagement


Chevelier, Tracey: The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Clarke, Austin: The Question
Coelho, Paulo: The Alchemist
Cohen, Matt: Elizabeth and After
Cohen, Tish: Town House

Crewe, Lesley: Amazing Grace


Davis, Lauren B; Our Daily Bread Daily

Davidson, Andrew – The Gargoyle

DeFoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders
Diamant, Anita: The Red Tent
Doyle, Roddy: A Star Called Henry; The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
Dunant, Sarah: Birth of Venus


Edwards, Kim: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Essbaum, Jill Alexander: Hausfrau


Frazen, Jonathan: The Corrections
Fitch, Janet: White Oleander
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
Fong Bates, Judy: Midnight at the Dragon Café


Galbraith, Robert: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Gaffney, Patricia: The Saving Graces
Genova, Lisa: Still Alice
Gibb, Camilla: Sweetness in the Belly
Gilbert, Elizabeth: Eat, Pray, Love
Glover, Douglas: Elle
Golden, Arthur: Memoirs of a Geisha
Gowdy, Barbara: The Romantic
Grovier, Katherine: Angel Walk


Haddon, Mark: A Spot of Bother, The Red House
Hamilton, Jane: Disobedience

Harris, Joanna: Gentlemen & Players
Hay, Elizabeth: Garbo Laughs, Late Night on Air
Hepinstall, Kathy: The House of Gentle Men
Hill, Lawrence – The Book of Negroes
Hornby, Nick: How to Be Good
Hosseini, Khaled: The Kite Runner
Humphreys, Helen: The Lost Garden


James, PD: Death Comes to Pemberley                                                                                                                          Jones, Edward. P: The Known World
Jones, Lloyd:  Mister Pip

Juska, Elise: The Blessings


Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek
Khadra, Yasmina: The Attack
Kidd, Sue Monk: The Secret Life of Bees; The Mermaid’s Chair; Traveling with Pomegranates

Kinsella, Sophie: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Kline, Christine Baker: Orphan Train

Krauss, Nicole: The History of Love 

Kwok, Jean: Girl in Translation 
Kyle, Aryn: The God of Animals


Lahiri, Jhumpa: The Namesake
Landvik, Lorna: Angry Housewives Eating BonBons
Lawson, Mary: Crow Lake
Levy, Andrea: Small Island

Lively, Penelope: Moon Tiger
Livesay, Margaret: Eva Moves the Furniture


MacDonald, Sandy:  The White Iris

MacIntyre, Linden: The Bishop’s Man

Malerman, Josh: Bird Box
Marquez Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time Of Cholera
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
Marshall, Bev: Right As Rain
McCourt, Frank: Angela’s Ashes; ‘Tis
McEwan, Ian: Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach, The Children Act
McKay, Ami: The Birth House

McLain, Paula: The Paris Wife
Miller, Sue: Lost in the Forest
Morgan, Robert: Gap Creek

Moriarty, Liane: The Husband’s Secret

Morrison, Blake: The Last Weekend  
Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye
Morrisey, Donna: Kit’s Law

Morrow Lindbergh, Anne: Gift From the Sea

-N-                                                                                                                                            Nahai, Gina: Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
Nason, Riel: The Town That Drowned

Ness, Patrick: More Than This

Ng, Celeste: Everything I Never Told You

Nicholls, David: One Day

Niemi, Mikael: Popular Music from Vittula
Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler’s Wife

-O-                                                                                                                                             Oates, Joyce Carol: We Were the Mulvaneys
O’Flynn, Catherine: What Was Lost

-P-                                                                                                                                             Page, Kathy: The Story of My Face
Patchett, Ann: Bel Canto
Peterson, Per: Out Stealing Horses
Picoult, Jodi: My Sister’s Keeper
Powell, Julie: Julie & Julia

-Q-                                                                                                                                            Quindlen, Anna: Black and Blue, Rise and Shine, Every Last One

-R-                                                                                                                                            Reardon, Lisa: Billy Dead
Redmond, Pamela: The Possibility of You
Richardson, CS: The End of the Alphabet
Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping

Rowling, JK: The Casual Vacancy
Rushdie, Salman: Fury

-S-                                                                                                                                            Schoemperlen, Diane:  At A Loss For Words
Sebold, Anna: The Lovely Bones
Setterfield, Diane: The Thirteenth Tale , Bellman & Black
Sheilds, Carol: Unless and Larry’s Party
Simonson, Helen: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Smith, Alison: Name All The Animals
Schwartz, Jonathon Burnham: Claire Marvel
Schaeffer , Mary Ann and Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Stewart, Leah: The Myth of You and Me

Strayed, Cheryl: Wild


Toews, Miriam: A Complicated Kindness

Toibin, Colm: Brooklyn
Tsiolkas, Christos: The Slap
Tyler, Anne: Back When We Were Grownups


Urquhart, Jane: The Stone Carvers

-V-                                                                                                                                             Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five

-W-                                                                                                                                             Walbert, Kate: The Gardens of Kyoto

Walls, Jeannette: The Glass Castle
Walter, Jess: The Financial Lives of Poets, Beautiful Ruins
Waters, Sarah: Fingersmith
Watson, SJ: Before I Go To Sleep
Wells, Rebecca: Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood; Little Altars Everywhere
Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth
Wright, Richard B.: Clara Callan; Adultery
Wroblewski, David: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle


Zafon, Carlos Ruiz: The Shadow of the Wind

Zevin, Gabrielle: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Zusak, Marcus: The Book Thief

3 thoughts on “About my book club

  1. Lisa Harrington Munley July 18, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Great list! I love my book club, too. We’ve been meeting for over ten years (our 10th anniversary was in March). I see that our club has read nine of the same books that your club has read.

    • Christie July 21, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      It’s amazing how many life-moments we’ve shared – plus all the great (and not-so-great) books we’ve read together!

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