The Added Layer of Conversation

Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.” 
― Donalyn MillerThe Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

I started a book club over ten years ago and although members have come and gone over the years

there has been a core of five that have suffered and celebrated life events over the magic of prose.

Our group is now made up of 10 and we’ve become a bit of an institution of sorts.   I am often asked “what is your book club reading this year?” and so I thought I’d share our entire list with all of you who are curious.

How did we come up with this eclectic array of titles?


We all meet in September with books that we’ve read and loved,

or want to read but haven’t had time,

or have heard about and are curious….

or are scared to read alone for fear of frustration.

Then we are all given 10 votes (with the intention of meeting 9 or 10 times throughout the year) and we can put out ten votes on the books we so choose; one vote on ten books, or two votes on five books ….

I once wanted to read certain specific book so badly I put my entire ten votes on that one book! (much to the chagrin of several members…but they humoured me.)

This year we have everything from true crime to young adult, science fiction to literary classics.  We also have an honourable mention list for those titles who didn’t quite make the cut.

Enjoy!  And let me know if you’ve read any of these.  What did you think?  Which is your favourite?

2013/14 Book Club Reading List

The Winners

October: Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card @ Leanne’s house Oct. 23

November: The Purchase – Linda Spalding

December: Persuasion – Jane Austen and

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

January: Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Therese Anne Fowler

February: Unwind – Neal Shusterman

March: Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi

April: A Trick of the Light – Louise Penny

May: Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

June: The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

Honourable Mentions

Pure – Julianna Baggott

Two Solitudes

The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson

Police – Jo Nesbo

The Empress Dowager Cixi – Jung Chang

The Lion Seeker – Kenneth Bonert

Reconstructing Amelia

The Absolutist

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Arcadia – Lauren Groff

The Winter Palace – Eva Stachniak

The Lollipop Shoes – Joanne Harris

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Husseini

The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County – Tiffany Baker

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

The Juggler’s Children – Carolyn Abraham

Game of Thrones

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