50 Book Club Choices ~ Have You Read Any of These?

I love the fall.  The heat and humidity of summer is a distant memory. Gardens have an abundance of flowers and produce and the Farmer’s Markets are in full swing. While summer is always full of fun activities and family time…it is often not the, “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” that we imagine, in fact it is often a very busy time of the year.

Another reason why I love the fall is the resumption of our book club.  We always take the summers off and I look forward to September when reading gets back into full swing.  I always plan to read a multitude of books in the summer, but for some reason, it never seems to happen!

When our book club meets in late August or September, we all come armed with a selection of our favourite picks! We draw numbers and pick our book choices and hosting dates in a very orderly fashion! Mind you, we do this at the beginning of the meeting, before we have had too much wine, otherwise, it may be a not so orderly fashion…lol!

50 Book Club Choices

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I thought it would be fun to list some of the books we have read over the last few years.  I would also love to find out who else has read them and also, your thoughts on our choices. So, here goes (in no particular order):

50 Book Club Choices


  1. The Birth House – Ami McKay
  2. The Town That Drowned – Reil Nason
  3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed
  4. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  5. The 100- Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  6. With Or Without – Dominica Ruta
  7. The light Between Oceans – H. L. Steadman
  8. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  9. 11-22-63 – Stephen King
  10. One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus
  11. The Big Book of Even More Awesome – Neil Pasricha
  12. The Fault in Our Stars – John Greene
  13. Cats Table – Michael Ondaatje
  14. The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grisson
  15. Ten Thousand Truths – Susan White
  16. Sarah’s Key – Titiana DeRosnay
  17. Room – Emma Donoghue
  18. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  19. When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
  20. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  21. Memoir of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
  22. Kit’s Law – Donna Morrissey
  23. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  24. Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks
  25. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  26. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  27. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  28. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
  29. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  30. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
  31. Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  32. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  33. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  34. Persuation – Jane Austin
  35. The Weight of Silence – Heather Gudenkauf
  36. Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  37. Traveling with Pomegranates – Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
  38. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
  39. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  40. A Thousand Splended Suns -Khalid Hussein
  41. The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway
  42. The Shack – Wm. Paul Young
  43. Vanishing Act – Jodi Picoult
  44. Bloodletting and MIraculous Cures – Vincent Liam
  45. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  46. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
  47. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor (The First Woman Settler of the Miramichi) –  Sally Armstrong
  48. The Polished Hoe – Austin Clarke
  49. The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  50. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

If you are interested, my sister has set up a “What to Read Next” Facebook group where she documents our members overall response to each month’s book.  She also welcomes comments and any book suggestions you may have.

What have you been reading lately?

Any suggestions for a good book?



  1. I have read quite a few of these. The two that I read recently are Secret Lives of Bees and Three Cups of Tea. I actually had to read Three Cups of Tea for school. It was quite good. Great look into an unfamiliar world for me. The Secret Lives of Bees was excellent!

    • I also loved The Secret Life of Bees Brandee. I also saw the movie but thought the book was superior. Three Cups of Tea was, as you said, a great look into an unfamiliar world. However, I found it to be a bit tedious at times.

  2. Awesome blog post! I’ve been looking for new books recently and this list is great! I’ve read the first and last book on this list, the birth house and secret life of bees. BOTH amazing stories!

    • Thanks Lindsay! I know I’m always searching for lists of books to read so I was hoping this would be useful. The Birth House is one of my all time favourites, a great read. If you enjoyed it you may also enjoy The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, another awesome read!

  3. As part of the Book Club, I have read all of these, but was wondering, Monica, what suggestions your readers might have for books for the coming season. Would love to hear what they have to say.

  4. Curtains – Jokinen takes a look at the funeral industry. This informative, philosophical read was touted as the best Book Club book in our club’s 12 year history. In addition to dealing with an awkward subject, it entertains while being very “local” to Winnipeggers. Everyone would do themselves, as well as their family, a great service by giving this a read in order to make an informed final decision.

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