bthr book club: suggestions welcome!

After mentioning it quickly in the question section of last week’s book report post, lots of folks expressed their interest in joining a BTHR book club! Yay! I’m so excited!

I’ve been thinking about how to do this, and here’s how I think it’s going to work:

  • Each month, I’ll take suggestions from you guys (on Facebook, Twitter and the blog) of what books you want to read and talk about with other like-minded folks.
  • I’ll take the three most requested books and put them in a poll. The winner of that poll is our book for the following month! I’ll announce the book in grand fashion at the beginning of the month here on BTHR. You’ll have the whole month to get your paws on a copy and devour it.
  • At the end of the month, I’ll post my review, plus some book club-style questions and then you guys can chime in in the comments with your thoughts. Feel free to drink copious wine while chatting away.
  • If you’d like, you can also post your own book review of the book on your blog. I’ll host a link-up party here so everyone can get a glimpse at your review.

Sound good? Now, get to suggesting! Leave a comment with the book that you’d love to see us read, review and discuss for December. All genres and types are welcome. The only requirement? It should be easy for everyone to get their hands on (as in, not a book that is only being distributed locally). We have people interested in the book club from all over the world!  Now, get to suggestin’!


  1. says

    Okay For Now, by Gary Schmidt
    ROOM, by Emma Donoghue
    These Is My Words, by Nancy E Turner

    Sorry – I love to read! I couldn’t just recommend one.
    Great idea!

  2. Casey says

    my book club here in Philly just had our Gone Girl discussion last night. It was a great book to discuss as people easily feel passionately about it!

    As far as suggestions I would say I am also interested in reading the Book Thief soon as I keep hearing good things. But I would also be interested in something with a less serious theme.

  3. Leesa says

    The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year by Spring Willow

    Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway

    Wine for Dummies by Ed McCarthy

    Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

    I have so many more I’d love to read, but these make a good start. It seems I’m the only one lately who is NOT interested in reading The Book Thief.

  4. Dani says

    The Book Thief is an absolutely beautifully-written book, but since I’ve read it, I’m going to chime in for Gone Girl, which I keep meaning to read and just haven’t yet.

  5. Shelley says

    The Sisters Brothers (Patrick DeWitt)
    The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
    Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen (Donia Bijan)

  6. Leslie says

    Your suggestions look fun. You inspired some Kindle shopping. I’d love to give CITY OF BONES and SHIVER a go. Really looking forward to the discussion.

  7. says

    Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

    Are you going to update your comment subscription options to be like The Broken Plow where we can subscribe to replies to our comments only? I think that would help to facilitate a discussion/forum environment for bookclub entries :)

      • says

        Me too! I never know when/if you reply to me unless I scout it out… and, besides this post, I hardly ever go back to check. Glad you’ve considered it! I’m excited for the club to get started–it was fun to review the top five on Amazon. Gone Girl sounds so chilling!

  8. says

    The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling

    The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

    The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption – Jim Gorant

  9. says

    Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson
    Portofino – Frank Schaeffer

    I’ve read both of them but would read them again in a heartbeat and would love to know what you and everyone else thinks of them!

  10. says

    I have about 41 books on my “to read” list in goodreads. A few of the ones I am most interested in reading soon (in no order):
    The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook
    Little Bee by Chris Cleave
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
    The Modern Witch (series) by Debra Geary
    The Named (Guardians of Time series) by Marianne Curley

    There…a mix of genres! I love to read almost anything so I’m open to whatever. I am SUPER excited about an online book club and a link up is a spectacular idea! Woohoo!

  11. Leesa says

    I would suggest jumping right in on Deborah Geary’s series… I’ve read the whole series and have actually started over… which is unheard of for me with so many great series out there. I can’t believe she hasn’t gotten picked up by an agency yet. Seriously. Read A Modern Witch. Tonight.

  12. LifeSheWrote says

    On my “Recently Read and Loved” List:
    The Likeness (Tana French)
    How to Be a Woman (Caitlin Moran)
    Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
    City of Thieves (David Benioff)
    The Leftovers (Tom Perrotta)

    On my “To Read” List:
    American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
    The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
    A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
    Swamplandia! (Karen Russell)
    The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes)

    Love this idea! Can’t wait for the first installment! :-)

  13. LifeSheWrote says

    OOh I want to second JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. And The Book Thief is a beautiful book – though deeply sad in places.

  14. says

    LOVE this idea! Woohoo! (And you have such awesome readers that I’m excited to be in conversation with them over books.)

    I would second:

    The Likeness (Tana French)
    The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostavo)
    The Casual Vacancy (JK Rowling)
    Little Bee (Chris Cleave)

    Looking forward to this!

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