Here are five favorite books I would have never discovered apart from book club:
- I Capture the Castle — Dodie Smith
I read about this book in a fabulous recommended reading book called Honey for a Woman’s Heart. I don’t know if I’d have ever gotten around to it, though, if I hadn’t brought it as a book club suggestion. It is romantic, lovely and sweet.
2. Fair and Tender Ladies — Lee Smith
This one I didn’t find through a traditional book club but by listening to the Diane Rehm show on NPR. I only caught ten minutes of the discussion but was so intrigued by the Appalachain love story that I hunted it down immediately.
3. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
My first exposure to Dillard’s beautiful observations as she conducted a writing experiment much like Thoreau’s Walden.
4. Life of Pi — Yann Martel
I missed this discussion while on bedrest with my second child. Still, the story has stayed with me.
5. Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert
Though I always meant to read this, I don’t know if I would have without the nudge of a group. I found Emma’s tragic search for herself very much like the biblical book, Ecclesiastes.
What have you discovered through book clubs?