1. Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb. I chose this book strictly based on the opening sentence: "I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota." It didn't disappoint.
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This book sparked some of our most interesting and heated book club discussion to date.
3. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. Yes, yes. I know. Oprah outed him on her show and not everything was true. I don't care. It's still a good story. And I like the cover.
4. Under the Dome by Stephen King. King is my favorite author. I know critics don't like him, but I think he's a genius!
5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It's a very interesting idea. I wish it were true...maybe it is.
6. Night by Elie Wiesel. One of the best holocaust accounts I've ever read.
7. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. All of her books are good. She has a knack for making you see both sides of a situation. This book is especially gripping in this age of school bullying and violence in the news.
8. The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres. I like period novels and this one is set in the 1920s. I love Belle because she's a rebel in her time. And if you ask my book club, they'll tell you I hate weak women characters. Give me a Belle Cantrell any day!
9. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith. This is the one I've read most recently. He takes historical events and creates his own, twisted version of them. This one happens to be about The Three Wise Men. Yes, the ones from the bible. He's the author who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which is also a great read, by the way).
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Many of you have probably already read this, but it was a great book! I never did see the movie though.
Now that I look at the list, we've read all of these for book club except The Help. We would have, but we all had read it on our own before anyone had thought to pick it. Four from this list were books I chose for book club. Anyway, they're all good! I'd recommend any of them depending on your literary tastes. Obviously, my literary tastes are all over the place. I will admit to liking books that are a little more off the wall but like I said, I'll read anything once. :) If you want to know the latest book I'm always reading, check out my Shelfari at the right. I update it with what I'm reading now. It shows the last 4 books I've read.
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