One morning, when my brother was little, my mother asked him what he had dreamed about. He looked at her and said “You know, Mum, you were there!” Even if she had been there, chances are she would have seen the dream very differently. That’s certainly how it works in my book club, we all read the same book each month but feel very differently about it. I imagine most book clubs have the same experience and it is part of what is so wonderful about them.
Not all books make great book club choices, you really need to have enough to discuss for an hour or so. You can find the whole list of Riverina Regional Library Book Club books here, but these were the most loved and loathed books from last year – as always, there were a number of books that made both lists.
Jasper Jones, The Book Thief, The Forgotten Garden, The Hare with Amber Eyes, To Kill A Mockingbird, Life of Pi, Disgrace, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Never let me go, Of Mice & Men, The Island, The other Boleyn Girl, The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, The Uncommon Reader, The Red Tent, Huckleberry Finn, Love in a cold climate, The Slap, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, A short history of Tractors in Ukrainian, The Help, White Woman on a Green Bicycle, Bypass, The Blind Assassin, The Shipping News, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Perfume, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Spiral Road, Still Alice, The Paris Wife, Eucalyptus, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Dressmaker, Journey to the Stone Country, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Running with Scissors, Snow Falling on Cedars, Cold Sassy Tree, Great Expectations, In Cold Blood.
Marie Antoinette, Heart of Darkness, Salvation Creek, The Slap, Running with Scissors, The Secret History, The Blind Assassin, His Illegal Self, Huckleberry Finn, A Man’s Got To Have a Hobby, A Taste for it, Cold Sassy Tree, Digging to America, The Dressmaker, Sex & Stravinsky, When you are Engulfed in Flames,Dreams from my Father, The Glass Castle, It’s not about the Bike, How Proust can Change your Life, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Catch 22, Room, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Brick Lane, Love in a Cold Climate, A Confederacy of Dunces, All the Pretty Horses, On Chesil Beach, The Man Who Lost Himself.