Book Club Chronicles: Books From 2001-2011

It is probably evident at this point that I really, really, really love my book club and the ladies who make it what it is.  We have made efforts over the years to keep track of what we have read, and I compiled all the lists and came up with the following post.  I am sure I have mixed some of this up, but I am even more sure sure the ladies will let me know and I will fix it up accordingly.  Feel free to steal any and all of our ideas for your own book clubs, but make sure you get back to me and let me know how it goes.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I included this pic because everyone in book club has a visceral reaction when ever someone brings up this book. I didn't read it, but everyone HATED it!

The Color of Water by James McBride
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Piccoult
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

The Samuari’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Welcome to the World Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

The Dive From Claussen’s Pier by Ann Packer
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell

This book lead to a very active discussion! And graphic.

The Last Girls by Lee Smith
The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burrough

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Housewife by Elizabeth Buchan
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
Ahab’s Wife by Sena Naslund
Mary Called Magdelene by Margaret George
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

One of my all time favorites, but not everyone could get their brains around the time travel thing.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman
Daisy Faye and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Coastliners by Joanne Harris

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Katherine Givens
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I included this because Outlander was my pick. I know it is cheesy, but I really enjoyed it and we had a lively discussion! The "romance" scenes were a big hit, too.

Under a Marble Sky by John Shors
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Evening by Susan Minot
Christ the Lord Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Straight Man by Richard Russo
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Shack by William P. Young
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
Angle of Repose by Walace Stegner
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffner and Annie Barrows
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini


As parents, we were all moved by Columbine. Disturbed, horrified, and moved.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout
A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Columbine by Dave Cullen
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

(Photo Credits:  We Were the Mulvaneys,  Running with Scissors, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Columbine from Wikipedia, Outlander from

About Adventures From Cloud 8

I am a stay at home mom who now and again sneaks away to be an in-home family therapist. My husband and I have 3 boys: Sweet Pea (12), Pickles (9) and Pumpkin Pie (4). Oh yeah. We have Doodle Dog, too. You guessed it! He’s a boy. At least he pees outside.
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10 Responses to Book Club Chronicles: Books From 2001-2011

  1. Jackie says:

    You’re already into your third book of 2011??! Impressive!
    Btw, my literary friends denounce me for disliking the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I can’t find my way out of One Hundred Years of Solitude, which has me possibly blackballed from any and all book clubs : (

  2. I couldn’t get through Love In the Time of Cholera, either. We have a strict policy of if you don’t want to read it, you don’t have to. And, what fun would it be if everyone loved everything?! That is what makes the best discussion. I really try to give any book to page 100 before I give up. Then I can say that at least I tried.

    BTW- We have only finished the first book so far this year. The other 2 are for Feb and March.

  3. ginny says:

    Wow, what a list! We are almost to 100! That will deserve a celebration!
    Thanks Tracey!

  4. Gin- I wish we could all take a trip together. Let’s start playing the lottery!!

  5. Faith says:

    I am so jealous of your book club. SO JEALOUS.

  6. Faith- When are you starting your own?

  7. Nannette says:

    My first bookclub book was We Were the Mulvaney’s hated the book but loved the club.
    I think the advise for Time Travelers was “just don’t think…just go with it” I did and loved it.
    Outlanders: finally a book where “they get to have sex” I think I have a couple pages dogeared when I want to get in the mood. OK TMI I know.
    My Shannon recommend Columbine and was graciously invited to join the discussion that night. A special night for me.
    Thanks for putting this all together, and thanks for being my friend.

  8. N– xoxoxoxo 🙂
    P.S. I loved the Columbine night, too!

  9. Kim says:

    The one book that is missing is “Harvesting the Heart” by Jodi Picoult. And I think it was 2001 because “The Dive From Claussen’s Pier” was my 2002 choice. Charlie Gibson had told me that it was a great book and I just loved it. Anyway, I have to see what books I missed while I was MIA.

  10. Kim says:

    I thought of two more – in 2002 we read “Tents in the Clouds” and in 2005 we read “A Million Little Pieces”. I hated that book. UGH!

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