If I Had a Book Club and “Why Book Clubs are Saving the World” article


The Article to Read

First, here is the link to 13 Reasons Why Bookclubs are Saving the World by Jessica Mizzi at Read it Forward.

I agree with many of her assertions. Where I live, and the times I can go, my odd work schedule all combine to make it nearly impossible to join a book club or even attend the ones at my nearest public library branch. Then there’s the whole must read SciFi, horror, fantasy, paranormal, Scandinavian noir, etc., mandates!  I do look at online clubs to see what they are reading and chose the selections that interest me. I am a very eclectic reader (aside from the genres mentioned previously). I have a decent small circle of online “reader friends” who form a loosely regulated online book club. I am a big reviewer and I post my reviews to Goodreads thus earning more reader interaction.

My Take on the Books Mentioned in the Article

  1. I threw Lilac Girls back.
  2. I have never endured an entire Toni Morrison book.
  3. I loved/reviewed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.  My reivew is here. 
  4. I liked/reviewed Female Persuasion.  My review is here.
  5. I’m anxiously awaiting Normal People.

Some book club choices I would assign:

Social Justice-Minded Book Clubs, History Bookclubs, Foodie Bookclubs, Nonfiction Bookclubs and many more can wait for a second post on this topic.


For Oprah Book Club likers: A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City Note: This has rape and may require a trigger warning. I am not finished reading it, but it is a very important book.  You can read my friend Susan’s review here.


For Reese Witherspoon Club likers: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

My Review is here.


For Young Mom Book Clubs, the classic pick:  Understood Betsy


For Young Mom Book Clubs, the contemporary pick (if they didn’t watch the tv version): The Slap


For Young Mom Book Clubs, the contemporary pick (if they’ve all seen The Slap): Quintland Sisters

My review is here


For Young Feminist Bookclubs:  The World According to Garp


For YA loving Book Clubs: The Poet X: A Novel

My review is here.


Book Clubs Who Read Books With Book Clubs in Them!! Cherry Cola Book Club

Here is part of my review from my old blog:

I now count as a friend and professional “contact,” Ms. Maura Beth Mayhew, librarian of  the (fiction, but only ‘just’–it’s rare for an author to get a library or its librarian this “right”). Faced with the daily battle to keep civic leaders funding her library, Ms Mayhew finds allies in her struggle in a group of readers who join her in what becomes known as the “Cherry Cola Book Club” in an effort to save the library! In case you are wondering, of course there are yummy Southern recipes so you can hold your own LOCAL meeting of the Club, if you so desire. This is a pleasant read, and I know you will enjoy it! No bad language, no violence and a few sweet hints of romance. The Cherry Cola Book Club by Aston Lee. 


For Ladies Book Clubs: Portrait of a Marriage

Here is part of my review from my old blog:

I am ABSOLUTELY in love with this book!! What amazingly beautiful and romantic prose. I have never read anything so gloriously well written on any subject, let alone on a marriage. Ruth’s and William’s story is a marvel of poetic prose. Their physical love (nothing as nasty as contemporary TMI-sex scenes) left me teary eyed–and I’m a cynic. It was that lovely. Finally, an author who clearly sees and communicates just what love means to a man–the insecurity that vanishes just having that loved woman near. The way the couple communicates their need, the way they bless each other, the way they loath and despise each other, all brings them to joyous oneness. They live and love to the time when they no longer need passion–they are simply one. They are fulfilled and broken by their children. Again, she captures perfectly the man’s insecurity about children, as well as the way children tear the woman’s heart, rending it in such a way she must ignore the man even though it cripples him.

This is simply the most amazing story of human connection. It is NOT to be missed. I am happy to say that it is now available on kindle! While you might loose the fabulous illustrations, you can still rejoice in the story. Portrait of a Marriage: A Novel by Pearl S. Buck.

What About You?

What about you–are you in a book club? Did the “saves the world” points in the article resonate with you? Any points you’d add? Have you ever chosen the book for your bookclub? Leave me some comments!


Ten Books To Get Your Book Club to Love Nonfiction

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Are you tired of reading the be-all, end-all novel of the week? Get your book club to try some nonfiction that reads like fiction. You’ll be surprised how much more there is to talk about.


Three Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway

They didn’t wait for “perfect” to become champions.


Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Prison isn’t what you think it is. Nor is it what you watch on the t.v. show.


Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chung

Find out why America was priced out of manufacturing. Want to live in a dorm? They do.


In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

When an American Ambassador loses control of his daughter and loses control of his mission.


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Life renewed, regained and refreshed thru nature.


A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.

Yes, you can change the world. See how.


Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

The got tired of going to paint and wine parties of their day and did something with their lives.


Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War

The power of one person doing what is right.


Dream Land by Sam Quinones

How the heroin epidemic happened.


My life in France by Julia Child

What can happen when a housewife gets bored.