Morning Meanderings: The Best Book Club Choices

Good morning!

After a day spent almost entirely in bed (I think it was the flu – achy, queasy, and tired – and not these are not names of dwarfs…) I am up and still feel a bit weak but able to function.

Top Book Club Books in February

The following are the most popular book club books during February based on votes from readers of 27,000 book clubs registered at

1. Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
2. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
4. Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
5. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
8. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel by Beth Hoffman
9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford
10. The Forgotten Garden: A Novel by Kate Morton

Rising stars:

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Juliet by Anne Fortier

The ones I have highlighted in red are the ones that my book club has (or in the case of Cutting For Stone – will be) read as a group.  The other 4 on this top ten list I have read on my own.  I kind of felt good about that 😀  I have not read either of the rising stars.


Have you read any of these books?  Would you agree they make for good book club discussions?  Are there books that you would recommend for book clubs to add to this list?

53 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings: The Best Book Club Choices

  1. I have read: #2 & 10 (loved them & great book club picks)

    #5 is on my TBR pile.. which I’m going to read soon (since the movie’s going to be out soon)

    #9 is on my wishlist =)

  2. Did you also have grumpy, sneezy, and dopey? Then you needed Doc! Sorry to make fun. Hope you’re feeling lots better, so you can be Happy. Oh my, I really have to stop this! 😀

  3. Feel better very soon, Sheila,

    There are some great titles on that list.

    Loved The Help and Saving Cee Cee,
    unfortuantely the UK have yet to experience Saving Cee Cee (I resort to online shopping for some US titles)

    Juliet is on my wishlist.


  4. I am working through most of that list! I am reading The Help right now and I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Thanks for the list!

  5. I have read all but 3 and 7. I have a copy of Little Bee waiting for me at the library so I will read this one soon. I started but haven’t finished Cutting for Stone. Solid list but I’m surprised to see how many of these titles are a few years old! My book club has read all of the titles I have read which brings a smile to my face 🙂

      1. It’s about a woman who finds out she may be related to the Romeo and Juliet real life people that Shakespeare wrote his play about. She goes to Italy to find out what happened to her parents and ends up diving into the world of the real Romeo and Juliet. Beautiful story. It started off slow, but has really picked up.
        It alternates between present day with Julie and 1340 with Guiletta and Romeo

  6. read the 19th wife in conjunction with under the banner of heaven… interesting!! and then to lighten up the conversation you can watch an episode of sister wives on tlc!! seriously though..both books together are awesome!

  7. Hope you feel better soon! (Probably a little aftershock from the “plunge” into icy waters!) 😉

    I’ve read a few of these and want to finish up that list. I can see why these were book club faves…lots to talk about!


  8. Apologies that it has been a while since my last visit, various family issues have taken up so much of my time.

    I have read Room and The 19th Wife and would highly recommend them both as good book club reads as there is such a lot to discuss. I know Room, though not actually read at either of my reading groups, had been read by most of us and we spent so much time talking about it, debating what our actions would have been and whether ‘Ma’ was in fact a good mother or not.
    I look forward to reading more on this subject.

  9. Room, Water for Elephants and The Help i have seen absolutely everywhere and yet again like so many others i think i will invest!! I hope they are good!

  10. I’ve read two books on the list (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Sarah’s Key) and Juliet from the list of rising stars. I would say that Juliet would not make for a good book discussion book compared to Sarah’s Key and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I would suggest Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, and Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult as other good book discussion choices.

  11. I have read both rising star books and really enjoyed both. I have several on the book clubs list as well, but haven’t read them yet.

    I hope you feel better. Being such an active person I know you feel really horrible.

  12. So sorry you’ve been feeling bad. Maybe jumping into freezing cold water in winter temperatures wasn’t such a good idea…just saying. 😀 You know, you’ll catch your death and all that old adage! Anyway, I hope you’re on the mend.

    I have not read any on the list. *hangs head in shame*
    But I’m definitely reading Water for Elephants soon…before the movie comes out…and I picked up The 19th Wife from Paperback Swap a couple of weeks ago and Room at a library sale. My mom loved Room.

    1. I think I am mending – thanks Michelle – back to the gym tomorrow so hopefully can knock the duct off of me 🙂

      You have read none of these? Oh Michelle… you are missing out! Yes read Water For Elephants – this is great timing with the move and I will be doing a new review on it her too 🙂

    1. Thanks I am feeling pretty good today – you must (must must) read some of these books…. I recommend….
      *scrolling to check the list*

      Water for Elephants or Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet 😀

  13. Are you still book clubbing? I was just searching for titles and reviews for our next book choice and stumbled on your blog. Interesting enough, we have read most of your selections…that really susprised me! We haven’t read 3, 8 and 9.

    We are a group of four ladies who meet every 4-6 weeks…now, with new information from my reading , I’ll move onto for more information…thanks…

    1. I am – in fact on my right side bar towards the top is a click able button I did recently about my book club. I am also working on a post that lists all the books we have read through the years but I am not finished with that yet 😀

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