For Book Clubs Only – Reviews and Discussion Questions

I have been in the Bookies book club since August 2001.  I love our group and through the years we have morphed from reviewing in restaurants, to home reviews with themed foods to the books, to dress up events that make me THRILLED to talk about my awesome book club any day … any time!  😀

What you will find here is a list of what I think were the best of the best book club reads.  Some have ideas attached to them, food to serve, extras we did during the review.  Not all of them do but I would be happy to share any ideas to go with a book you are reading for book club to jazz up the review a bit.  I also, have included discussions posts surrounded by book club themes.

I love the little extras we put into the reviews.  They have for us, strengthened out group and made up a book club of 16 strong that I adore! 

The Making Of A Book Club
What Makes A Great Book Club Read?
How Does Your Book Club Choose It’s Books?
How to have a Book Exchange


Bookies Queen Event 2015

Bookies Queen Event 2014

A Dress Made Out Of Books and a New Queen 2013!

Bookies Queen Event 2012

Bookies Queen Event 2011

Bookies Queen Event 2010

Bookies Queen Event 2009

Bookies Queen Event 2008

Crowning a Queen!

The Book Club Cook Book  (looking for AWESOME books to review and food to go with them?  This is the book you need!


The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Tiger In The Kitchen a Memoir of Food and Family by Cheryl Lu-Lein Tan

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (and our very own host Cleopatra!)

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Descent by Tim Johnston w/ Discussion Questions

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Giants In The Earth by Ole Edvart Rolvaag

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell w/discussion questions

Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In The Belly Of Jonah by Sandra Brannan

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Language Of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens w/ discussion question

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Room by Emma Donoghue

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

 Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain W/ discussion Questions

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Sundays AT Tiffanys by James Patterson

Very Valentine by Adrianna Trigianni

 Vintage by Susan Gloss/ W Discussion Questions

The Wizard Of Oz by Frank Baum


16 thoughts on “For Book Clubs Only – Reviews and Discussion Questions

  1. have you considered “The Way of the Bull” by Leo Buscaglia? How about “The Christmas Train” by David Baldacci? Let me know what you thinnk of them… Cheers!

  2. Hi, Just found your website recently and just today saw your book club section. really cool. I started a book club 5 years ago in Sacramento. 2 years ago I moved to Seattle and the book club continued. I now fly back every other month to attend (my sister also lives in Sacramento ). we’ve read several of the same books as your club- Room, Moloka’i and Cutting for Stone. Loved them all and not the stuff I might have read in the past.
    Here is our blog with food and stuff if you want to take a look. We have a Constellation of Vital Phenomena coming up soon so after reading your review, I wonder what our group will think. Keep writing!

  3. We just celebrated our 10th year as a BOOK CLUB. We have read some of the books you listed.
    So many books, and so wonderful: Some of ours to name a few: “The Girl with Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee / “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Ampor Towles / “The Art Forger”: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro / “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani / – “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman / “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah / “Calico Palace” by Gwen Bristow / “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham / “The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown

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