Happy Birthday to me from Stephanie D! The blue album/book on the bottom left is amazing! Stephanie made it in commeration of our book club. The cover has a picture of a magnet (that everyone  in the book club has) that says “Bad Girls Book Club: Where half the group doesn’t read the book, And the other half doesn’t even show up!”. Which just so happened to be true…sometimes! Inside are the books that we read from May 2006-May 2009.

Curious about what we read? Prepar to be astounded. Kidding. I will link everything to Amazon so if your interested in a particular title, you can read more.

The club got started when the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die was acquired by the library. The idea at first was to read books that were listed in the book. That lasted for a bit, but then we used other criteria for making our selections.

In order:

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Marya by Joyce Carol Oates

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Singing Creeks Where the Willows Grow by Opal Whiteley & Benjamin Hoff

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

We each read a different Pulitzer winner during May 2007: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos, March by Geraldine Brooks

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Atonement by Ian McEwan

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

At this point we decided to read  titles from genre fiction. So that would be romance, mystery, science fiction, and western. Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas, Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Wicked:The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Ahhhh, good times!

I would be happy to answer questions on particular titles.