November 9, 2011

Top Book Club Books in October

The following are the most popular book club books during October based on votes from readers and leaders of more than 32,000 book clubs registered at Bookmovement.com:

1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

2. Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

7. The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

10. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Rising Stars:

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

These are all such wonderful books (although, I wasn't very impressed with Sarah's Key)! I've highlighted the ones I've read and hope to eventually read the other four.

Click on the titles to read my reviews.


  1. My book club is reading Cutting for Stone right now.

  2. I love lists like this! Haven't read #4 or 5, but am not really interested in either of them. The rising stars are definitely on my radar though.

    Henrietta Lacks and The Paris Wife were both audiobooks for me - HeLa a favorite of 2010 and The Paris Wife a perfect follow-up to A Moveable Feast.

  3. You haven't read The Paris Wife?!!

  4. Anonymous6:34 AM

    My book club has read quite a few of those. I considered mentioning The Marriage Plot as a possible choice for this month but I am glad I didn't, because although I liked it, I doubt it would have been a hit with my book club.

  5. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It was really interesting and well-written! I really need to get around to Unbroken and I actually started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet last night.

    That's too bad you didn't really like Sarah's Key. I was curious about the movie, but it didn't play here.. Not surprising!

  6. I've only read 4 from this list...but almost all of them are/and or have been on my TBR list!!

  7. Kathy - Cutting For Stone is fabulous. It was chosen for my community's one book, one read selection for 2011. It's a chunkster, but I didn't want it to end.

    JoAnn - I love lists like this, too. :) I thought The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was quite good, but thinking back on it now, it's not one I'd consider reading again. The Hunger Games was addictive and extremely intense. I loved it, but didn't care for the second in the series (Catching Fire). I only read a chapter or two of the third (and last) book (Mocking Jay). I plan to watch the movie, though!

    I've heard nothing but great things about Henrietta Lacks and The Paris Wife, so I'll get to those in 2012. Always nice to kick-off the New Year with some winners. :)

    Pam - No! And I don't know why. Too many other books vying for my attention? I'll read it in another month or two.

    Lola - Hmmm, now you've got me curious about The Marriage Plot. Without giving any away spoilers, why do you think it wouldn't be a hit with your club? Sometimes a book that divides opinions is perfect for a discussion.

    Kailana - As I mentioned to JoAnn, I've heard nothing but rave reviews for HL. I have a feeling my husband would enjoy it, too, so maybe I'll get a printed copy so we can both read it (rather than an ebook - although I can see if it's one that's lendable).

    How are you enjoying The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?

    I think I'll rent Sarah's Key just to see if it's any better than the book. I know a lot of readers loved the book. Sadly, it just didn't impress me.

    Staci - Four's not bad! Isn't it nice to know that the others have been favorites among so many readers?

  8. I own or have read MOST of these!!! Pretty ironic since I'm actually not in a book club. Although, I sort of feel like all of the book blogging community is one big book club. :)

  9. I'm surprised with some of those choices, like the first one. Not a cheery book to read or discuss I would think. I love Guernsey and S's K.

  10. Andi - I know the feeling! I haven't been in a F2F book club for a few years now. I don't miss all the hassles associated with them, but I do miss sitting and chatting with friends about the books. Thank goodness for this blogging community!

    Nan - I agree about Unbroken. I'm not sure how much one could discuss after talking about what a horrible ordeal those young men endured. I loved Guernsey, but didn't care too much for SK.

  11. I didn't like Sarah's Key that much either -- people kept telling me I would love it and I didnt.

  12. Katya - Glad to hear I'm not in the minority! I still might watch the movie. Someday.


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