Wednesday, May 14, 2014

National Book Club Favorites for April

I just got the list of top book club books nationally for April from Based on feedback from 100,000 book club members, part of 39,000 book clubs, here they are - in order:

1.    The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
2.    Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
3.    The Goldfinch:  A Novel - Donna Tartt
4.    The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
5.    And the Mountains Echoed:  A Novel - Khaled Hosseini
6.    The Light Between Oceans:  A Novel - M.L. Stedman
7.    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
8.    Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Maria Semple
9.    Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
10.  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

With 2 on the rise:
We Are Water - Wally Lamb
Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman

Guess what?  The VHOB Book Club is not reading any of these.  Here are the authors/books that are lined up from June through October:

June 19 - Katie Hafner, Mother Daughter Me (memoir)
July 30 - Keith Raffel, A Fine and Dangerous Season (fiction, based on fact that JFK
   audited classes at Stanford Business School in Fall 1940)
August 20 - Ellen Sussman, A Wedding in Provence (well-known local author/teacher)
September 19 - Jana McBurney-Lin, Blossoms and Bayonets (semi-biographical story
   of a young Korean boy during the Japanese occupation of Korea during WWII)
October 28 - Shelly King, The Moment of Everything (debut novel)


  1. The Book Thief was the BEST book I read last year!
    It blew me away!

  2. I keep hearing how good it is. One of these days, I'm going to have to at least get that into my queue. From there, it's anybody's guess when it will hit the top of the stack. My TBR pile looks like its own library/bookstore!

  3. My TBR pile is dangerously high as well -- so many good books, so little time! Thanks for the reading suggestions.

    Yvonne, author of Pandemic

  4. Speaking of TBR piles, I just added Pandemic to mine. When will I get to it, you ask? The answer is the same one that Meg Ryan gave Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. When a very young Sally is crying and says "I'm going to be 30," and Harry says when, she says "Some day!" That's how I feel about my TBR pile. Having said that, it will get a rapid rise up the pile since I "know" the author. I'll let you know when I start reading it.

  5. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story -- someday. :)