I go to bookclub once a month. We're an eclectic bunch of women, a motley crue; an ex nun, a dentist, moi, a psychologist, an architecht, a retired internatinal studies lecturer and a stay home mum; we're aussies, were kiwis, were spanish. 'We' used to be mainly americans. That was interesting. Membership is by word of mouth and then consensus when an old member moves on. We have been meeting for four years. We're not a traditional bookclub; we have no set books to read. We're more like a mobile library... with recommendations. Each month we all bring along a book or two (and food) and we take turns to introduce our new books by review and we review books borrowed from last month. All get entered into the 'stash'. Whoever hosts the next month takes the stash (quite a few big bags)and provides the wine. Its a great, informal stress free bookclub. We have even invited some authors to attend and review their book - the last one was Knitting author Anne Bartlett, who lives locally. So for those who are interested, here's my bookclub Top Ten.
*Four Fires - Bryce Courtney ( dont like any of his others but this is brilliant)
*Cathedral of the Sea - Ildefonso Falcone
*The Other Boleyn Girl - Phillipa Gregory
*Q&A - Vikas Swarup ( the movie slumdog millionaire based on this book)
*A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ( possibly my no.1)
*A spy in the house of love - Anais Nin
*Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett ( unlike any other Ken follett book - not a mystery but historical fiction)
* Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides (possibly my No.2)
*Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult
* The Pursuit of Happiness - Douglas Kennedy (no.3)
*eat pray love is a stand by top ten!
Is one of your top ten in my list?