It’s Never Too Early to Plan Ahead

August 2, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Book Club, Our Next Book | 8 Comments

Does anyone have any good suggestions for next time? 

A suggestion that I have is The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud.  I’ve been hearing so much about it.  This last week’s issue of People magazine said that it is “unputdownable.”  NPR gave this novel exceptionally glowing reviews.



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  1. This doesn’t seem to have great reviews on Amazon (didn’t read much of them, as there are often too many spoilers), but I’m willing to give it a try. Often times some of the not-so-great novels have a lot in them to discuss.

    As a couple of other suggestions:

    Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky
    Saturday – Ian McEwan
    On Beauty – Zadie Smith

  2. Those all look like excellent choices to me. Does anyone else have other suggestions?

  3. I bought The Emporer’s Children, if we want to make this out next read. I was in the bookstore, and it was on sale, and well… before you know it, it had jumped into my bag. 🙂

  4. I hate it when that happens. Let’s do it! I have an Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket.

  5. I thought I’d suggest a few titles I have enjoyed one way or another:

    The Bronze Horseman by Paulinna Simons

    The Red Tent Anita Diamant

    Kaui Hart Hemmings – The Descendants

    Jennifer Donnelly – The Tea Rose

    Alice Sebold – Lucky

  6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

    I simply adore this book.

    Bel Canto

  7. Midas ~

    Thank you so much for your suggestions! I hope that you join us for our next book.

    I’ve read The Kite Runner and Lucky. Both are incredible books. Lucky was really hard to read, but worth every word. I’m honored that Alice Sebold felt that she could tell that story to me (and the rest of the world). I read it after reading The Lovely Bones and it definitely shed a whole new light on that book. Peter Jackson is working on making that book into a movie and I can’t wait!

  8. I hope they do a great job adapting that book because it was a very good book. I already read it after Lovely Bones. I keep stopping because it was very visceral.

    What’s your next book?

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