I am a few weeks away from having to present my bookclub with a list of three books to vote on, the winner of which will be discussed at my home in 2008. We all look forward to seeing what everyone suggests each October.
The only book I know will definitely be on my list is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I just loved this when I read it a few years ago, but hope it is not too similar to my book choice in 2006, Up From Orchard Street by Eleanor Widmer.
I am also considering:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - I really loved reading this book. A friend I recommended it to said "Thank you. It was everything I wanted in a book." The only downside is that my bookclub seems somewhat resistant to books about other cultures - the ones I've suggested have generally not been chosen.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie - I've been hearing so much about this since it won the Orange Prize. Same downside as Snow Flower - but this is very close to being on my definite list.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - I'm just nuts about this though I know there is at least one person that would dislike it.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - I have not read this - though I've read lots of books in the same vein. I doubt this would be a popular choice for an number of reasons.
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas - This was written about most beautifully by Kay and I've been considering it.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini- This sounds really good and I think there would be a good discussion. Downsides include being available only in hardcover for the time being and my suspicion that someone else will suggest it.
That's all I have so far. I am often disappointed in the bookclub's choices. It sometimes seems as though people don't put much thought into their suggestions while I tend to mull it over quite a bit. So often, I have already read the books that are chosen and in my opinion we've read too many 'silly' books that aren't worth discussing. We have been together for seven years and I like all the members very much so that keeps me active in the group.
I am open to suggestions!