I've been asked to chose the first book for a new book club eek!

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It's with like minded mums I met at the school in their last year but now I'm feeling the pressure to pick well! I read fairly widely and enjoy period classics, historical fiction and a touch of wizardy stuff (nothing too woo) as well as the usual water cooler fodder.

Do I pick something I've read before and then read it again or pick one I've heard is good and we all read it for the first time for the club? Don't want to sound overly wanky so want to make sure it's accessible for everyone as well as being a good read.

Was thinking about
The Power of One - not read but had great reviews
I Capture the Castle- read it years ago and loved it
Whatever the first Rebus novel by Ian Rankin was- read later ones so curious about earlier
Gone Girl- it's on my shelf and most people seem to have heard of it this year or already read it

Any suggestions gratefully received!

By the way this club will involve both wine andbiscuit

Tinlegs Fri 18-Oct-13 23:36:34

Also, for something I have just finished with loads to talk about, "The Husband's Secret"

limitedperiodonly Fri 18-Oct-13 23:37:19

Sorry, I went off on one completely and ignored your question.

I'd go for I Capture The Castle. I haven't read it but people say good things.

I've read a Rebus and he's not that great. BTW, I'm heavily lobbying for my suggestions for your next book club choice grin

OinkGlitter Fri 18-Oct-13 23:44:19

In our club, the picker chooses 2 and the others choose between them. Takes the pressure off a little. Also means you can choose something safe and something a bit more out there or niche genre or whatever.

FuckyNellItsHalloween Fri 18-Oct-13 23:54:58

How about the testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

LaQueenOfTheDamned Sat 19-Oct-13 09:12:18

Also highly recommend 'Sophie's Bakery For The Broken-Hearted' by Lolly Winston.

marilynmonroe Sat 19-Oct-13 21:36:04

I picked for our first book group. I went this where 'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple. Great book and easy to read but lots to talk about. We all loved it.

How about The Strangeling's Tale ? It's brilliantly written and great for a book club as each chapter can be taken as a separate story, but they all tie together in the end.

Inkspellme Sat 26-Oct-13 11:52:04

Try to go for something not too long til you figure out does everyone actually have time to read a big book. Def not too bland - nobody really has anything to say about it so not a good book club meeting (apart from the wine of course!). I would also agree with not something you really loved - it's horrible hearing something you thought was fab being slated. Feels oddly personal no matter how constructive and nice they are about it!

In our book club sometimes the chooser nominates 3 books and we decide ourselves which to go for as a group or other times the chooser just picks a book they really want the group to read. Either method works fine.

We read gone girl and it was hated by everyone but the chooser and she had nominated cos she loved it. She didn't seem to mind but I'd have hated that situation.

A book club is great for broadening your horizons on books - its why I enrolled my kids in ones. My only regret about the book club I helped set up is that we didn't bring in the rule of you must read the first 100 pages before dismissing the book. (I'm thinking here of the girl who has turned up in my book club for the last 5 meetings with "oh, I didn't read the book, in fact I haven't got it yet" . ggrrrr....)

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