The Quiet Book Club is Here — Please Vote For Your First Book Selection!

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books 1024x695 The Quiet Book Club is Here    Please Vote For Your First Book Selection!We’ve been talking for a while about launching a Book Club on this site. It’s time finally to get started! Every month we’ll choose a paperback book, and give ourselves three weeks to read it. During the fourth week, we’ll meet back on this site, or perhaps on my Facebook page, for a great discussion.

If you want to participate, please be sure to “sign in” to the Book Club here. This way, you’ll get an email letting you know the “Book of the Month” and the scheduled discussion hour. I’ll post that info on the blog too, of course, but you won’t have to worry about missing the post. Also, I’ll send Book Club members other tidbits of news and info as we go.

For today, please let me know which of these three books you’d be interested in reading (you can choose more than one):

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Thanks!

 


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  1. Kim on 14.07.2011 at 12:53 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead. I have not read any of her books yet and this sounds like a good one to start with!

    1. Jenna on 20.07.2011 at 21:34 (Reply)

      Super Sad Love Story

  2. Phil Holmes on 14.07.2011 at 13:35 (Reply)

    Susan, this is a great idea. I found the descriptions of all three works interesting, so I would have no concerns about reading any of those books; however, if I were to choose, I would pick “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Diaz.

  3. Joe BW Smith on 14.07.2011 at 13:47 (Reply)

    I vote for Super Sad True Love Story. But I plan on participating anyway.

  4. Susie on 14.07.2011 at 14:11 (Reply)

    “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is my vote.

  5. diana on 14.07.2011 at 15:32 (Reply)

    “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is my first choice.

  6. Allison on 14.07.2011 at 17:52 (Reply)

    I’d like to read “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

  7. Catherine on 14.07.2011 at 18:33 (Reply)

    I’d happily read any of these, but I’m leaning towards Super Sad True Love Story or The Brief Life of Oscar Wao. I really enjoyed Diaz’s Drown, and Super Sad sounds like it could be super fun. :)

  8. Patricia on 14.07.2011 at 19:55 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story would be my first choice. The Brief Life of Oscar Wao would be my second.

  9. Christine on 14.07.2011 at 20:25 (Reply)

    Gilead is one of my very favorite books, so I would be happy to reread and discuss it. The Brief Wondrous Life would be my first choice, but truthfully, I’ll be happy with any of the books.

  10. Stephen on 14.07.2011 at 20:42 (Reply)

    They each sound very good. I think my first pick would be Super Sad True Love Story.

  11. Anne on 14.07.2011 at 20:56 (Reply)

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

  12. Kristi on 14.07.2011 at 21:08 (Reply)

    Gilead or Oscar – looking forward to it!

  13. Starthrower on 14.07.2011 at 21:22 (Reply)

    I’ll go with Super Sad True Love Story.

  14. Juliette on 14.07.2011 at 21:24 (Reply)

    Extremely interested in “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”. :)

  15. Tom Rhoads on 14.07.2011 at 21:25 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart looks like a book I will enjoy reading.

  16. Peace on 14.07.2011 at 21:34 (Reply)

    Of the three, I have read only “Gilead,” and would be glad to read it again. The elegiac, meditative tone is something beautiful and rare. Based on reviews, if all three were in front of me, the one I’d pick up first is “Super sad true love story”.

    Suggestions for future selections? I’m reading “Pearl Buck in China,” finding it fascinating — a nonfiction “Poisonwood Bible” meets “Wild swans: Three daughters of China”. It would be good to discuss a person of so many worlds, none of which she seemed at home in.

    1. Susan Cain on 14.07.2011 at 21:48 (Reply)

      Poisonwood Bible and Wild Swans are two of my all-time favorite books, so now I can’t wait to read “Pearl Buck in China”! Thx for the tip. Will include it in a future vote. (And if I seem to forget, pls feel free to remind me.)

  17. Kim Locke on 14.07.2011 at 21:40 (Reply)

    Gilead or Oscar….both look quite entertaining! I’m so looking forward to starting a book with this group!!! :)

  18. Debra on 14.07.2011 at 21:46 (Reply)

    I put Gilead at the top of the list but they all sound spectacular and I can’t wait, whatever we read!

  19. Pat on 14.07.2011 at 21:51 (Reply)

    “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

  20. marina on 14.07.2011 at 22:08 (Reply)

    They all sound pretty good..but I vote for Super Sad True Love Story

  21. Judy on 14.07.2011 at 22:50 (Reply)

    My choice would be Gilead. I have never read a book along with a group before so am looking forward to participating regardless of which book is chosen!

  22. Valerie on 14.07.2011 at 22:58 (Reply)

    Gilead is my first choice!

  23. Edith on 15.07.2011 at 00:18 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead!

  24. Timo on 15.07.2011 at 01:49 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead. Each book sounds really interesting.

  25. Mark on 15.07.2011 at 06:31 (Reply)

    They all seem interesting, and I am not familiar w any of them — I’ll follow the group think on this one

    Thanks for making this happen!

  26. Troy on 15.07.2011 at 07:34 (Reply)

    Gilead gets my vote.

  27. Vee on 15.07.2011 at 07:49 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead but would read all of them :)

  28. dianna on 15.07.2011 at 08:27 (Reply)

    I also vote for Gilead, but would enjoy all of them!

  29. Donna on 15.07.2011 at 08:30 (Reply)

    I would be most interested in Super Sad True Love Story and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in that order. Gilead sounds good too for another time. Right now I am interested in something with a little more energy. I want to participate no matter which book is chosen.

  30. Danielle on 15.07.2011 at 08:31 (Reply)

    Gilead or Oscar are my votes!

  31. Caroline on 15.07.2011 at 08:51 (Reply)

    Gilead for me please.

  32. Kim Taylor on 15.07.2011 at 08:51 (Reply)

    I vote for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, but all of these books sound great.

  33. Laura on 15.07.2011 at 09:14 (Reply)

    GILEAD or SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY (which I might not read on my own).

  34. Susan B on 15.07.2011 at 09:16 (Reply)

    I would like to read them all but my first choice would be The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao.

  35. Maria on 15.07.2011 at 09:20 (Reply)

    “Super Sad True Love Story”

  36. Carole on 15.07.2011 at 09:21 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead. Read Housekeeping by same author a few years ago and enjoyed it, and author will be in my city this fall! So it will be nice to have recently read something by her. But no matter the selection I plan to participate in the book club. :)

  37. Eliza on 15.07.2011 at 09:29 (Reply)

    I’ll vote for Gilead!

  38. Carmen on 15.07.2011 at 09:47 (Reply)

    I’d vote for Gilead or the Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.
    I’d like to read all three, actually.

  39. Rachel on 15.07.2011 at 09:57 (Reply)

    I would like to read them all. My choice would be The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao or Super Sad True Love Story. I look forward to be participate in the book club. :)

  40. eileen on 15.07.2011 at 11:03 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

  41. Nancy on 15.07.2011 at 11:44 (Reply)

    My daughter really liked The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao when it was assigned for one of her college classes. But my vote would be for Gilead, since I’ve heard such great things about that and Robinson’s previous book Housekeeping.

  42. Carol Morgan Cox on 15.07.2011 at 11:49 (Reply)

    All 3 books look great. My vote is for Super Sad True Love Story.

  43. Sally on 15.07.2011 at 12:31 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead!
    Super Sad True Love Story was rather bleak…I didn’t finish it.

  44. Lisa on 15.07.2011 at 12:41 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  45. carrie on 15.07.2011 at 13:58 (Reply)

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz is my vote – but all sound intriguing!

  46. Elizabeth on 15.07.2011 at 14:46 (Reply)

    Gilead is one of my favorite books, so I would love to reread it and discuss. Second: Oscar

  47. Christine Myers on 15.07.2011 at 14:52 (Reply)

    I vote for Super Sad True Love Story. The letter from the author on the Amazon page instantly clicked with me and I myself am in a May-December romance.

  48. Elizabeth R on 15.07.2011 at 15:27 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead.

  49. Lexi on 15.07.2011 at 18:12 (Reply)

    Gilead (have already read the other two)

  50. Madeleine on 15.07.2011 at 18:59 (Reply)

    Please add one vote for The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.

  51. Neva on 15.07.2011 at 19:23 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead because I have been meaning to read it. I love Super Sad True Love Story so much that I have stopped reading it so that I can look forward to finishing it at some point in the future. :)

  52. martina on 15.07.2011 at 22:29 (Reply)

    Gilead for me too. I have read it, loved it and know that it is so rich that it repays additional visits and provides almost limitless opportunities for good discussion. Thanks for setting up the group!!

  53. Carol on 16.07.2011 at 08:47 (Reply)

    I vote for Super Sad True Love Story. But all of them seem interesting!

  54. Valerie on 16.07.2011 at 09:44 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story gets my vote!

  55. Casey on 16.07.2011 at 11:15 (Reply)

    I would love to participate and read Gilead, with Oscar as my second choice.

  56. John on 16.07.2011 at 17:34 (Reply)

    I would prefer Super Sad True Love Story. Great idea!

  57. Becky on 16.07.2011 at 19:17 (Reply)

    Any of the three would be fine with me. I have read Gilead, so I would prefer either of the other two. Super Sad True Love Story sounds the most interesing.

  58. greg on 16.07.2011 at 19:22 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  59. Kelly C on 16.07.2011 at 23:09 (Reply)

    I vote Gilead as my top pick. Super Sad True Love Story as my second choice.

  60. Mark on 17.07.2011 at 05:52 (Reply)

    I am leaving soon for a week long bicycle trip and need something to keep me entertained in my tent each night. I going with Super Sad True Love Story. Yes, I know I’m jumping the gun, but they all look interesting to me. I’m certain I’ll read Super Sad and Brief Wonderous, not so sure about Gilead yet, but who knows. Anybody else find it interesting that a brand new paperback copy from Amazon is actually cheaper than the Kindle version? Cheaper by a large enough margin to offset the shipping costs too! As a former bookstore owner, and avid reader in both pulp and e-ink, I find these details interesting. I was torn between getting the digital version to save weight in my panniers and lessen my carbon footprint, or the pulp version because I always prefer the feel and smell of an actual book when I’m digesting it’s content. After reading the description of Super Sad, it had to be pulp! Thanks Susan for such a wonderful blog for people like me.

  61. Brandon T. on 17.07.2011 at 14:36 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead!

  62. Susan R on 17.07.2011 at 21:18 (Reply)

    So hard to choose, but choose I do: Oscar Wao

  63. Charlotte on 18.07.2011 at 12:26 (Reply)

    They all look good but I think I’m drawn the most to Super Sad True Love Story

  64. Aaron on 18.07.2011 at 13:21 (Reply)

    I vote for Gilead because it’s the one I’m least likely to read otherwise.

  65. Noel on 18.07.2011 at 17:06 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story.

  66. MG on 19.07.2011 at 11:02 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Story

  67. Matthew on 19.07.2011 at 12:39 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story. Or as one review at Amazon called it, Super Funny Dystopian Love Satire…

  68. Chezabel on 08.05.2013 at 16:26 (Reply)

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  69. Navneet on 17.09.2013 at 01:25 (Reply)

    i vote for and the mountain echoed by khalid hosseini. All about human emotions, circumstances that force us to take indefinite decisons.

  70. Tom Rhoads on 18.09.2013 at 14:05 (Reply)

    I vote for “Super Sad True Love Story”, by Gary Shteyngart. I think it has been on each of our book club lists, so I really should have read it by now. I haven’t been disappointed in any books selected so far so I’m in for whatever book we choose.

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