Book Club News

Kate Larson, Book Club Coordinator
bookclubs@bookpassage.com

The results are in! These titles appeared most on the annual reading lists of book clubs we surveyed. Hundreds of titles were listed only once, proving the diversity and literary acumen of our Book Passage registered book clubs. Many of the books that made it to the Top Ten were listed on many national best-seller lists. But there were also best-sellers that didn’t make it on to the lists of any book club. What does that show? We think our book club members were looking for quality and not hype. Book Passage works with more than 200 registered book clubs. These clubs average around 8 to 10 members each, and they read about 10 to 11 books a year. Add up the numbers, and you see that Book Passage customers are reading a lot of high-quality books!

 2014 Survey of Top Ten Book Club Books
(from a survey of community book clubs)

Results TBA!

2013 Survey of Top Ten Book Club Books
(from a survey of community book clubs)

  1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman
  2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  4. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  5. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  6. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  7. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  8. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

2012 Survey of Top Ten Book Club Books
(from a survey of community book clubs)

  1. The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
  2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  4. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  8. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  9. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  10. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

2011 Survey of Top Ten Book Club Books
(from a survey of community book clubs)

  1. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  5. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
  6. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
  7. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  8. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  9. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  10. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

2010 Survey of Top Ten Book Club Books
(from a survey of community book clubs)

  1. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  2. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  5. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  6. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  8. Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson
  9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein