2014 Top Ten Book Club Picks
The results are in! Here are the Top Ten Book Club picks from 2014 taken from a survey of Book Passage registered book clubs:
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
7. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
9. The Season of the Witch by David Talbot
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The titles listed above appeared MOST on 2014 reading lists submitted by book groups in response to our request. As in the past, many books appeared on only one list, with diverse titles such as The Art of War, Evolutionary Enlightenment, Fahrenheit 451 and The Price of Privilege. The only surprise was The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize) which appeared on many lists and was the number one choice. We know that most book clubs only read and discuss paperbacks, understandably. Some have a 300-350 page limit on the books they will read. We even know of one book group who have a one inch deep limit. The surprise was that so many book clubs chose a nearly 800 page novel which was only available in hardcover at the time!
Thanks to all of you who sent in your club’s 2014 reading lists. Many people look forward to seeing it, not only book club members but Book Passage customers as well. It wouldn’t be possible without your participation which we greatly appreciate.
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