Friday, December 28, 2012

Las Vegas Bookies Selections for 2012

The end of 2012 is just around the corner and so ends another fun year with The Las Vegas Bookies.  As I reviewed the list from this year, I thought we didn't choose the best books.  We tried to please everyone with each month's selection and ended up with many so-so books as far as discussions went.

We had several chats about choosing books for 2013 and I think that our choices will be better.  We want to read books that have a moral angst to them.  A "what would you do?" type of book.   Fun, fluffy books are just not good for book club discussions we've discovered.

Plus, we're going to add 2 or 3 more Bookies.  We think that it will help during the times when a few of us are out-of-town. Hopefully, it will add some juice to discussions too!

So for now take a browse through our 2012 selections.  Also, let me know if there is a must read for 2013.  So far we have Gone Girl and The Dovekeepers.  Our intentions are to choose six months of books in advance.

The picture is of the Las Vegas Bookies in their "ugly Christmas vests."

Anyway, here's the 2012 list and verdicts.

Las Vegas Bookies Book Selections 2012

Title                                        Author                                                           Verdict

Art of Racing in the Rain        Garth Stein                                                      Good

March                                     Geraldine Brooks                                            Great

Next to Love                           Ellen Feldman                                                 Ugh

We Were the Mulvaney’s       Joyce Carol Oates                                           Good

Sarah’s Key                            Tatiana de Rosnay                                          Great

Before I go to Sleep                S.J. Watson                                                     Good

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn     Betty Smith                                                    Great

Peace Like a River                   Lei Enger                                                         Great

In the Company of the Courtesan      Sarah Dunant                                      Good

Off the Grid                            P.J. Tracy                                                       So-so

Philanthropist’s Danse           Paul Wornham                                                Great

The Red Book                         Deborah Kogan                                               Ugh

Happy Reading in 2013,


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