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.
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.
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,