"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Book Club Megalist

The Shepherd of the Hill Book Club has been operating since 1995 continuously. There are still several members, including myself, who have been part of the group since its inception. 😇

In 2003-04 we started using the library book club kits, which conveniently give us 15 books and a leaders guide but we have to make our choices from their options. Once a year, approximately, we may opt for a month of free-choice, often associated with the Pierce Reads! book promoted for the the whole county. Because we sign up for the kits up to a year in the future, we always know what books we will be reading ahead of time. 😀

I have been keeping a big mega-list of the books we've read over the years on a WORD document. For some reason I can no longer save that document as a web page and transport it to this page and bring the formatting with it. So now I am resorting to screen shots of the document. Not ideal, I know, but at least the columns aren't super narrow and unreadable. But you see all the squiggly lines of "misspelled " words/names. 😒

Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and you will find a list of my top ten favorite book club discussion books, ones that led to the best discourse among our club members. Out of around 300 book titles, these ten are really something special. 👇 

   *= books I didn't read.

We've read so many great books over the past 26 years but as I look over the list there are just a hand full of books which are memorable for the discussion we held over them. Here are my 

Top ten discussion books from this list:

  1.  Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
  2.  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
  4. The Shack by William Young
  5. Guernica by Dave Boling 
  6. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
  7. Housekeeper and Professor by Yoko Oguara
  8. Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
  9. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  10. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Rattner


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