Blog created by and for book lovers and those interested in Book Clubs. A Reliable Wife was my first book club read and was part of the inspiration for the title of this blog. Forming a book club has brought me great joy and satisfaction and I will share my thoughts and insights with you.
Reviewing my virtual book club
reads from 2012 led to this post in which I wanted to get a snapshot of past book club hits and misses.
My biggest 2012 book disappointment was The Peach Keeper. I
typically love Sarah Addison Allen as an author who focuses on magical realism.
I adored our book club years ago when we read her The Sugar Queen—a mysterious
and intriguing story. Sadly, The Peach Keeper fell flat, it was almost like an
outline of a good story that was not developed, not fleshed out enough—I wanted
more depth and I was not alone in that desire. What authors need to realize, is
that some members of book club only read 11 books a year—those chosen by the
book club—and while I recognize that is a small focus area, that is the sweet
Another book disappointment was Mama Does Time, which is a
cozy mystery that was auto recommended to me by Goodreads. I am always thrilled
to find a new great author, but the Mama mystery was not fast enough, and it was too formulaic--I wont be continuing the
series. Cozy mysteries are a good choice after a long or serious book. Some of
my favorite cozy mystery writers include Cleo Coyle, M.C. Beaton, and Sarah
The unanimous favorite of Best Book Club Book for 2012 was
The Language of Flowers, a rare and beautiful book. This book features a young
girl aging out of the foster care system, her only skill knowing the meaning
behind flowers. Learning the meaning behind flowers was fascinating, you may
never look at Peonies the same way again. I highly recommend that you select
this book for your next book club! See my review at http://awifeofbookclubblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/original-beauty-in-language-of-flowers.html
Other books that will lead to great discussions include: