Saturday, January 9, 2010

International Book Club

Before I started this blog, I was participating (still am) in an online book group, International Book Club aka IBC, since 1999. The group interacts via email only.

The reading group was formed originally at (an onelist mailing list group) which then became part of Geocities and now is part of Yahoo Groups.

The name for the group, IBC, was created based on the fact that the women who joined were from different parts of the world rather than the types of books read. The founding list owner was living in Norway and the co-founder was in New York. At the time, I was in Connecticut. When the founders left the group, I stepped in to co-moderate the list in the latter half of 1999.

The group is composed of about 40 women with 5 to 10 active during a given month. Also, depending on how a book impacts our worlds.

The books we've read have always been selected via nomination then vote by members. The only rules are that the books be fiction and in paperback. Below is the list of books we've read to date.

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When I started this blog last year, my interaction with IBC was decreasing. Blogging about other books started to take over. I was falling behind in reading the monthly selections which I have always been good in keeping up with. Boo-hoo. Not good. :-(

Because I love IBC and want to continue to be a part of it, I've decided to incorporate it into this blog. So, another monthly feature on this blog will be the books read for IBC. I guess this could be counted as an ongoing challenge for me.

February - tba
January - The Tour by Jean Grainger

December - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
November - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
October - Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
September - The Cold Dish (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson
August - A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
July - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
June - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
May - Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsey Jayne Ashford
April - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
March - The Muralist by B A Shapiro
February - The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown
January - In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - my review

December - Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
November - Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
October - The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
September - The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
August - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
July - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
June- The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
May - The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George - my review
April - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
March - Isle of Palms by Dorothea Benton Frank
February - The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
January - The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant

December - The Heart of Horses by Molly Gloss
November - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - my review
October - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
September - I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum - my review
August - The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
July - The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
June - The Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - my review
May - The Diary of Maddie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
April - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
March - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
February - The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
January - The Color of Milk by Nell Leyshon

December - your choice
November - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
October - Defending Jacob by William Landay
September - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
August - The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
July - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) - my review
June - Stardust by Neil Gaiman
May - The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki
April - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
March - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
February - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
January - The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas

December - A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
November - The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
October - Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
September - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - my review
August - The Time In Between/The Seamstress by Maria Duenas
July - Juliet in August by Dianne Warren
June - The Whip by Karen Kondazian
May - Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield
April - Beach Trees by Karen White
March - The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
February - Honolulu by Alan Brennert
January - War Brides by Helen Bryan

December - The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
November - The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
October - Tandia by Bryce Courtenay
September - Earthly Pleasures by Karen Neches
August - The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
July - The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman
June - Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
May - Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
April - Any Human Heart by William Boyd
March - The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
February - Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
January - The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

December - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
November - Whaleboat House/Amagansett by Mark Mills
October - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
September - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
August - Old Filth by Jane Gardam
July - Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
June - Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
May - The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
April - Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah
March - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
February - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
January - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter:A Novel by Vargas Llosa

December - The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
November - Molokai by Alan Brennert
October - The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
September - Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
August - Little Bee by Chris Cleave
July - The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
June - The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
May - The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
April - The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
March - How to be Good by Nick Hornby
February - Night of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
January - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

December - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - my review
November - Still Alice by Lisa Genova
October - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - my review
September - The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry - my review
August - Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
July - The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
June - Enchantment by Orson Scott Card - my review
May - Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
April - The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
March - The Shack by William P. Young
February - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
January - The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

December - Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
November - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
October - Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
September - Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
August - Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
July - Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
June - The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
May - The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
April - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
March - Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
February - The Keep by Jennifer Egan
January - The Spirit of Sweetgrass by Nicole Seitz

December - Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
November - The Quality of Mercy by Faye Kellerman
October - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
September - Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
August - Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
July - Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
June - Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
May - Kindred by Octavia E Butler
April - The Twelth Transforming by Pauline Gedge
March - The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
February - The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
January - The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

December - Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
November - The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
October - Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
September - Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
August - P.S., I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
July - The Rice Mother by Rani Manika
June - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
May - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
April - A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi
March - My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
February - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
January - Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

December - The Christmas Quilt by Thomas J. Davis
November - A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
October - Silk by Allessandro Baricco
September - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
August - The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
July - The Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
June - Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
May - Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
April - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
March - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
February - Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
January - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

December - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
November - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
October - Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
September - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
August - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
July - Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama
June - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
May - Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
April - Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan
March - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
February - White Teeth by Zadie Smith
January - Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

December - Three Junes by Julia Glass
November - These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
October - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
September - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
August - Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
July - The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
June - Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
May - 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
April - The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
March - Apologizing to Dogs by Joe Coomer
February - Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
January - Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding

December - Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
November - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
October - I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
September - The Rose Grower by Michelle de Kretser
August - This Body by Laurel Marian Doud
July - White Oleander by Janet Fitch
June - The Drowning People by Richard Mason
May - Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier
April - What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
March - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
February - Shopgirl by Steve Martin
January - Moo by Jane Smiley

December - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
November - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
October - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
September - Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
August - Chocolat by Joanne Harris
July - Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
June - The Dress Lodger by Sherri Holm
May - One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
April - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover
March - Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
February - The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
January - Plainsong by Kent Haruf

December - Literary Murder by Batya Goor
November - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
October - The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
September - The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
August - Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
July - The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
June - Winterkill by Craig Lesley
May - Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
April - The Cider House Rules by John Irving
March - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
February - Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God by Joe Coomer
January - Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

December - Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
November - Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
October - The Honk & Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts
September - Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
August - Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
July - none
June - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
May - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
April - Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
March - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
February - Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
January - Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler


  1. Great idea to incorporate the book club with your blog. Maybe some of us bloggers can play along by reading some of the books that you choose. Will read your reviews and book club comments with interest.

  2. Great idea. You really have a lot happening on your blog ! :)

  3. How cool, that sounds exactly like my online all-women e-mail bookgroup (Boekgrrls), except that we're communicating in Dutch -- so it's mostly Dutch participants ;)

    I saw The Housekeepe and the Professor on last year's list... I just finished reading it for the Japanese Literature Bookgroup! Review pending though ;)

  4. Thank you for your lists! I joined two book clubs 3 years ago and am always interested in what other's are reading.

  5. Goodness "we" have read a lot of books!! I have been a member almost since the beginning and have read over 2/3 of the books each year - and have found many authors that I would NEVER have picked on my own!!! Love it, LOVE IT!!

  6. Hmm. A lot of these are great books, and a lot I haven't heard of. Going to have to look them up. I wish I had more time to take on another book club, but I just don't. :(


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