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dog-eared pages and coffee stains: a book club of sorts

This post led to many a marvelous suggestion about books that I should read. And this list is lighting a fire under my oh-so-lovely-behind to get crackin'...a book club to form and books, books, books to read (25 before the big birthday). So... all this got me thinking. I'm adding this little collage above to my sidebar. One click on it will lead you here to this post (this ever-evolving, constantly in need of edits post). The idea is that this is a place where you (yes, you!) can leave suggestions or book reviews. It's (in a sense) a little online book club. I'll let you know what I'm reading and publish reviews as I check off those 25 books. And I'll pass on my all time favorites. So, here we go...

25 books before
25th Birthday:

1. Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies
2. The Emporer's Children by Claire Messud
3. Dancing on Thorns by Rebecca Horsfall
4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. The Namesake
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
7. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers


The Hero and the Crown
by Robin Mckinley

suggested by Sarah-Lucy

The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
by David Eggers

suggested by Red

The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

suggested by Sarah-Lucy

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

suggested by Megan

The Poison Wood Bible
by Barbara Kingslover

suggested by Katie

Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky

suggested by Katie

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

suggested by Katie and by Red

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Maurakami

suggested by Katie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

suggested by Katie

The Sex Lives of Cannibals
by Maarten Troust

suggested by Christie (she said it was quite possibly the funniest book she's ever read)

The Unwanted
by Kien Nguyen

suggested by Christie

Observatory Mansions
by Edward Carey

suggested by Christie

The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

suggested by Mariah

The Historian
by Elizabeth Lostova

suggested by Mariah 

The Bone Man of Benares 
by Terry Tarnoff

suggested by Tina Tarnoff

The Feast of Love
by Charles Baxter

suggested by Thao

The Time Traveler's Wife   (NOW READING)
by Audrey Niffengger

suggested by Micaela 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

suggested by Krysta

The Dud Avocado 
by Elaine Dundy

suggested by iheartkiwi

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

suggested by Krysta

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
by Barbara Kingsolver

suggested by MMW

The God of Animals
by Aryn Kyle

suggested by Lauren

The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss

suggested by JulieD

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

suggested by Tina Tarnoff

On Beauty
by Zadie Smith

suggested by hay

The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

suggested by Gabby

photo credits (clockwise): 
kate spade ad, yellowbird on flickr, 
(need your help on this one), 


Mariah said...

oh, The Time Travelers Wife and The History of love are two of my favorite novels! I hope you enjoy them!!!

You should add The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon to your list!!! Two more of my favorites!

Christie said...

Some of my very favorites:

Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey

The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen (if you like non-fiction)

The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Maarten Troost (quite possibly the funniest book I've ever read).


Gabby said...

This is a great idea! I'll keep checking back :)

Thao said...

Yay!! I am SO glad you decided to do this. I just went to the library today and I wandered around for a long time trying to decide what to borrow ... now I'll always have some suggestions on hand. (And also some more reasons to avoid reading Ulysses!) I hope you enjoy The Time Traveler's Wife as much as I did and please do send any recommendations my way too!

Diana said...

25 before 25! congrats on scratching this off your list. you chose some amazing books for the journey.

MMW said...

Hooray Ms. Meg! What a great selection of books. And seriously, reading Animal, Vege, Miracle...changed my eating habits. I hope you like it.

My other two faves on your list are Curious Incident of Dog.... I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants.

AND I love anything Margaret Atwood.

blessings to you and your inspiring down-to-earth blog.

xoxo MMW

Single Girl said...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

VERY funny

katie said...

loved on beauty, the time traveler's wife and the curious incident, and especially extremely loud and incredibly close.

i recommend the brief wondrous life of oscar wao by junot diaz, the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami, water for elephants by sara gruen, suite francaise by irene nemirovsky, and the poisonwood bible by barbara kingsolver. the best part about living in nyc is all the time i have on the subway to read :) hope you enjoy some of these.

iheartkiwi said...

i heart your virtual book club! planning on following along... hope you love the dud avocado as much as i did.

megan said...

'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' by Betty Smith

(Any of Betty's novels are worth a read.)

I love this!

Micaela said...

book covers are delish!!! I've been wanting to read "The History of Love." Let us know when you get to it, so that I can read along with you... like a book club! :)

also, "Feast Of Love"-- Thao, did they make a movie of this with Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman? if so, I LOVED it. Splendid!

Red said...

you must read "water for elephants" and "A heartbreaking work of staggering genius". Really anything by David Eggers is brilliant.

Thao said...

Micaela: My goodness, they DID make a movie! I didn't know. Another thing to add to my Netflix!

Sarah-lucy said...

I just finished "The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life" by Amy Tan and I totally loved it.

And one of my favorite books of all time is "The Hero and the Crown" by Robin McKinley. She's one of my favorite authors.

Carolyn said...

I'm reading the History Of Love right now and I love it. You will love it too, i believe.

Jessica said...

I absolutely LOVE "The Hero and The Crown" Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors.
It's probably too late to add books to your list; but I recommend "The Bronze Bow" by Elizabeth George Speare, and "Jacob Have I Loved" by Katherine Paterson.
Quick reads, but oh so good!

Jessica said...

Oh! And I have to suggest "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.I cried my eyes out in this book..it was phenomenal.

Micaela said...

meg- what did you think of "happens every day?" ... let me know.

Lucie said...

Hi Meg, i've just finished *The Time Traveler's Wife* and it was awesome... I was alone at home while reading the end of the story, i was so sad thinking what if something like that happened to my fiancé (at work at this moment) and guess what ? He did text me at the exact moment i started to cry, just to say he was thinking of me... It made me laugh, could he be something like Henry ?

I wonder what to read next, i must pick a book from your list (already read "The History of Love" which is truly beautiful...)

Michelle said...

Sleep Toward Heaven, Amanda Eyre Ward.

Amber said...

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella is a definitely a must read.

Sarah said...

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is an amazing memoir. Definitely check it out.

I also liked Enough: Breaking free from the World of More by John Naish

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is incredible, too.

Dawnica said...

the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime is EXCELLENT. i read it in two days and have been spreading the word ever since! so great. as is extremely loud and incredibly close

jenna said...

The Shadow of the Wind is an absolutely beautiful love story. I could not put it down and felt like a 10-year-old again.

Yap said...

this is a cool idea! (: but ah, i planned to read 25 books a year. (: i guess i cheat cos i'm a lit student. here's a couple i fell in love with:
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
Bernard Schlink's The Reader
Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper
Marisa De los Santos' Love Walked in.
this might be neverending! but its lovely to see a blog thats so dedicated to books and reading! (: <3

Karyn said...

Some great books on the list!
The Book Thief by Markus Zurzac (sp?) - favourite book of all time.

Elizabeth said...

What about Loved Walked In or Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos. The second book is amazing. Amazing. (but it's the story following the first book... so whatever.)

Nicole said...

I love Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox. While it is about open water swimming, it is about much much more.