She’s ba-ack, and with TWO new book club additions. Honestly, I wanted to get everyone’s thoughts on this, as I am kind of iffy as to how I feel about Oprah’s new book club choices. Drumroll please!
I love that she focuses on classics every once in awhile, and Dickens is one of those authors that probably everyone should attempt at least once, but I am kind of nonplussed by these choices. First of all, I read A Tale of Two Cities. Technically, it was a DNF as I did not finish the last 70-90 pages, but considering it was quite a lengthy book, I definitely gave it every opportunity. I just thought it was a complete bore and also very slooooow. Since then, I have been filled with trepidation at the thought of attempting any more Dickens. I am sure I will at some point, but I am on the fence about whether or not Great Expectations will be a contender. It is too long. I am not a patient person, so I am very particular when it comes to reading lengthy tomes. The length of it, as well as the difficulty of Dickens in general, leads me to believe that most fans of Oprah won’t even be enticed to give her book club a go this time around. Do you agree? Am I the only one who even pays any mind to Oprah’s book club in the first place?
Secondly, when I was perusing Oprah’s website for info on her book club, I came across her list of the top 10 books of 2010. I love those types of lists, so I figured I would post it for shits and giggles.
A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
Major Pettigraw’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Danielle Evans
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Hellhound on His Trail, by Hampton Sides
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
To find the slideshow of these books on Oprah’s website, click here.
I admit to being impressed with this list, despite the fact that the only book I have read on it is the last one. I appreciate the fact that there is quite a bit of nonfiction, all of which the magazine is quick to point out read like fiction. Non fiction can be really great when it reads like a novel, and I am always on the lookout for nonfiction like that, so I will definitely be checking those titles out. It surprised me how many books off this list I hadn’t heard of, so I really can’t say whether this list has any sort of validity. I definitely plan to at least look for all these titles though to see which ones strike my fancy. Please share your thoughts on these choices!
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