Top Ten Favorite Discussible Books of 2010

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What was your favorite discussible book of 2010? There was one run-away favorite of hundreds of book groups, and it was - the envelope, please! - The Help by Kathryn Stockett! Reading Group Choices just announced the Top Ten List reported by thousand of book clubs representing over 100, 000 members in their annual survey.

It seems that a great many book group members could relate their personal experiences to the characters', whether they were from the South or elsewhere.  In fact, it seems that discussions of The Help were especially lively if the members originated from different areas of the Country.

"We are a group of women with very diverse backgrounds, and each brought the feelings of the time described in the book at that time of our lives.  Perhaps the most enlightening meeting in a long time," says Barb of The Read 'Em and Eat Book Club (Egg Harbor Township, NJ).  "We have a mixture of 'Southerners and Northerners' who are part of our group, and it was wonderful talking from each of the gal's perspectives based on where they lived," echos Carmilia of The Mission Swamp Book Group (Murrells Inlet, SC).

The HelpStill, 42% of the book groups who chose The Help as their favorite live in the South. "We're in the South, and it hit home," says Maureen of the Whisperwood Book Club (Cary, NC). When asked why they chose The Help, Cindy of Butterbeans and Fudge (Mount Olive, MS) said simply, "We are proud Mississippians!"
Of course, the author's portrayal of the characters really added to the book's appeal, too. As an example, read what Phyllis' Read Between the Wines (Hopewell Junction, NY) book group thought: "The story was so real, the characters so strong and brave.  We have a woman in our group who grew up in the south and could talk about what it was like in the 60's through her personal experience.  As a group we all felt outraged about how these women were treated and felt such compassion for them."

Congratulations to Kathryn Stockett for winning the #1 spot!

The whole top ten list?  OK, here they are!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

What was your favorite discussible book of 2010?

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