Book Club Mom’s Top 10 Faves

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(shown in alphabetical order)

  1. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  3. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  4. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  5. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
  6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  7. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  10. Youngblood Hawke – Herman Wouk

My all-time favorite? Youngblood Hawke!

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16 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Top 10 Faves

  1. I’ve never heard of “Youngblood Hawke” but I think I will have to check it out! Totally agree with 4 of your ten. The others we would have to discuss! 😉

    1. That’s what keeps things interesting! Youngblood Hawke was a popular book in the 1960s. My mom read it on the beach when I was a baby. I was on a Herman Wouk kick about 25 years ago and discovered Youngblood Hawke and loved it. All about a new writer from West Virginia who arrives in NYC and becomes famous then burns out.

      1. Hmm. I’ll look it up. I can’t believe I’ve never come across it. My mom’s favorite when I was a kid was “Peyton Place” and an old Alex Haley book called “Hotel.” Both of which I’ve read several times myself.

      2. Both were movies. Seen them too. My mom was big into those Readers Digest condensed book. Is that way before your time? She would get a new one every month and it had condensed versions of 5 of the months most popular books. We had a whole bookcase full of them! I often wonder how they decided what parts to cut out and how the authors felt about it?

  2. I remember my mother reading Youngblood Hawke. I know Wouk was a powerful writer so I must check this out. I agree with almost all the others on your list–anything by Elizabeth Strout and Marilynne Robinson I would add. And Life After Life had spellbinding language, especially in the very beginning of the book.

    1. My mother talks about reading Youngblood Hawke on the beach when I was a baby. I haven’t read anything by Marilynne Robinson – what do you recommend? Gilead? Lila? Thanks for commenting!

  3. My all-time favorite is The Grapes of Wrath and The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See would have to be in my top ten too. I’m glad we have so many favorites in common!

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