Book Club Choices 2014
In 2014 136 book clubs attached to Dublin City Libraries enjoyed and discussed 553 different books! If you are short of reading inspiration the list is packed full of wonderful reads from the classics, crime, thrillers, literary fiction, autobiography, recent favourites, to the latest award-winning must-read.
The most popular titles were the 2014 Dublin: One City One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth; The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez - the winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Dinner by Herman Koch, Canada by Richard Ford and The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker.
It's good to see classic cult books are still the subject of lively book club discussion. Some may already be firm favourites of yours, but if you've yet to read any I urge you to seek them out. While they might not appeal to all, these influential books have a passionate following for good reason.
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- The Outsider by Albert Camus
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Stoner by John Williams
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Autobiographies proved popular including the celebrated autobiography of Maya Angelou's childhood growing up with her grandmother in the American South in the 1930s and the moving cult memoir The Glass Castle.
- I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
- The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King