Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hive brain help! Book recommendations needed for a family book club...

Unscheduled post! Ah! The anarchy! It's anarchy for a good cause, I promise.

I was "talking" on Facebook to a college friend who was looking for some specific books.

(Im lying to you guys already, I saw a Facebook conversation between her and her sister about how they were struggling to find books to read and I butted my nose into their conversation. Because I'm nosy. Anyway.)

So it turns out that my friend and her family have a family book club (which I think is adorable). However they are having a hard time finding books to read because they have a certain set of criteria.

They look for books that are:
-Usually fiction (though I think if it was a nonfiction that read more like a novel it would be ok)
-As minimal cursing as possible
-No graphic sex scenes (I think implied sex is more ok)
-Nothing super disturbing for subject matter (rape, torture, cannibalism)

It's kind of a lot of criteria but if I was in a book club with my family I wouldn't want to be reading anything with super graphic sex scenes though either.

Some books they've read in the past that have worked well are:
-Safely Home
-Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
-The Guernsey Potato/Literary Society book

I put my thinking cap on and these are the books that I came up with:
-Watership Down
-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
-My Antonia
-Death Comes for the Archbishop
-Kisses for Katie
-To Kill a Mockingbird
-Fahrenheit 451 (though book burning is disturbing subject matter!)
-A Natural History of Dragons
-A Little Princess
-Ender's Game

What else can you guys think of to add to the list? Mine tends to skew a little more classic so if anyone has more modern suggestions that would be good too. Please leave recommendations in the comments and I will pass them along to my friend.

Thank you so much for your help fellow people of the books!



  1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah

    1. a new york times #1 best seller no less! nice!

  2. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
    The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson
    Sitka - Louis L'amour

    I will think more on this.

    1. Adventure and westerns, excellent. Thanks for the continuing ponderings!

  3. I love this idea and might try it when my kids are a little older. How about some Sherlock Holmes, like The Hound of the Baskervilles?


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