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Persephone Book Club: Picking the Books (Updated)

Hello readers! I have collected below all the suggestion from your fellow Persephoneers for the first book to read in our relaunched book club. Please vote on the title you want this weekend and I’ll announce the winner Monday. You can vote for as many as you’d like, but comments that say “all of them” will make me tear out my hair, so refrain. Unless you like bald-headed, weeping book club facilitators. Then go for it.

The first club “˜meeting’ will be the third weekend of March 17th-18th, so you’ll have a month to track down your book and read it. If you make excessively nerdy notes about things you want to talk about during that time, I promise no one will make fun of you. I’ll open a weekend-long thread on the 17th for discussion. That’s it! Easy-peasy.

The book club has previously tackled The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Westing Game, and The Handmaid’s Tale, so they are not on the list. We’ll also slot the winner of Middlemarch Madness into a future month’s reading selection.



1Q84 ““ Haruki Murakami

A Visit from of the Goon Squad ““ Jennifer Egan

Cleopatra: A Life ““ Stacy Schiff

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books ““ Francesca Lia Block

Feed ““ M.T. Anderson

Going Bovine ““ Libba Bray

Half Broke Horses ““ Jeannette Walls

Holy Cow ““ Sarah MacDonald

How to Be Black ““ Baratunde Thurston

Just Kids ““ Patti Smith

Me Talk Pretty One Day — David Sedaris

Noughts and Crosses ““ Malorie Blackman

Pride and Prejudice ““ Jane Austen

Queen of American  — Luis Alberto Urrea

Ragnar and Juliet ““ Lucy Woodhull

Running with Scissors — Augusten Burroughs

Sloppy Firsts ““ Megan McCafferty

Sub Rosa ““ Amber Dawn

The Astonishing Life of Octavia Nothing ““ MT Anderson

The Big Over Easy ““ Jasper Fford

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Book 1) ““ Jasper Fforde

The Gift of Fear ““ Gavin de Becker

The Glass Castle ““ Jeannette Walls

The Hero and the Crown ““ Robin McKinley

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms ““ N. K. Jemisin

The Hunger Games ““ Suzanne Collins

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness ““ Michelle Alexander

The Sparrow ““ Mary Dora Russell

What Alice Knew ““ Paula Marantz Cohen

Will Grayson, Will Grayson ““ John Green

Looking for some non-directed reading selections? Try our Books tag – we have fantastic reviews for titles across a broad range of interests.

Update 12/20/12: We’ll be reading The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin were also popular picks and will be scheduled in that order after the Middlemarch Maddness title, if you want to get a jump on your reading.




By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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