A place to talk about books...the ones you love, the ones you would like to read and the ones that didn't quite grab you. We have had wonderful discussions and suggestions from members around the world. If you enjoy a good read, you may find a few here. If you would like to join in the discussion, you can find us on Facebook here 

We are always open for discussion! 

All books below link to Goodreads, you can find the full list here.
If you are wondering about the origin of The Brown Paper Book Club, you can find it here.

 READ AND RECOMMEND (recommended by)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Levy (Vanya) 
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Debbie )
An Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn (Georgina)
A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson (Jacqueline)
Cooking for Picasso by Camile Aubray (Melissa)
The Dry by Jane Harper (Jeanne)
Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Jeanne)
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Teri)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Victoria) **
All the Light We Cannot See by  Anthony Doerr (Jane)
A Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey (Jeanne)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  (Sarah)
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (Ann) 
Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (Jules)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Jeanne)
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (Jeanne)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Melissa)
Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy (Georgina)
The Revoluion of Marina M by Janet Fitch (Linda)
All Over but the Shoutin by Rick Bragg (Melissa)
Rules of Civilty by Amor Towles (Jeanne)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker ( Melissa)
Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney (Maria)
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Tropllpe  (Maria)
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlean de Blasi (Viji)
Hourglass by Dani Shapiro (Jennifer)
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Meilssa)
The Midsummer Garden by Kristy Manning (Maria) * Jeanne buy
A Primate’s Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky (Viji)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Viji)
Book of Colours by Robyn Cadwallader (Maria) * Jeanne buy
Circe by Madeline Miller (Phyllis)
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk (Susie)
Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulg (Susie)
Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin (Honora)
Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy (Susie)
Odette by Jerrard Tickell (Helen)
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien (Susie)
And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer (Susie)
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (Susie)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Susie)
The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany by Thomas Harding (Honora)
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Sarah)
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd (Julie)
The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley (Julie)
Astrid and Veronica by Lina Olsson (Maria)
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Maria)
The Visitors by Sally Beauman (Pamela)

** Unanimous… Those of us who have read A Gentleman in Moscow have a crush on Count Rostov. We discussed possible leading man contenders to play the role on the big screen….Daniel Day Lewis, Jeremy Irons, Kenneth Branaugh, Benedict Cumberbatch have been suggested.

Stories pertaining to World War II:
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly ( Peggy)
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon (Peggy)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Peggy)
The Night Counter by Alia Ynis (Viji)
The Last days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan (Viji)
Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham (Viji)
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan  (Phyllis)

For Foodies:
A Table in Venice: Recipes From My Home by Syke McAlpine  (Jeanne)
The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques and Stories From Our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini (Maria)

For Lovers of Homes and Gardens:
Gardens of Style by Janelle McColloch (Jeanne)
Charlotte Moss Entertains by Charlotte Moss (Jeane)
An Affair with a House by Bunny Williams (Vanya)
Picardy by Marian Somes (Maria)

On the reading “to do” list:
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai (Jeanne)
The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans (Debbie)
A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey (Jeanne)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Debbie)
No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (Ann)
The Visitors by Sally Beauman (Pamela)
Blue Nights by Joan Didion (Debra)
The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi (Jacqueline)
Red Notice by Bill Browder (Jeanne)
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (Jeanne)
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Jeanne)
Beartown by Fedrik Backman (Jeanne)
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (Jeanne)
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran (Lisa F)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Kathleen)
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswill (Reece W)


The mystery writer fan club: A few members discussed their all time favorite childhood mystery authors, setting them on the course for a lifetime love of mystery writing: Ngaio MarshNancy DrewErle StanleyGardnerAgatha ChristieMargery AllinghamDorothy SayersTrixie BeldonVicki Barr

Recommmended New Zealand authors: Witi IhimaeraDanielle HawkinsNicky PellegrinoLloyd Jones

APPS: for reading, listening and buying


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