The TV Book Club Summer Reads 2011

I realised I haven’t mentioned either the Richard and Judy Summer Reads or the TV Book Clubs summer selections. I did comment on Jackie of Farmlanebooks post about them saying if they had merged the two then it would be an ideal selection of books for me. Then a mystery parcel arrived…


I admit I was hoping it was a huge contract offering me the opportunity of a lifetime to host a new tv show all about books, well it wasn’t but it was a bit if a book delight…


Well… My initial reaction, on thinking ‘well I am going to have to read them all now aren’t I?’, was ‘phew, I’ve read two’. I loved Emma Henderson’s and, erm, really didn’t love Jennifer Egan’s. I’m wondering if that will be my reaction to the selection as a whole, maybe a 50/50 divide?

I’m excited by Matt Haig, unsure if starting with Camilla Lackbergs fifth book in a series is a good idea even though I’ve been wanting to read her a while, and am intrigued by Michelle Lovric because of the title ‘The Book of Human Skin’.

I can’t decide if Deborah Lawrenson’s book ‘The Lantern’, which they are discussing tomorrow (as it only came out this week they must think the audience has nothing to do but read swiftly), sounds very much like a retelling of ‘Rebecca’ which I think will either delight me or make me really cross! We will see. The other two I know little about, well apart from that the cover of Kristin Hannah’s looks nice, and the Lehane cover doesn’t compel me to read it at all. But I’ll try them all!

What are your thoughts on the selection? Would you have liked any other books featured? What about the R&J selection? Oh and keep your eyes peeled for another Summer Reading club that I will be announcing very soon, am bit overexcited!


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21 responses to “The TV Book Club Summer Reads 2011

  1. Louise

    I’ve Read The Book of Human Skin..I LOVED it!!. The Radleys, is a lot of fun!! I like to read things in order so if you haven’t read Camilla Lackberg’s others, I’d wait and read them first, she’s very good! I’m not interested in Night Road, Moonlight Mile or The Goon Squad…unsure about The Lantern,i’ll see what the panel say..or see what you think of it 😉

    A good selection I think, I’ve would’ve replaced with Moonlight Mile with something else, possible Caitlin Moran’s book..How To Be A Woman.

    • It has taken me so long to respond to this that the TV Book Show has been and gone. I can say that after seeing all the books on the telly it was The Book of Human Skin and The Radleys that I really wanted to read the most and I will.

      I felt really odd about The Lantern too (too many comparisons to Rebecca which were making me cross rather than excited) I have kept it for a rainy day or two though.

  2. The contract offer will be in the next package. Most certainly. With all due respect to the lovely package, the contents leave me a little underwhelmed. Maybe it is just my reading mood right now but I am feeling the strain of seeing the same books all the time. And the expectation of unanimous praise. Like, ahem, your Goon Squad experience. Sigh. So please read them all and tell me I am wrong, that they are all wonderful and I am just being pissy. 🙂

    • Not pissy at all Frances, in the end (and sorry this has taken me so long to reply to) I started to feel a bit ‘meh’ about these too and made the decision not to read them when the show was on. I am definitely going to read The Radleys and The Book of Human Skin though from the reviews that I saw on the show.

  3. Loved Goon Squad, but I saw you didn’t, so, that book is a no go. As far as the rest, I’m interested in the Haig one, because I’ve heard so many great things about it. The Hannah one is like chick lit, right – not sure about that one. The Human Skin one sounds intriguing just because of the title. Overall, its a rather mixed bag, but I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on them all. Cheers!

    • I am not sure about the Hannah one, it looks that way but then I think that the TV Book Show and R&J do dumb down the covers (they get a say in the new covers you know!)

      I am going to read The Book of Human Skin next week I think, coming back to this post has reminded me I must read it.

  4. I am amazed they are starting with a book that only came out this week. That does seem like a strange decision – normally they start with the most popular book, the one that a lot of people will have read already.

    I’m currently reading The Radleys and loving it so far. I’m looking forward to watching the series. 🙂

    • I was suprised they didnt start with Grace Williams Says It Loud or The Goon Squad to be honest. But I bet it helped The Lanterns first week sales.

      I am looking forward to The Radleys a lot, I still havent gotten around to reading it. Shame on me.

  5. About four of them appeal which is normal for TTVBC. I think they try to stick a few different genres in there and they also have lighter reads mixed with the more serious so I think its a list which most people can find somethin they love in there.

  6. I am curious about the Radleys. I felt I didn’t really understand Grace Williams Says it Loud and I’m willing the give the Jennifer Egan a try. As for the rest of them, I hadn´t heard of them before now! I am unsure if their covers appeal to me though. I will be looking forward to your thoughts on them.

    And I´m sure you would make a great host of a book show. You have the kind of personality (online anyway – since I have never “seen” you) that would draw people right in.

    • Hahaha thank you Iris, I am one step closer to the goal now I have the ‘Bookmarked’ Literary Salon up here in Manchester, that adds to the score. In fact when I interview Sue Johnston ‘in conversation’ at Waterstones in just over a week I will ask her if she would like to start a book-based show with me… ok, ok, I can dream.

  7. I think I’m more excited about the TV Book Club choices than the Richard & Judy ones. I haven’t read any so I’m hoping to tuck in to a few while watching the series. Really looking forward to it!

    • Every year I feel the same way about The TV Book Show and R&J… I wish half of each selection was one selection. They each have four choices I would love to read and then four that I don’t.

  8. I’ve found some good books via both the Richard and Judy book club and the TV one. At least Britain appears to be more successful at tying television and books together than Australia! (We only have one book related show that I know about, The First Tuesday Book Club, which is sometimes a bit too highbrow for me).
    Looking forward to hearing more about the Summer Reading club!

    • Hi Sam, hopefully you have spotted my summer reading posts with ‘Reading With Authors’ and are enjoying it?

      I so LOVE the First Tuesday Book Club that I almost cannot bear the fact we dont have it here. In fact maybe thats my way in… we should start a UK one.

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  10. Really can’t decide which of the books to read first – they all sound really good this year!

    Help me decide and browse this years selection!

  11. M. V. Robinson

    Hi there, I have been watching all the Tv Book Club episodes but missed on the Kristin Hannah one, doesn’t seem to be available on 4od either, does anybody know if I can watch it somewhere else?

    • I have had the same problem with that show… I am off to see if its still there… hang on… nope its gone there are only three of them left now. I must watch The Radleys one, I think thats the one that I missed.

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