Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Traditions

December brings lots of fun holiday traditions and book clubs have their share of them. The Spring Hill Book Club in Spring Hill, Kansas holds a cookie exchange in which members each bring a few dozen cookies and everyone goes home with some of each variety. The gals of MPBC in Lawrence, Kansas hold a luncheon at a member's house and exchange holiday books.

Also on MPBC's holiday agenda is the annual "People's Ballot" in which members rank the books that the group has read for the year. The #1 book is then written into the club's "permanent record." It's always a little nerve racking to find out how your book club colleagues truly feel about your selection.

So what are MPBC's #1 books? I figured you'd be curious, so here you go...(do I hear a drumroll?)

1999: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2000: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
2001: Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
2002: Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
2003: Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
2004: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
2005: 1776 by David McCullough
2006: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
2007: The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

How about your book club? What are your holiday traditions? Let us know!