We’re looking for a few good books.
Actually, quite more than a few, but you catch our drift.
As we get ready to launch the 11th annual edition of “Liz’s Book Club,” we look forward to receiving the hundreds of recommended “beach book season” titles that are sent in each year by Kenosha News readers.
We’re not asking you to finally crack open “Moby Dick” or slog through “War and Peace” — though you’re more than welcome to tackle those classics if you choose.
Our club — which doesn’t “meet” in person but shares favorite titles through the miracle of your local newspaper — covers all sorts of books, from the latest best-sellers like Dellia Owens’ story “Where the Crawdads Sing” to the greatest hits by John Grisham (in 2018, book club member Donna Juswik sugested that book, which she said “was a fun read with a surprise ending”).
The chosen books have been known to span centuries, from “Don Quixote” (1603) to “Twilight” (2005). Authors from several different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as “Charlotte’s Web” to Tom Clancy’s debut thriller “The Hunt for Red October.”
Some of the books readers have recommended are ones I read long ago — “1984,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Gone With The Wind,” “Wuthering Heights” — while others are more recent.
No doubt, you’ll find books on this annual list you’ve read more than once. (“The Great Gatsby” and “Pride and “Prejudice” for me) and others you’re slightly embarrassed about reading. (In my defense, I read “Flowers in the Attic,” a lurid novel about family secrets, including violence, incest and rat poison, when I was in high school. And in 2018, it earned a spot on “America’s 100 Favorite Novels” list, based on a public opinion poll that asked people to name their favorite novel. So there.)
Send in your picks
Since 2009, Kenosha News readers have shared their favorites each spring in “Liz’s Book Club.”
Thus far, the “club” has listed more than 900 titles.
To become a club member, just tell us about a great book (fiction or non-fiction) — or several books — you’ve read and why you liked it so much.
If you’ve listened to audio books you’d recommend, send those in, too. Audio books are great companions on long car trips.
What’s in it for me?
Besides getting tons of great reading suggestions for you, your spouse, your children, your grandmother, your neighbors and your own book club, you could also win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! We’ll draw a name at random from all the entries.
Take the challenge
We get a lot of suggestions that are newly released books — and please keep those coming — but it’s also fun sometimes to revisit a favorite from years past.
What book did you enjoy as a kid, teen or young adult that you’d like to read again? Tell us!
Send in your picks
Send your suggestions to: “Liz’s Book Club,” Kenosha News, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140. Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is June 5. We’ll run the list on June 9.
Oh, and if you’re curious about “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which has topped the best-sellers list for several weeks, it’s about a young woman living on her own in the coastal marshes of North Carolina who becomes a murder suspect. Sounds like something you’d find in Liz’s Book Club, doesn’t it?