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10 Books You Should Read This Year

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The Thursday Afternoon Book Club of King's Mountain offers their picks for a year of reading.

Kings Mountain Book Club

The March 2013 issue featured The Thursday Afternoon Book Club of Kings Mountain. This year, they celebrate a century of reading and culture.

With all that experience, we asked them for the 10 books they recommend you read this year. Here are the ones they shared.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Iron House

Iron House by John Hart

The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The House of Silk

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Marmee and Louisa

Marmee and Louisa by Eva LaPlante

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

The Real Elizabeth

The Real Elizabeth by Andrew Marr

Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

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9 Responses to 10 Books You Should Read This Year

  1. Mary Darden says:

    Very interesting article and I was glad to see the list of books. Could you feature other book clubs in NC and their book lists in future issues of Our State ? I remember my mother enjoying her book club in Washington and I believe that club – along with others – is still there.
    Mary Darden

  2. Catherine Rice says:

    My book club, “The Lolita Society Book Club”, from Greensboro, North Carolina, read a great book by North Carolina author Wiley Cash titled “A Place More Kind Than Home” and I know you would all enjoy this book tremendously! He writes beautifully and has been compared to Thomas Wolfe. You can google him and actually see a video in which he does all the talking and relates how he got into writing. He says you can always write about something that you know well–where you came from and stories about people you grew up with. I had read five of your books and will recommend some of the others to my group(only 8 of us but we have a lot of fun and really enjoy our discussions)! Thanks for sharing your story,
    Cathy Rice

  3. Surprised Defending Jacob didn’t make this list.

  4. Nancy says:

    Add “Beautiful Ruins” to that list!

  5. Dana Slawter says:

    My book club (based in Winston-Salem) read “Catherine The Great” during November and December this year. I also see several books that I have read outside of our group. As for our group, I think our favorite reads for 2012 were “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach, “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Light Between Oceans” by ML Steadman. Loved the article. My grandather is from Forest City, so fun to see King’s Mountain mentioned.

    I will definitely keep this list as we select our books for the coming year!

  6. maggie says:

    I’ve only read one of these 10 – Killing Lincoln and really enjoyed it. I’m definitely going to start on your recommendation of the other nine.

  7. Judy Duarte says:

    Once again, your recommendations for reading have spurred me to action. I am a HUGE Louisa May Alcott fan & how I did not know of Eve Laplante’s books Is beyond me, but both are now on order & I cannot wait to to read them. As always, reading Our State is an interactive exercise! Thank you.

  8. Mary Lou Ware says:

    Shirley, thanks so much for your note. I am out of town and have not gotten my copy of the magazine. Can’t wait to get home and read it. I will definitely send you the names. We are like “kissing cousins” – Mt. Holly and Kings Mtn. We have gotten other replies from the email address listed so I don’t know what is wrong. Will be home Saturday PM.

    Mary Lou Ware

  9. Shirley Bynum says:

    Loved the article about Kings Mountain Thursday Afternoon Book Club. Would have been nice to see the names of members in the picture. I worked in Kings Mountain many years ago, and these faces are very familiar. I also tried to access their email address to no avail.

    Please provide further information so that I can access their website or send an email.

    Thank you for such a marvelous magazine about ‘our state’ of North Carolina. Can’t wait each month to see what theme is being explored. I snatch it first and hibernate until I have absorbed it! By the way, this magazine is a marvelous gift for birthdays and Christmas. Everyone who sees it loves it!

    Shirley Bynum
    Mount Holly, NC

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