What Should Our Next Book Club Read Be?

It’s time to select our next read for the Free People book club! I loved diving into The Alchemist with you all in September and can’t wait to get started on a new book, but I need your help deciding! Please leave your suggestions for what book you’d like to read with us below –  we will take them all into consideration as we make our decision :).

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  1. The great gatsby! It’s set in the twenties and I love the twenties I have read the book three times I really love everything about it. The movie also comes out in December I think

  2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    – Robert M. Pirsig

    I cannot possibly live my life the same after having read this book. Glorious, and absolutely momentous all in the most simple of words.

  3. The Night Circus – hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those rare breeds of book that you don’t want to devour in a day. You should savor the sumptuous writing for as long as you can – go slowly and gorge on the details.

  4. Do you know the best book ever?! Its: “Before I fall” by lauren oliver. I love this book! You really, really have to read it. :)

  5. i am a novelist & one of my books, called come tumbling down, is about the coming of age of a girl who’s always getting into trouble with her friend. kind of like sal and dean from on the road, but from a girl’s point of view. a whimsical beat/boho fairytale of sorts.

    come tumbling down is available here: lulu.com/littledipperink

    much love & the last of the leaves.

  6. How about “the god of small things”? Its an interesting book about twins in India and shows how all the little things in life make people into such unique individuals.

  7. I love “The Dud Avocado” written in the 1950’s about an American Girl in Paris. Also, I am re-reading “A Room With A View” by E.M. Forester for the 5th time. It never dissapoints.

  8. I think it would be great for everybody to read “One” or “The Bridge Across Forever” by Richard Bach. :)

  9. The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One unconventional detour around the world!~
    ::::::::::::~ With their thirtieth birthdays looming, Jen, Holly, and Amanda are feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones—score the big promotion, find a soul mate, have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction.


  10. Well, I’m currently reading Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Amado)

    But my suggestion list is long:

    The Golden Notebook or The Sweetest Dream – Lessing
    The Kiterunner – Hosseini
    The Steppenwolf – Hesse
    The Magic Mountain – Mann
    Blindness – Saramago
    The sea wolf and/or White Fangs and The Call of the Wild – London
    Eva Luna – Allende

  11. wuthering heights my all time favorite book, it’ll stay with you forever after you read it. no other love story like it there’s something so ethereal and strange about it that it makes you cling to it even more. If you do choose to read it get ready to cry, stay up all night, and question love at every turn.

    “And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

    i usually hate movies from books but, they did make a really great movie with Kaya Scodelario in it.

  12. Shantaram–There is no other book out there about India that tells a story so poetically. It’s about to be made into a movie, so now is the time to read it before the Hollywood version is available.

  13. Patty Smith’s memoir Just Kids was fantastic. Her prose is so poetic and it pints such a beautiful picture of her life in New York.

  14. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin!!! Inspiring read and the money from the book goes to help build schools for children!

  15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed,

    ‘A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she’d lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother’s death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone.’

    Its really well written, funny and real. I definitely recommend it!

  16. You should read Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”. Love, art and rock & roll from the late sixties and early 70’s. Really inspiring real story, it will make a change in everybody’s life..
    greatings from Argentina!

  17. I also go with “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Marquez, it is absolutely fantastic. “Three Cups of Tea” is also one of my all-time favorites; it makes you want to go out and do wonderful things :)

  18. TOM ROBBINS! anything. My favorite is ‘Still Life With Woodpecker’. It is the source of most of my list of inspirational quotes.

  19. Les Miserables- is great but really long
    The Host- again really long but good
    The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas-not as long
    Dash and Lillys book of Dares
    the Summer I Turned Pretty

  20. What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self
    by Ellyn Spragins

    It’s not a story but its amazing! It’s a perfect selection of woman who are writers, actresses, senators, athletes, etc.. who pick a time in their life to write themselves a letter. The time in which all of them chose to write is a time in their lives where they were either struggling, starting a new chapter, being forced out of their comfort zone and so on.

    It’s amazing. I recommend it to every woman!

  21. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test!
    It’s about the inventors of LSD in the 60s, it will totally change your perception on everything. So good.

  22. I agree with Night Circus. It is everything free people, and goes well with the current dark whimsy feeling of the latest free people clothing. I was amazed by this stories ability to completely transcend words and become so visual. I felt it challenging my reality and taking me to a place I never expected to be. It is gorgeous, inspiring, and pure magic. I agree with Amanda, take it slow, savor it, and let it transform you.

    You will never feel the same way about your red scarf again.

  23. Orange Blossom Express
    by Evangeline
    (This is an autobiographical fiction set during the days of 1969.)
    “The book gives modern-day readers a window on another time when reality’s stiff borders slipped into absurdity’s edgier, more-tenuous terrain.This is a story of the smuggler’s world, survived from a woman’s point of view, where the sheer will, determination, power and strength of two extraordinary women help them survive an era of vivid adventure and apocalyptic change.”

  24. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. A modern day Thoreau who reminds us of the importance with our connection to nature.

  25. perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. a quirky and relatable book that can be assessed on many different levels of literacy understanding. OR looking for alaska by John Green. I truly love that book, also an amazing read.

  26. Ice by Anna Kavan is a short yet beautifully written book that I think would be great to read with winter approaching.

  27. The History of Love- Nicole Krauss(really, this is the most beautiful, and complex book I have ever read. Even if you don’t use it for the book club you should still read it. It will blow your mind, and then you will cry beautiful tears of happieness.

  28. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer…
    I’m reading it right now and it is incredible!!!! It is now a movie but I am waiting to see it till I finish the book. I heard the movie is great though!

  29. house of leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski
    one of the most fascinating books i’ve ever read… eerie and haunting but amazingly crafted

  30. Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd. She was the ‘muse’ for some of the best songs ever written, Layla/Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton- Something by The Beatles. She’s a powerful, amazing, artistic woman who has amazing style. A must read =)

  31. The Secret Keeper….the images of young women…in beautiful dress….things that make me think of free people-type clothes….among a back drop of heartbreaking and mysterious drama….its perfect

  32. Into the Wild was a great book. As you read it you become fascinated with the mind of Chris McCandless. He was an incredibly interesting person. Some people think he’s crazy and others brilliant. If you’ve seen the movie, it captures the book very very well and Chris himself. The book is told from the investigators point of view and gives the reader so many different perspectives. The book allows you to form your own opinion of Chris and his ideas. I was inspired and fascinated by Chris and his story and I think others will be too.

  33. ”Ruskin Bond’s Book Of Nature”

    Ruskin Bond has been decorated with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1999 for his outstanding contribution in literary field. As evident from the title, the book comprises of the author’s forays in the nature, be it his home with his grandparents or in the foothills of Himalayas.
    Pick up this book before you could feel you are too late for a date with nature.

  34. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak <—- Just plain wonderful. I recommend it to everyone I know.
    Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell <— Favorite book I've read all year. Beautifully and intelligently written.
    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte <— A classic. One of my favorites. Love the brooding and haunting nature of this novel. Perfect read for these winter months.

  35. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I read it a few months ago and loved it. It is her real story of trying new things and never giving up!

  36. I also agree that Wild by Cheryl Strayed is an awesome read! After reading that book I started planning my own backpacking trip through parts of Europe- very inspirational! Someone also mentioned Anthropology of an American Girl- another great read. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker is a quick and funny read- great for passing the time on a plane. Another great book I’ve recently read was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- definitely a page turner!

  37. The Book Of Lost Things, its amazing. A boy enters the real world of Fairy Tales. Its dark, fascinating, and lyrically written.

  38. Townie by Andre Dubus (2011, longer read but worth it)
    Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
    Just Kids by Patti Smith
    The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin *** (about to be made into a movie with Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, and Dakota Fanning, came out in 2006)

  39. I like to read humourous books written in the 1930’s (random genre, I know), they are always a little glamorous and often satirical. Dodie Smith and Stella Gibbons are favorites. Also up there is Agatha Christie! xo

  40. If its not too late, I’d love to reccomend something. :) I noticed in an earlier post that you mentioned the movie The Virgin Suicides, based on the book by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve recently finished a book by him called Middlesex. It is incredible! A bit of a challenge, but so so worth it :) He is one of my favourite authors.

  41. “Cell” by Stephen King. I already think people with cell phones are zombies, but this really takes it to the next level. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart…Stephen King can be odd…

  42. “The Plumed Serpent’ by D.H. Lawrence
    a very little known book of his, a dark magic
    fairytale about a woman finding her strength
    in Mexico among gods. It’s the bomb. Easily
    his best book.

    or “Green Mansions” by W.H. Hudson

    amazing love story about a man in a rainforest
    who falls in love with a wood nymph magical creature
    that cannibals worship as a god. Thought provoking
    and honestly lovely with imagery and mysticism.

    Both books should be in a Free People girl’s library.

  43. Well, when I read “I capture the castle” by Dodie Smith, I fell in love. Because it’s a book that brings together two genres -the young adult and the classic- together. And you just can’t ignore Cassandra’s charismatic voice through the narration.

    It’s a coming of age story, beautifully told.

  44. no one belongs here more than you -miranda july
    every from miranda july is so amazingly honest. watch the future if you haven’t already.
    her work is so refreshing and life changing that my daughter’s middle name is july. just saying! ;)

    on the road -or- dharma bums -kerouac
    the diary of anais nin
    to the lighthouse -virginia woolf
    the bell jar -sylvia plath
    i know why the caged bird sings -angelou

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