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I’d also like to invite everyone to join our monthly Bee Cave Book Club, click here to see our selections for 2011. Once again we continue our tradition of having an eclectic and interesting mix of fiction and nonfiction. There are some really great books on this year's list! Are you saying to yourself, I’ve never joined a book club because they are stuffy and academic? Not this group! We are a very informal and diverse bunch of people of all ages who get together to share our love of reading and to enjoy relaxed conversation.
We always welcome new members and invite everyone who is interested to join us, even if you have not read the book. Come for whichever book(s) strike your fancy! We will meet the first Monday of each month (holidays can change the schedule) and beginning in February, 2011, we will meet at the Barnes & Noble in the Hill Country Galleria (since the Library is closed on Mondays). Look for us in the comfy chairs in the cookbook section. Any changes in the meeting location or date will be announced on our Web site, Facebook page, and monthly newsletter. Contact me if you need more information.
I'd like to share the most circulated books of 2010 with you. Here are the 100 top most popular books in Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, and Easy (Picture) books. The Adult Fiction List was dominated by books that have been on (and usually at the top) of the best seller list for months, and in some cases (e.g. The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for over a year. Thrillers and mysteries were also the most popular genres. My favorite books on this list are People of the Book, Loving Frank, and Roses-an old-fashioned sweeping generational saga, it could be made into a 1980s type miniseries. If you like this type of fiction, try Ken Follett's most recent book, Fall of Giants, which I am listening to right now.
The most popular type of nonfiction books was cookbooks of all kinds-from healthy eating titles such as The Kind Diet to Rebecca Rather's The Pastry Queen. Rather has a bakery/restaurant in Fredericksburg and her book is a must-check-out because it contains one of the most incredible cake recipes ever - Mexican Chocolate Fudge-Pecan. Heaven! The nonfiction list was also topped by books that have been on the bestseller list for years, and in some cases four or more years (e.g. Eat, Pray, Love; Three Cups of Tea; and The Tipping Point). We are on trend here in Bee Cave!
Don't forget Lake Travis Reads is just a couple of weeks away! Please join us for an evening with Ben Rehder on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:00 pm. Here is the flyer for more information-it is going to be a very fun evening!
p.s. to tempt you further, here is a picture of the Mexican Chocolate Fudge-Pecan cake that has been made into mini-cakes. You can also make a bundt cake or cupcakes with the recipe. It is super easy to make and it looks so incredible. Impress your guests, friends, and family with some of this moist, toasted pecan goodness! It is an excellent Valentine's Day treat too!