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Monday, March 21, 2011

ReadingGroupGuides.com Announces Top 25 Book Club Selections of 2010; The Help Takes the Top Spot

40% of Book Groups Reported Having Read The Help in 2010

NEW YORK --- March 21, 2011 --- ReadingGroupGuides.com, a website from TheBookReportNetwork.com has announced the Top 25 Book Group Discussion Books of 2010. Between mid-December and mid-February, book groups were asked to submit a list of the books that its members discussed in 2010. http://readinggroupguides.com/features/2010_year_end_selections.asp#top25, by Kathryn Stockett, was cited as the most read book, with 40% of the reporting groups noting that it was one of their discussion books.

The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Picks for 2010:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. *The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
3. *The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
10. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
12. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
14. *Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
15. *The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin
17. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
18. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
19. *People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
20. *The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
22. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
23. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
25. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

*An asterisk (*) indicates that the number of votes a book received is barely distinguishable from the book above it.

“The Help has been a mainstay on many bestseller lists for over a year now, and its appeal made it a must-read for book groups even in hardcover,” says Carol Fitzgerald, President of TheBookReportNetwork.com. “Also, it was nice to see To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010 on the list. We are certain that this was a re-read for many of the members of reporting book groups.”

A random drawing was held where all entrants were eligible to win a set of books for their book groups, which were contributed by publishers.

For an online link to the Top 25 titles read by reading groups in 2010, please visit:
http://readinggroupguides.com/features/2010_year_end_selections.asp

About TheBookReportNetwork.com:
Bookreporter.com is part of TheBookReportNetwork.com (TBRN), a group of eight websites about books and authors that have become gathering places for a devoted community of more than 1.6 million booklovers since 1996. TBRN’s other sites include ReadingGroupGuides.com, GraphicNovelReporter.com, FaithfulReader.com, Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com, AuthorsOnTheWeb.com and AuthorYellowPages.com, a searchable directory of author websites.

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