Tutor.com Reads for the 26th Time!

Bus Driver who wanted to be godWith carrot cupcakes on the table (in honor of the author’s surname) the Tutor.com Book Club met for the 26th time to discuss our August pick: The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God by Edgar Keret.

As a book of short stories, The Bus Driver was a first for the book club and spurred a different type of dialogue. Rather than focusing on plot, our discussions turned towards the moods of each story and how they either linked together or differed. As an Israeli author, some of us felt Keret’s stories were strongly influenced by the country’s history and that this influence was the common thread throughout the collection. Many of the stories had characters from varying generations, and their differing opinions highlighted the fact that the culture we grow up in  has a strong hold on the way we view the world and our surroundings.

The main point of divide was whether the stories were downright gloomy or humorous. While that most likely depends on our own sense of humor, we all agreed that the book was an original.

And in honor of our 26th book club pick, below we’ve published our entire list with our noted top 3 favorites. From autobiographies to physics we have read the gamut and are excited to get started on the next 25!

  1. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  2. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  3. Grave Digger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (2nd Pick)
  5. The City & The City by China Mieville
  6. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  7. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arther Conan Doyle
  8. Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
  9. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  10. Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath NYC by Jennifer Toth
  11. Teekon Kinkreet/Black & White by Taiyo Matsumoto
  12. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  13. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffery Archer
  14. The Linnet Bird by Linda Holman
  15. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai
  16. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  17. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  18. Room by Emma Donaghue
  19. Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified by Richard Wolfson
  20. Parrott & Olivier in America by Peter Carey
  21. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (3rd Pick)
  22. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  23. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Top Pick)
  24. My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
  25. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  26. The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret.

Which is your favorite?

We have also made the pick for September’s book club read: Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. From various authors around the globe, Machine of Death is a genre-hopping collection of tales exploring what the world would be like if a blood test could predict your death.

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