by Anna Jones Buttimore
Obviously I'm delighted, and not just because it means I'll sell a few books.
It did get me thinking, however, that many LDS wards around the world, as well as other Christian churches and other religious groups, have book clubs. Many must struggle to know where to find books they can recommend to their book club which won't go against the values and standards of the members.
Now, I know they can buy books from LDS publishers with confidence, but that isn't always a solution. Here in the UK, these books can be difficult to come by and prohibitively expensive - the cost of importing a physical book means that the price is often double what it would be in the US, and not everyone has an ereader. Plus most readers don't necessarily want to confine themselves to a small niche market. They want to read successful, modern national-market books which they can pick up for £4.99 at their local supermarket, but they need to know that these books are suitable for them and their book club to read.
So, I thought I might start a list of great books I would cheerfully recommend to my book club or LDS friends. These are just three of my favourite books which are completely squeaky-clean. Please feel free to add your favourites - this list is a bit sparse!
1. The Number One Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett