Personally, I am not someone who needs recommendations for my next read; I'm always spoilt for choice, but I know people, friends in fact, who would always head for the book club stand in the local supermarket for their holiday reads. R&J effectively chose their books for them.
So, I thought I would go back in time and discovered there were many books from the Richard and Judy book club, which started almost a decade ago now, which I had read, without realising they were R&J picks. I should point out I didn't watch Richard and Judy's book club. Occasionally I might see a label in Tesco or wherever, indicating the book was part of R&J's choices, but that was all. There's a link at the bottom of the page to all the Richard and Judy books over the years, but here are those I've read.
Brick Lane - Monica Ali - hmm, read it, it was all right.
Starter for Ten - David Nicholls - funny, but not as funny as I'd expected
Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones (2004's winner) - loved this book, my favourite book of the year I read it (not necessarily 2004!)
on TBR list, but not yet got around to-
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Lucia Lucia - Adriana Trigiani (bought, but not yet read)
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Jay Fowler - I wanted to like this, but struggled.
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (2005 winner) - excellent book, but it took me about 200 pages before I got into it.
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - loved this book - it was so original
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult - loved this book, but I had already read The Tenth Circle by Jodi and was hooked on her books.
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon. LOVE CRZ and have bought almost all his books now, including the kids ones and I went to hear him speak at the Edinburgh Book Festival - so down-to-earth!
WOW - what a list - each of those I've read are worthy of winning
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes (bought, not yet read)
The Lincoln Lawyer - Michael Connelly - am a big Michael C fan, but confess to being confused as to why such a mainstream, crime novel made the list.
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss - LOVED this book
Empress Orchid - Anchee Min (bought, not yet read)
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse - OH bought, I haven't read it yet (2006 winner)
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (got it out the library, never got around to reading it)
The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld (2007 winner) Loved this book and its follow up The Death Instinct.
Random Acts of Heroic Love - Danny Scheinmann - I've either read this, or my aunt bought it and was meant to lend it to me. I've forgotten what it's about. Am going to download the Kindle sample, but I'm pretty sure I've read it and enjoyed it - I read so many books...
A Quiet Belief in Angels - R J Ellory - (bought, not yet read)
Notes from an Exhibition - Patrick Gale (got it out of the library, didn't get around to reading, but still want to!)
Then We Came to the End - Joshua Ferris - odd book
Visible World - Mark Slouka - loved, fabulous love story
Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones - loved
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini (2007 winner) - one of my favourite books of all time.
This was the first year I remember actually looking at books which were on the Richard and Judy bookclub list and actively buying them. It was a good year.
2009 - none!
Here are all the Richard and Judy book club books http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_from_the_Richard_%26_Judy_Book_Club#Main_list
The summer bookclub lists will be covered separately, but hopefully this has given you food for thought. Would love to know which on the lists you liked, bought, hated, or have always meant to get around to reading.
Have a good week