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MAPLETON — Jeanette Layton said as a mother, she has especially enjoyed the social aspect of her Mapleton book group.
Deseret News: How did this book group start?
Jeanette Layton: Our book club started in 2001 when a few friends wanted to get together and read books. I joined a couple years after and have been attending for about 14 years.
DN: What kind of books does your club read?
JL: We read all kinds of books. We try to read at least one nonfiction and one classic book each year, along with books being made into movies. We read a lot of popular fiction, both adult and young adult.
DN: What have you learned or gained from being involved in this book group?
JL: Friendship is the main thing I have gained from book club. As a young mother, I didn’t get out very often and book club provided some much needed adult interaction. Now that my kids are older, I’ve found I still need the social part of book club and I love meeting with these ladies every month. Book club has also encouraged me to read books I would normally never pick up. I love psychological thrillers and mystery/crime novels. Attending this book club has taught me that there are other great books out there too.
Jeanette Layton recommends:
“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, Barnes & Noble, 896 pages (f)
“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, 560 pages (f)
“Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier, William Morrow Paperbacks, 416 pages (f)
“Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens, St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 384 pages (f)
“Silent in the Grave” by Deanna Raybourn, MIRA, 448 pages (f)
Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter, Bantam, 3,824 pages (f)
“Heartsick” by Chelsea Cain, Minotaur Books, 352 pages (f)
“I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith, St. Martin’s Griffin, 352 pages (f)
“Tell No One” by Harlan Coben, Dell, 400 pages (f)
“Catch of the Day” by Kristan Higgins, HQN, 384 pages (f)