Yo Dudes,
Welcome to my Book Club. Each of us has been given control over a little corner of our website in which we get to rant. Sick. Ted has his snaps, Ben has his snacks and Win has his strums. And I have chosen to do a bookclub. The reasons for this are twofold, if you care…

Firstly, I want to read more. I believe that you write what you read, just in the same way that if you’re a musician, you play what you listen to. So maybe all of our writing will improve.

Secondly, Oh! The glory of discussion! We get to hear what each other has to say about these books.

WARNING: THESE ARE NOT REVIEWS. I don’t claim to be a ‘critic’, plus no one ever built a statue of a critic. Reviews are weird, you never know if they are supposed to be subjective or objective. Someone is getting paid to give their opinion and then it’s claimed to be Bible Truth. So this is not that.. I am no world authority on any of the books in this book club. These are just little spiels on books that I’ve enjoyed for you to see and comment on if you want. Participation optional but encouraged, that kind of vibe…

So basically, if you’re interested, I’ll read a book and give my two cents on it, then you read the book and let us know what you reckon.

I’m not vastly original so a lot of you will probably have read these books, in which case you get to be the voices of authority.

I am going to aim low to start with, and say one book per month. But we’ll see how it goes, eh?lalala

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  1. Nataliediaz88 says:

    Wow! This post is old! I searched the Internet for Mumford Book Club and found this link.

    If this is a book a month, I am, let’s say, 82 books behind?
    I love the idea of a book club. I started a small one 3 months ago. Conversations on literature are always fun, personally speaking. Our first book was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I enjoyed it despite the tangents on scientific terms of sea creatures that I didn’t understand. It reminded me of how C.S. Lewis writes in Screwtape Letters. He was so comma-happy in that book!
    Our last book was a mystery novel written by Al Rocker…the weather man on NBC. A weather man writing a mystery? Hey, high-five to him for doing something different and going for it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t captivating for me (yeah, it was bad. I’m sorry Al! Keep at it!) Next we are reading the new Harry Potter script. 10 years ago, I would’ve been stoked. I suppose I was expecting more classics or mature books. However, it is only fair that members get to choose a book. Plus I am reading The Count of Monte Cristo on the side.
    What should I pick as my choice next week? I was going to suggest A Thousand Splendid Suns even though I have read it. It is so good in a tragic way. A classic would be nice to read though.
    I love you guys! Your last album is epic and the Johannesburg EP never ceases to put a smile on my face.

  2. Baljit_Khaira says:

    Ok…so I’ve been looking into the bands background, influences etc and have just ordered from good old Amazon “The Outline of Sanity”. I want to have a read firstly because I’ve been doing my own thinking a lot recently about capitalism and have come to my own little conclusions/school of thought about how & why our lives are played out in its clutches. Secondly it would be an interesting read as I’ve been trying to figure out the meaning, influences and persuasions of my fav music people.

    Before I spew out my thoughts il give the book a read (which has an ETA of June 15th

  3. KrisLF says:

    Hey guys!  I’m so excited for your stop in Waverly in a couple of weeks!  There’s a real buzz in town… so much excitement!

    I’m a librarian at the public library here in town, and knowing that you treasure and value reading, I thought I’d throw out a crazy request.  Would you guys have any interest in stopping by the library while you’re here?  It’s a lovely place to rest and unwind – but we’re not one of those “sssshhhh!!”  kind of libraries – there’s always something going on!  I thought it would be such an inspirational thing for our young adults to see their favorite musicians hanging out in a library!   It would be so amazing to get a few photos of you sitting and reading – what a way to reach our young patrons!

    Thanks for your time – hope this is something you might like to consider!  


  4. pizza is good says:

    Your band is like the soundtrack for any John Steinbeck book! I have come up with some not-so-mathematic mathematical equations, all for John Steinbeck’s novels.
    Timshel, Sigh No More, Broken Crown, and Babel = East of Eden
    It has just occured to me that some of your songs might have been inspired by some of his novels like Grapes of Wrath inspired Dustbowl Dance and Timshel probably inspired East Of Eden…but hey, this comment would have probably been pretty top-shelf if I hadn’t mentioned that…I don’t know where I’m getting at.

  5. TonTon says:

    Try the Crossfire series ;)

  6. Cassia7 says:

    Well, I do believe you’ve got me hooked :)

  7. IamDragonRider says:

    So… what book are we reading?

  8. Jaycine says:

    Hey Marcus, Ted, Ben and Winston! I would just like to say you guys are amazing. You guys and your music, if it weren’t for you, as a band, I would be less happy as I am now. Does that make sense? I doubt that you’ll read this, but one can pretend right? I just wanna FEEL like I’ve told you.

    So, I was watching my old stepmother dance around to your song “Little Lion Man” and I recall my stepsister saying she didn’t like “that kind of music” and I said I agreed. But under the surface, I knew i’d be downloading your music that night. And I did. I didn’t know them by song title, I knew them by track listing. After losing my iPod, I totally forgot all of the music I had on it. In 2010, a couple years later, my actual sister found you guys, and I remember going “This is track 3!!!” And my sister questioned me, and I told her my memory of my old stepmother two years before. I already knew the lyrics to most of the songs, only cause I replayed them over and over, while my Mumford and Sons playlist grew, so did my Beatles one. I quickly fell in love with The Beatles, and I grew tired of my other music, but I remember keeping yours for some reason. I am now glad I did that because listening to both bands keeps me calm in my most darkest of times. And I’m glad my stepmother danced around to “Little Lion Man” when Sigh No More first came out. And I’m glad I got to see you guys live at Holland Park. Best day of my life. And I’m glad you guys kind of melted together and became a band. You guys helped me alot. And I would give anything to say that to you personally. Thank you. For everything. I owe you.
    -Jaycine, just a nobody from Canada. <3

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  10. Anonymous says:

    The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Between being a lit major in uni and belonging to a family that always gives books for Christmas, I rarely read a book twice. 1 of 3 books packed for Spain = bueno life decision. In a month, I’ve read it not twice but thrice(!) while riding the metro. Its main themes are echoed in your lyrics. Disfrute!

  11. ckbrown says:

    I am currently perusing your website and eagerly awaiting to see your show tonight…i just discovered this bookclub and am so excited! Great idea!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Marcus, I just signed up for this page and was checking it out and saw that you had a book club. Now I didn’t expect that at all. I just saw you guys in Seattle and I have to say that it was the most amazing concert I have ever been too! I know you must hear it all the time and you may not even read this, but you four are so talented and my absolute favorite band. When ever I want to cheer up or just be inspired to paint I turn on your music! So thanks! :) And Im going to try out your first book

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi Marcus, I’m a new member and was so impressed with the fact that you have a book club! I’m a bit of a bookworm myself and I have been reading quite a bit of young adult fiction lately….there are so many great authors for young people out there. I would like to suggest the ‘Chaos Walking Trilogy’ by Patrick Ness they are bloody great, and Patrick is a really nice and talented guy! Please give them a try the first book is called ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’……..go on have a bash!!! Enjo

  14. Hope-4-2010 says:

    Hello Mumford & sons,
    I have never tried to contact any band that I have liked so if I do this wrong I am sorry. I first heard your music at the beginning of this year. I LOVE your music, it’s beautiful. Your songs touch my heart in a way that not a lot of songs can. I am sorry this is probably not what you wanted when you started your book club. I just wanted to tell you that I think you are all great individuals, your music would not have the effect it has on me if you weren’t. Love Sam xxx

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  16. slisal says:

    Please pardon the presumption, but I thought I’d suggest you try some southern American lit. Much of it has the eloquent verbal economy that’s a common feature in what you recommend. Carson McCullers is one of my favorites — her writing is sparse, but still evocative and moving (from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, “Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listenâ€?). Anyway, thank you for your lovely music!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr. Mumford,

    Just checked out your book club. I cannot believe All the Pretty Horses is the honored first choice. I don’t know what to say but that I love Mumford & Sons all the more now.


  18. Anonymous says:

    I’ve loved all your book club books so far. Might i suggest one to you now? I’ll take your silence as a yes. It’s called Broken Trail by a man named Alan Geoffrion. While the cover, emblazed with screenshots of Duvall and Hayden-Church from the adapted screenplay, eludes to a cliched cowboy tale–the book is so much more. True historic fiction at itsbest. At the very least, google it and read a description. If you decided to give it a whirl, appréciez. I’ll be seein’ you and the boys on Monday.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great choice. Visit the Big Bend of Texas and southern New Mexico, and read Blood Meridian next. Here’s an excerpt: “It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some other way.” It’s almost worth him being right that he can write that way. Almost.

  20. machelle says:

    I have tried to read “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” and I can’t get through it. I know it’s good; true; and should be read but I found myself getting sick to my stomach having to read parts and even after sitting the book down; couldn’t get it out of my head.
    I’m glad you read it and I hope others do as well but my heart starts racing just reading about someone reading about……too horrific and sad. Its unbelievable what humans are capable of.

  21. kikki125 says:

    i am so far behind here, but have just started “East of Eden.” Could someone tell me why, if John in his dedication is leaving his love and gratitude to Pat in the box, the better compliment would have been that he wasn’t able to get the cover on because it is so full? what am i missing?

  22. dhuntfolkfest says:

    I got cut off at 500 characters so what i was trying to get out was(only seconds later but there has beenso many posts). Anyway the philly folk fest is awesome i really think you guys would enjoy it. This year 2011 will be the 50th year and there are so many ppl who are there every year truly a weekend that people remember. I would love to see you all play and I would especially love for it to be at this event. Look into it, thats all im asking. Much love, danielle.

  23. dhuntfolkfest says:

    Hellooooooo dudes. So let me begin by saying that im not sure if this is the best way to get a hold of you all but i figured its your website so its worth a shot. Let me say that I first heard you the beginning of this year 2010 and i was like okay folk rock i got to the philadelphia folk fest every year this is perfect for the people who attend this event but then i came to find out that you played bonnaroo and so the chances youd be back to the states would be very slim.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Marcus, you really set a challenge. I found a copy of ‘The outline of…’ on the net, but it’s real hard finding a Dutch copie. So I’m working on it. I just wanted to check if the book you mean is in fact a string of essays published by Chesterton? It’s a matter of finding the right book, you see. Hope to get it soon so that I can start reading. Looking forward to your report!! Grtz

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Marcus & guys,
    Just wanted to say think your book group’s a really cool idea. I can’t do a soundtrack to music but I like a nice ambience, a nice candle, lamplight & glass of wine goes down well with anything by Charles Dickens, my favourite. Keep up the good work guys & always have faith in yourselves. We do xxxxxxxxx

  26. samanthaann says:

    Just thought I’d say how good it is that you’re making time for the whole bookclub thing. I work in a library & think it’s great someone who can connect with so many people is keeping the whole reading habit going & hopefully encouraging others to join in & spread the word literally. Sure, it’s great to read books, but it’s even better to share them & talk about them, so keep it going! I can see time is an issue for you but your services to reading have not gone unnoticed!

  27. cutieboo says:

    hi tedwinniemarcusben, you have a beautiful HEARTs evident in your manner, obvious BRAINs by your songwriting and COURAGE to play your heart out for strangers – you have no need of a wizard, but i hope a yellow brick road will bring you back to Oz (Perth) soon. thank you and with love. DW

  28. tangerine says:

    This is for Marcus and the guys, I’m not really sure how to get the suggestion to you any other way , so I’ll put it out there somewhere. I’m a southern girl from Louisiana and have loved and listened to bluegrass and old country since i can remember.. I have recently been turned on to Mumford & Sons and absolutely adore you’re entire album.
    The point of this post is to possibly turn you on to a group you may not have heard of but I know you’ll enjoy. The Steeldrivers – http://www.steeldrivers.net

  29. EllesAK says:

    I love that all of you post something personal that you love doing. It gives you something other bands don’t have. It makes you personal, like the lovers of your music know you. It’s amazing.
    I saw your concert at Lowlands festival and I don’t know what it was but it made me cry. It made me realize that that was what I want to do. I’m busy getting inspiration for new songs and harmonies and maybe one day I’ll get to play with you. So thanks for doing what you love, you made me want to do it too

  30. sophieamelia says:

    Dear Marcus, I have an old Chesterton on my shelf – Four Faultless Felons &I’ve never read it – I was thinking of selling it! So – now I’ll read it. I finished my book & don’t have anything on right now :). Also, talking of books – just as everyone has favorites – mine is Jack London & I’ve been loyally his since the age of 8. He’s awesome and seeing as you seem to have limited time – why not try his short stories – they are very harsh but often quite beautiful. Even his life was incredible.

  31. calebwidmer says:

    i love G.k. Chesterton, nice call. I must make a call of my own, the song, “the cave” has 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez written all over it. I love it for that, you must have read that remarkable work…. Call me when you’re in milwaukee, wi in october if you need a pint and a place or whatever. 262-894-4662

  32. K. says:

    You guys were great yesterday! (Pukkelpop, Belgium) Your live-sound is incredible, you blew me away, had such a good time watching you perform! Thanks! Hope you’re coming again soon on your own tour?!
    I wanted to venture an on-the-road-reading-suggestion: ‘The brief but wondrous life of Oscar Wao’! Funny and exciting, maybe you’ll like it!
    Lots of love!

  33. natashajane says:

    Mr Mumford, I just recently saw you at Splendour and dizzyingly fell in love with your mesmerising performances and humbly unique lyrics. I’m itching to visit the UK just so I can hear some more of your music live. Hmmm I guess cause this is a bookclub I should suggest a book? – a bit weird but you should read the old school version of ”Jaws” – not as intense as some of your other suggestions but still a very classic read and I swear you WILL enjoy it.
    Just quietly.. I think you’re amazing.

  34. christine24 says:

    Dear Mumford and Sons,

    I love that you guys are using your site to express your passions. Its fun to read.

    I also just wanted to let you know that my friend Erin and I will be taking a mini road trip on the east coast to watch your shows in Phily, Boston, Quebec and NY. We have never seen you guys live and are super excited! We would love the opportunity to chat with you in person so I hope we get to see you! Have fun on your US tour! See you on the east coast! – Christine

  35. Anonymous says:

    If you haven’t read it already, The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy is definitely one to pick up and read.

    – “Whatever the darker story is, that’s the one that’s usually true.”


  36. Ide says:

    I love GK Chesterton! Fair play to you for reading this Marcus. From Dublin, but heading to Glasgow on October 1st to see ye, couldn’t afford Electric Picnic/Oxegen, ha ha, can’t wait! But please come back to Dublin soon and play an enormous venue which won’t sell out in two minutes.
    All the best, Slán go fóill, �de
    PS Might be an odd question, but is Timshel about abortion??

  37. musicmakeslovegoround says:

    Oh! and also, The Alchemist talks about deep life stuff, like your “personal legend”, “it is written”, the universe, etc…so you might find some cool motivational stuff in there. :) I know it definitely changed my outlook on life.

  38. musicmakeslovegoround says:


    I know you already have a butt-load of books on your list already, but I would like to recommend The Alchemist, which is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and has even been written in 56 different languages. If you ever get the time, you should check it out! Good luck to you guys and I hope everything is going fantastic! :)


  39. Anonymous says:

    Hi there! I am aware that I am INCREDIBLY late but I just now discovered your book club today and taking a look at your first 3 books got me so interested that I went straight to the library to pick up “All the Pretty Horses” before my shift at the local pool. Thank you so much, it is greatly engaging! Please allow me to recommend a few as well: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins, and The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara. Salud!

  40. cjackson says:

    And delete my posts, okay, unless I can figure out how to do it.

  41. cjackson says:

    Marcus, don’t know if you got the other comment, because I’m old and can’t tell how this dumnb thing works. But if Laura wants to hang while she’s here, please give her my numbers. Cheryl

  42. debbiew says:

    The Outline of Sanity can be purchased quite easily from The Book Depository through the Amazon Website, it has only taken a couple of days to arrive. Happy reading guys!!!

  43. katymaness says:

    Hi Marcus :) my names Katy. I was just wondering, how do I get to be apart of this book club, if that’s possible? I’d really like to read the book and give some input.

  44. Ardency says:

    Huge book and music nerd here. The two seem to somehow go together. Looking over the comments posted prior to my joining, I find myself nodding in agreement with many of these choices- I love Feist, and Everything is Illuminated was amazing. Dickens, of course is classic, as is To Kill a Mockingbird. If you like historical fiction, I recommend Loving Frank- it is about the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwich Cheney. It was amazing- as are you guys!

  45. lauraswish says:

    i love that you started a book club

  46. ElizabethAndreaCampbell says:

    I know this is long after October 9th, but I still have a suggestion for a book, although I haven’t read it yet myself. The title caught my attention so I bought the book and stored in my bookshelf. The author is Charles Dickens and the story was published in between 1840 and 1841, it’s called The Old Curiosity Shop. I’m going to read it and I’ll somehow let you know what I think of it.

  47. PattiSmith says:

    100 years of solitude — great book! a real thinker

  48. LucyTB says:

    So the next book? “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

  49. Anonymous says:

    Can I recommend Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins… Its the book that has and always will stay with me forever…. and while im here, your beautiful songs have recently rocked my world, I cant wait to feel you live….xxx

  50. amyphun says:

    Most important discovery for me for 2009 was definitely Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer. A little behind the 8-ball because it’s been out for quite a while, but it was brilliant. Please read and discuss :) :)
    xo ames

  51. dissolvedgirl says:

    just finished the magician by raymond e fiest. one of the best books ever. highly recommend to anyone who likes to dive into the depths of fantasy and magic. Marcus you are a magician! thankyou for you inspirational music! love it. i have been waiting for something like this for a long time.! love jessxx

  52. Anna says:

    Looking forward to this, I’ve had my head stuck in Environmental Science textbooks for too long, and need to read for entertainment again!

  53. Rach says:

    hmm what kinda books are you into? I can’t wait for exams to be over.. then i can get into the pile of books i have sitting in my room :)

  54. Anonymous says:

    this is such a great idea! can’t wait for the first read

  55. Ollie says:

    Love it! what’s th first book?

  56. tully says:

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy!

  57. laris says:

    hmmm love the idea…..Shantaram is the best book I’ve read lately…..but its a biggie!

  58. siobhan says:

    Ooh Frankenstein, that’s a good book.

  59. martac says:

    You’re on … I’ve always thought a love of music and reading were really two sides of the same coin – what more could you ask for? by the look of the comments, you’re building up an Aussie fan base quickly – time to come over here so we can hear / see you in person!

  60. Mim says:

    I love this idea- whats the first read?

  61. jo says:

    Looking foward to the start of this!

  62. jb says:

    in an attempt to kill several birds with a proverbial stone……
    participated last year to great effect and enjoyment
    and trying to tie the bookclub and food blogs together, i’m currently reading ‘hungry city’ by carolyn steel. it’s a look at how food shapes our lives, particularly cities, and will make you never want to shop in a supermarket, convenience store etc again. very enlightening stuff.
    looking forward to your first suggestion.

  63. martha says:

    Pretty sure movember’s just an aussie thing, but it’d be good to get an international slant on it. Very hot indeed! On that note, when are you coming to Oz for a hoedown??! Plenty of people waiting to jig it up with you out here :)
    Oh… and on the subject of books, I’ve just read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak… absolutely beautiful, I’d recommend it to anyone

  64. Anonymous says:

    oh, forgot to ask! are you and the boys going all out with the tash’s for movember??? i think you should,mmm HOT! haha I’d donate some hard earned cash for the cause…. http://au.movember.com/ (thats the aussie site, i’m sure there’s an international one)

  65. nicky says:

    what a grand idea! i get to blend 2 loves, m&s and lit… what a discovery (the best one of the day at least) ok, first one is…. ?

  66. hollydy says:

    So are you wanting to start with the classics or are you hoping to be the new Richard and Judy (Oprah)? I can recommend Frankenstein (sorry Dyslexic and can’t spell) or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!