Our Reading List

**** = Voted “Best Book of the Year”

***  = Runner Up for “Best Book of the Year”

*     = Second Runner Up for “Best Book of the Year” (started 2013)


Nov          Mutant Message Down Under-Mario Morgan

and Material World- Peter Menzel

Dec          Stones from the River- Ursula Hegi


Feb           ***In the Time of the Butterflies- Julia Alvarez

Mar          Cat’s Eye- Margaret Atwood and

Reviving Ophelia- Mary Pipher

Apr           ***Snow Falling on Cedars- David Guterson

May          Having Our Say- the Delaney Sisters and

Two Old Women- Velma Wallis

June         Girl Interrupted- S Kayser and

Welcome to My Country- Lauren Slater

July          The Bluest Eye- Toni Morrison- dinner at Rutabagors

Aug          The Liars Club- Mary Karr- lunch at Mc Charles House

Sep           Ladder of Years- Anne Tyler

Oct           ***Tortilla Curtain- T Coraghessan Boyle

Nov          Winesburg, Ohio- Sherwood Anderson

Dec          ***High Fidelity- Nick Hornsby


Jan           ****Angle of Repose- Wallace Stegner

Feb           ***Cry the Beloved Country- Alan Paton- dinner and movie

Mar          White Noise- Don DeLillo

Apr           Alais Grace- Margaret Atwood

May          Yellow Raft in Blue Water- Michael Dorris

June          Care of the Soul- Thomas Moore

July          I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou-

Night at the beach house on Balboa Island

Aug           Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil- John Brendt

Sep           Martin Dressler- Steven Millhauser

Oct           Road from COorain- Jill Ker Conway

Nov          Little Alters Everywhere- Rebecca Wells

Dec          Color of Water- James Mc Bride


Jan           Angela’s Ashes- Frank Mc Court

Feb           The Passion- Jeanette Winterson

Mar          The Soloist- Mark Salzburg

Apr           Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom and

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

May          Cold Mountain- Charles Frazier

June         Paradise- Toni Morrison

July          Rapture of Caanan- Sheri Reynolds-lunch at Mc Charles House

Aug           ***The Giant’s House- Elizabeth Mc Craken- lunch at MaryLou’s

Sep           Wild Swans- Jung Chang

Oct           Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison

Nov          God of small Things- Arundhati Roy

Dec          Welcome to the World Baby Girl- Fannie Flagg


Jan           ****Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

Feb           An American Childhood- Annie Dillard

Mar          Where the Heart Is- Billie Letts

Apr           The House Gun- Nadine Gordimer

May          The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down-

Anne Fadiman

June         ****Lambs of God- Marele Day

July          My Year of Meats- Ruth Ozeki-lunch at Water’s

Aug           ***Esperanza’s Box of Saint’s – Maria Amparo Escandon-

Lunch at Liz’s

Sep           Summer- Edith Wharton and Beggings- Eudora Lively

Oct           Heat Wave- Penelope Lively

Nov          ***Puttermesser Papers- Cynthia Ozick

Dec          Another Country- Mary Pipher


Jan           The Short History of a Prince- Jane Hamilton

Feb           ‘Tis-  Frank Mc Court

Mar          Empress of the Splendid Season- Oscar Hijuelos

Apr           Chocolat- Joanne Harris

May          Kaaterskill Falls- Allegra Goodman

June         Native Speaker- Chang Rae-Lee

July          First they Killed My Father- Loung Ung

Aug           ***Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith- Gina B Nahai

Sep           In the Name Of Salome- Julia Alvarez

Oct           ****Plainsong- Kent Haruf

Nov          The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerld

Dec          Hometown- Tracy Kidder


Jan           Ahab’s Wife- Sena Jeter

Feb           Corelli’s Mandolin- Louis de Bernieres

Mar          The Red Tent- Anita Diamant

Apr           The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood

May          This Much I Know is True- Wally Lamb

June         Tulip Fever- Deborah Moggach

July          White Oleander- Janet Fitch- dinner at Water’s

Aug           Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand

Sep           ****Blindness- Jose Saramango

Oct           Kindred- Octavia Butler

Nov          ***The Human Stain- Phillip Roth

Dec          repeat of The Human Stain


Jan           The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B-

Sandra Galland

Feb           Prodigal Summer- Barbara Kingsolver

Mar          The Best Short Stories of 2001- Dinner at Davio’s

Apr           Kavilier and Clay- Michael Chabon

May          Red Water- Judith Freeman

June         Ladies of Espionage-Tom Moon

July          The Oxbow Incident- Walter Van Tilburg-

Dinner at Asian Noodle Co.

Aug           ***Seabiscuit- Laura Hillebrand- dinner at Chimaya’s

Sep           Tender at the Bone- Ruth Reichl

Oct           Atonement- Ian Mc Ewan

Nov          ***Interpreter of Maladies- Jhumpa Lahiri

Dec          Peace Like a River- Leif Enger


Jan           ***Half a Life- V. S. Naipul

Feb           Bel Canto- Ann Patchett

Mar          The Good Earth- Pearl S. Buck

Apr           The Art of Eating- M. F. K. Fisher

May          cancelled

June         Life of Pi- Yann Martel

July          Too Many Men- Lily Brett- dinner at Waters

Aug           The True Story of Hansel and Gretel- Louise Murphy

Sep           repeat of Hansel and Gretel

Oct           The Whore’s Child- Richard Russo

Nov          The Heaven of Mercury- Brad Watson

Dec          Shadow Baby- Alison Mc Ghee


Jan           The Monkey Wrench Gang- Edward Albee

Feb           When the Elephants Dance- Tess Uriza Holthe

Mar          Replay- Ken Grimwood

Apr           ***Middlesex- Jeffery Eugenides

May          East is East- T. Coraghessan Boyle

June         The Heart is a Lonely Hunter- Carson Mc Cullers

July          ****The Known World- Edward P. Jones


Sep           The Samuri’s Garden- Gail Tsukiyama

Oct           America’s Women- Gail Collins

Nov          A Separate Peace- John Knowles

Dec          The Day the World Came to Town- Jim De Fede


Jan           ****The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

Feb           The Dress Lodger- Sheri Holman

Mar          Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight- Alexandra Fuller

Apr           Evidence of Things Unseen- Marianne Wiggins

May          ****Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston

June         1,000 White Women- Jim Fergus- dinner at Water’s

July          Graceland- Chris Abani – dinner at Water’s


Sept         ***History of Love- Nicole Krauss

Oct           ***Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- Jonathon Safran Foer

Nov          Tales of a Female Nomad- Rita Golden Gelman

Dec          No meeting Kelly’s Wedding


Jan           A Million Little Pieces- James Frey

Feb           The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Mar          The Birth of Venus- Sarah Durant

April         The Children’s Blizzard- David Laskin

May          ***Snow Flower and the Secret Fan- Lisa See

June         ***Death comes for the Archbishop- Willa Cather

July          ***Bricklane- Monica Ali

Aug          Talk, Talk – TC Boyle

Sept         The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

Oct           I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron

Nov         A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby


Jan           On Beauty – Zadie Smith

Feb           The Worst Hard Time – Timothy Egan

Mar          Outwitting History – Aaron Lansky

April         Molokai – Alan Brennert

May          Suite Francais – Irene Nemirovsky

June         Dinner at Zov’s – Book???

July          ***Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Aug           A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseni

Sept         Reservation Road – John Brunham Schwartz

Oct           Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson

Nov          Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult

Dec          No book – dinner at Ling and Louie’s


Jan           Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl

Feb           Bridge of Sighs – Richard Russo

Mar          Bridge of Sighs again

April         The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama

May          Inez of My Soul – Isabel Allende

June         What Is the What – Dave Eggers – dinner at Waters

July           Netherland – Joseph O’Neill

Sept          Away – Amy Bloom

Oct            A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

Nov          The Translator – John Crowley


Jan            The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Maryann Shaffer

Feb            A Mercy – Toni Morrison

Mar           The Women – TC Boyle

April         The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

May           ***The Help – Kathryn Stockett

June          The Traveling Funeral of Annie Freeman – Kris Radish

Oct            People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

Nov         Mudbound – Hillary Jordan

Dec           ****City of Thieves – David Benioff


Jan          The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood

Feb          The Museum of Innocence – Orham Pamuk

March     The Heretic’s Daughter – Kathleen Kent

April        Still Alice – Lisa Genova

May          ***Let the Great World Spin  – Colum McCann

June        Same Kind of Different as Me – Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent

July         Half the Sky – Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

August    The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

Sep         **** Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Oct          Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Nov         Every Last One – Anna Quindlen

Dec          Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford


Jan         Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell

Feb         Half-Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls

March   Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris

April      Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

May        Room – Emma Donoghue

June       ***The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

July        Selected short stories by Flannery O’Connor

August   The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Sept        The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

Oct            ****State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Nov          Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

Dec           Beyond the Sky and the Earth by Jamie Zeppa


Jan            The Submission by Amy Waldman

Feb            Meeting Cancelled

March      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

April         The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tóbar

May           Pearl of China by Anchee Min

June          Defending Jacob by William Landlay

July           Wild by Cheryl Strayed

August      No Meeting

Sept           The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Oct             Home by Toni Morrison

Nov            The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Dec             Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantle


Jan            ***The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Feb            The Round House by Louise Erdrich

March        *Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

April          The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

May           *****Benediction by Kent Haruf

June          The Lotus Eaters by Tatiana Soli

July            No meeting

August      The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Sept          No meeting

Oct            The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Nov          No meeting

Dec          Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


Jan        And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Feb         Dear Life by Alice Munro

March   This is Getting Old by Susan Moon

April      Where I Was From by Joan Didion

May        Fire and Forget by Matt Gallagher, et al

June       The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

July         Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

August    ****A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Sept         ****We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Oct           The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago

Nov          No meeting

Dec          The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall


Jan          ****All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Feb          Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

March     The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

April        What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

May          Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

June         The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

July           And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

August      Stoner by John Williams

Sept           **Stoner by John Williams (tie)

Oct           ** The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (tie)

Nov            ***Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian 

Dec           No book – Holiday Party


Jan          Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Feb          Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

March     The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

April        Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Miesner

May         Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

June        My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

July         My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

August    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sept         The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Oct          Meeting cancelled to watch Presidential Debate

Nov         The Girl Who Wrote on Silk by Kelli Estes

Dec          No book – Holiday Party


Jan         Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Feb         ***LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Mar       Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Apr        Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

May       ****The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

June      Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

July        ***Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Aug       Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Sept      The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Oct        ”          ”         ”        ”        ”        ”        ”        ”        ”        ”

Nov      Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate


Jan         ***A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Feb         ****News of the World by Paulette Jiles

March    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

April       The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

May        Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

June       Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

July        The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

August   **Educated by Tara Westover

Sept        The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Oct          The Good Daughter by Jasmine Darznik

Nov         No Meeting

Dec          Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Jan          Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Feb          The Library Book by Susan Orlean

March     Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingals Wilder by Caroline Fraser

April        The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

May          Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

2 Responses to Our Reading List

  1. Stephanie Wickersham says:

    I’m snooping at your reading list. Our book club has read many of the same, which is kind of fun! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

    Stephanie (Liz’s sister)

    One of our favorites was Straight Man, by Richard Russo

  2. Charla Connelley says:

    Love it!

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