Book Club List

Here you can see what my real-life book club is reading, or has read. I have been a member of this club for over 22+ years. We used to meet once a year to select books for the entire year which is a little different from how other clubs choose their books but due to COVID we now pick about two months ahead.

2023 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus [review]

Feb – Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson [review]

Mar – Nightcrawling by  Leila Mottley

Apr – Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

2022 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy [review]

Feb – Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe

Mar – Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey [review]

Apr – The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan [review]

May – Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan [review]

June – The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka [review]

July – Skipped Month (No book)

Aug – Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner [review]

Sept – The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Oct – My Name is Lucy Barton  by Elizabeth Strout [review]

Nov – The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry [review]

December – No book. Holiday book exchange instead!

2021 Book Club Reading List

Jan – The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa [review]

Feb – The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo [review]

Mar – The Beauty of What Remains by Steve Leder [review]

April – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman [review]

May – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano [review]

June – Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin [review]

July – The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave [review]

Aug – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Sept – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell [review]

Oct – Piranesi by Susanna Clarke [review]

Nov – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger [review]

Dec – Holiday Dinner (no book!)

2020 Book Club Reading List

Jan – The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Feb – No Book! Watching Parasite, instead.

Mar – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim [review]

Apr – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson [review]

May – Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

Jun – The Dutch House by Ann Patchett [review]

Jul – Non-Book Pick American Factory Documentary

Aug – Non-Book Pick The Changemakers PBS Documentary

Sep – Kindred by Octavia Butler [review]

Oct – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood [review]

Nov – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones [review]

Dec – None

2019 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Away by Amy Bloom

Feb – Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Mar – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Apr – There There by Tommy Orange [review]

May – White Tears by Hari Kunzru

Jun – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee [review]

Jul – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara [review]

Aug – Judas by Amos Oz [review]

Sep – The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric [review]

Oct – This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel [review]

Nov – Best Boy  by Eli Gottlieb

Dec – No book!

2018 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Nutshell by Ian McEwan [review]

Feb – The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood [review]

Mar – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande [review]

Apr – Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance [review]

May – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles [review]

Jun – A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder [review]

Jul – Are we Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal [review]

Aug – The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin [review]

Sep –  Exit West by Moshin Hamid [review]

Oct – Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Nov – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Dec – Sourdough by Robin Sloan [review]

2017 Book Club Reading List

Jan – The Turner House by Angela Flournoy [review]

Feb – Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg [review]

Mar – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman [review]

Apr – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien [review]

May – Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin [review]

Jun – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi [review]

Jul – Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan [review]

Aug – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher [review]

Sep – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders [review]

Oct – The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin [review]

Nov – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren [review]

Dec – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin [review]

2016 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller [review]

Feb – Ghettoside by Jill Leovy [review]

Mar – God Help The Child by Toni Morrison [review]

Apr – City of Thieves by David Benioff

May – The Martian by Andy Weir [review]

Jun – Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff [review]

Jul – The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler [review]

Aug – The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard [review]

Sep – The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

Oct – The House Girl by Tara Conklin [review]

Nov – The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Dec – NONE

2015 Book Club Reading List

Jan –  TransAtlantic by Colum McCann [review]

Feb – Havisham by Ronald Frame

Mar – In the Heart of the Sea by Nathanial Philbrick

Apr – The Tempest by William Shakespeare

May – Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire [review]

Jun – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [review]

July – Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote [review]

Aug – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng [review]

Sep – The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

Oct – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown [review]

Nov – The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant [review]

Dec – Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan [review]

2014 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Canada by Richard Ford [review]

Feb – The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Mar –  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter [review]

Apr –  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson [review]

May-  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini [review]

Jun –  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [review]

Jul –  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [review]

Aug –  Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick [review]

Sep –  Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup [review]

Oct – I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai [review]

Nov –  Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink [review]

Dec- A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines [review]

2013 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Feb – The Submission by Amy Waldman

Mar – Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell (my 4th time reading it)

Apr – The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson [review]

May – The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Jun – Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Jul – Stone’s Fall by Ian Pears

Aug – The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Sep – Moloka’I by Alan Brennert

Oct – The Round House by Louise Erdrich [review]

Nov – Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dec – The River Swimmer (novellas) by Jim Harrison

2012 Book Club Reading List

Jan – The Lost City of Z by David Grann [review] (chosen last year)

Feb – The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee (chosen last year)

Mar – The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds [review] (my pick from last year)

Apr – The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

May – The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow [review]

Jun – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (my 4th time reading it)

Jul – The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham

Aug – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami [review]

Sep – The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Oct – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Nov – The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Dec – The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

2011 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving [review]

Feb – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Murial Barbery [review]

Mar – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [review]

Apr – A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

May – A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller [review]

Jun – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell [review]

Jul – Pearl of China by Anchee Min [review]

Aug – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese [review]

Sep – Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Oct – Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez [review]

Nov – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand [review]

Dec – Room by Emma Donoghue [review]

2010 Book Club Reading List

Note: there was a small change for April. The Shadow of the Wind was replaced with The Book Thief.

Jan – Finn by Jon Clinch [review]

Feb – Case Histories by Kate Atkinson [review]

Mar  – True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

Apr  – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

May – First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung [review]

Jun – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Jul – Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink [review]

Aug – The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Sep – Invisible by Paul Auster [review]

Oct – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Nov – Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors

Dec  – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [review]

2009 Book Club Reading List

Jan – Cane River by Lalita Tademy [review]

Feb – The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Mar – Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama [review]

Apr – Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult [review]

May – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [review]

Jun – Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons [review]

Jul – Netherland by Joseph O’Neill [review]

Aug – Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo [review]

Sep – The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff [review]

Oct – A Mercy by Toni Morrison [review]

Nov – In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Dec – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

6 thoughts on “Book Club List”

  1. Just found your site. Noticed you eliminated Shadows of the Wind. It is a MUST READ. Loved it and your site too!!!

    1. I know! It actually got pushed into the next year to make room for another book. I loved it but we will definitely be reading it as a group.

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