Reading Lists for Adults

 Book Group Favorites
My book group has been meeting and reading for 12 years now–more than 100 books to date! There are 12 of us, and we usually rate our books on a scale of 1 to 10. Because our tastes are so different, scores vary wildly from reader to reader. The same book might get a 9 from one reader and a 3 from another. These books all rated an average of 7 or higher, which means that more of us liked them than didn’t.

Special Guests & Special Writers
This first group of books is particularly special to us, not only because they’re by fabulous writers, but also because their authors honored us with a guest appearance at our meeting. Thanks, Judy, Suzanne, Anna, Karen, Marla, and Michael! Come back any time!
The Secret Thief by Judith Jaeger
Make a Wish But Not for Money by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Shelf life by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Sundays in America by Suzanne Strempek Shea
This is Paradise by Suzanne Strempek Shea
My Outcast Heart by Anna C. Bowling
Soul Catcher by Michael C. White
Beautiful Assassin by Michael C. White
The Garden of Martyrs by Michael C. White
Don’t I Know You? by Karen Shepard
Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla Miller

 

The following books appealed to nearly everyone in my book group, earning an average score of 7 or higher out of a possible 10:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook by Ina Garten
The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Souief
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
1776 by David McCullough
Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
Gibbon’s Rise and Fall by Sherri Tepper
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Still Life by Louise Penny
Just One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Suspect by Robert Crais
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Let Me Go by Helga Schneider
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Truth by Jacqueline Sheehan
Everywhere that Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
Always Outnumbered Always Outgunned by Walter Moseley
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
Killing Time by Caleb Carr
Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Revere in Those Days by Roland Merullo
The Mummy by Anne Rice
I Feel Bad about My Neck by Nora Ephron
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
Other Books You Might Enjoy
Biography
Mr. and Mrs. Prince by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
Flower Hunters by Mary and John Gribbin
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Martha Hodes
The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich by Megan Taylor Shockley
Contemporary fiction
The Last Hollywood Romance by Beverly Bloomberg
Benediction by Kent Haruf
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Testing the Heart by Melva Michaelian and Lorene Morin
The Returned by Jason Mott
Mother America by Nuala Ni Chonchuir
Girl Held in Home by Elizabeth Searle
Around Again by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Becoming Finola by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Hoopi Shoopi Donna by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Lily of the Valley by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Selling the Lite of Heaven by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Historical fiction
Never Too Late by Anna C. Bowling
Orphans of the Storm by Anna C. Bowling
Queen of the Ocean by Anna C. Bowling
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
Humor
A Walk on the Wide Side: Pride and Plumpness byMelvaMichaelianandLorene Morin
Mystery
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor
Chas Wheatley mysteries by Phyllis Richman
Nonfiction
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
At Home by Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Rusty and Bob Clark’s Stories Carved in Stone series
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
She Captains by Joan Druett
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall
Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whale Fishery, 1729-1870 by Lisa Norling
Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home, 1760-1860 by Jane Nylander
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman

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