2015 Book Club Report

2015 Book Club Report

Whew. Another year is about to close. It was a great one for my two book clubs. Here is what we read this year:

November/December – A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote*+
October – Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton*
September – Gifted Hands, by Ben Carson*+
August – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo*+
June – The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman*+
May – Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes*+
April – The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner*
March – The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman*+
February – Cinder, by Marissa Meyer*+
January – Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie*+

December – Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas*+
November – Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes*+
October – Dracula, by Bram Stoker*+
September – The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins*+
August – Not in the Script, by Amy Finnegan*+
July – Animal Farm, by George Orwell*+
June – Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Conner*+
May – Dune, by Frank Herbert*+
April – The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
March – Wonder, by R.J. Palacio*+
February – Persuasion, by Jane Austen* and For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund*
January – Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys*+

A highly successful book club reading year! I read or reread 17 book club books this year. There was only one book that I failed to read at all: The Golem and the Jinni. The asterisks* above mean I have read the book at some point, with the plus signs+ indicating the ones I actually read this year. You can learn more about my two book clubs here.

A pretty good year, eh? How about some highlights and thoughts?

  • There was one overlap between the two groups this year: Me Before You. It was definitely a good discussion book.
  • Interesting author appearance goes to Amy Finnegan.
  • My sister-in-law Maren joined the Third Thursday Book Club this year!
  • As far as diverse books go, the Third Thursday line up was all written by white authors, though ten of the thirteen books were written by women. The Highland line up did slightly better, with two books by people of color and seven of ten by women.
  • We finally read Dune at the repeated requests of Jenni Elyse!
  • My favorite book club selections of the year were Dune and Dracula, because it meant that I finally read both books!

What was your favorite book club book this year?