Book Clubs :: SOC Sista 15-16 Long List

book-questionIt is that time again – the month when my book group takes a pause from discussing a book to research and pitch the next year’s selections. I love this meeting, not only because of the excitement it creates about the next year’s reading, but also because I know I’m going to come away with a long list of books now on my radar to read. (If you’re new to Lit&Leisure, I’ve written about how our book group selects books here, and about last year’s long list and short list as well.) 

Which ones of these have you read, and what did you think?

Go Set the Watchman, Harper Lee
The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O ‘Conner
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Christopher Scotton
Run with the Horseman, Ferrol Sams
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Aunti Mame, Patrick Dennis
Dear Committee Members, Julie Shumacher
Letter from an Unknown Women, Stefan Zweig
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
The Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida
Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Faith, Jennifer Haigh
Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink
Dead Wake, Eric Larson
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (companion to All the Light We Cannot See)
The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg
The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood
City of Tranquil Light, Bo Caldwell 
Maude, Donna Mabry
The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
Flight of the Sparrow, Amy Belding Brown
The Great Santini, Pat Conroy
What She Left Behind, Ellen Marie Wiseman
The Prisoner of Heaven, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

I love this list for its variety. There is non-fiction – something we constantly lament we don’t read enough of. Books that are new to me, and books that are old favorites that we’ve just never discussed together. With these as our long list, I don’t think there is any way for us to go wrong.



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