Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Short List for 2017-2018

After a record four-phase voting run-off, the SOC Sistas have selected the ten books we’ll be reading from June 2017 – May 2018. Here they are with some thoughts about why these are such fabulous selections.

Brit Marie was Here and My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
We couldn’t decide which one of these we wanted to read, so we decided to include both. Most of our members have read one or the other – if not both – so this seemed manageable.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
I’m super excited about this book – especially after seeing some other book lovers like Laura Tremaine sharing their love for it on social.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
True Confession: My book club is a sucker for good WWII read. This one is getting a lot of buzz.
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
I recommended this one and heard about it on the What Should I Read Next podcast. I flew through it in about 24 hours. A.mazing. I ♥ Ian McEwan. And, I ♥ the #WSIRN podcast. But my TBR list hates it. You should check it out.
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann 
We read McCann’s Let the Great World Spin several years back, and he has a wonderful way of telling stories. I’m looking forward to this collection a lot.
Update: I was scanning through the books I’ve read over the last year on Goodreads & realized I’ve already read this one. #herestolikingitmorethesecondtimearound
Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips 
This is a local nonfiction read of an event that happened in a county near us. I also brought it home from this past December’s Book Club book exchange. #score
Memoirs of A Geisha by Author Golden 
This will be a re-read for us. One of our goals was to select a book that the club has already read and discussed. But, that was many years and several members ago, and so we wanted to see how our thoughts or discussion might change with a few new members and a few years of – let’s say – maturity.
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 
Olive Kitteridge is one of the highest scoring books of our club. I personally wasn’t crazy about Lucy Barton and these stories are based on a character from that book. We’ll see.
Whisper of the River by Ferrol Sams 
Two years ago we read Run with the Horseman, that is the first in this Sams’ trilogy. What we’ve talked about is reading all three over a period of years. #deuceisup
Radium Girls by Kate Moore 
This is another book that I see social giving a lot of love. It’s the true story of some young women who worked in a radium paint plant and came out glowing. That wasn’t a good thing.
I’m curious to know which of these you’ve read or are looking forward to reading. And, what’s your book club reading?


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