Book Club :: Long List 2019-2020

Book Selections for 2019

Book Selections for 2019It is that time of year when our book club makes its book selections for the next year. This week we had our annual book pitch night. These are the 30 books that were suggested, and now we need to narrow it down to 10.

If you were in our book club, what book selections would you vote for? Which ones have you read that are worthy to make it into our short list?


A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again David Foster Wallace
A Woman of Independent Means Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
Asymmetry Lisa Halliday
Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery Charles Martin
Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Educated Tara Westover
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Home Fire Kamila Shamsie
I Capture the Castle Dixie Smith
Little Fires Everywhere Celest Ng
Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Mouthful of Birds Samanta Schweblin
My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite
Once upon a River Diane Setterfield
Small Fry Lisa Brennan Jobs
The Bridge of Clay Markus Zusak
The Heart’s Invisible Furies John Boyne
The Last Year of the War Susan Meissner
The Ninth Hour Alice McDermott
The Return Hisham Matar
The Secrets Between Us Thrity Umrigar
The Source of Self Regard Toni Morrison
The Sweet Hereafter Russel Banks
The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
The Weight of a Piano: A Novel Chris Cander
When all the World was Young Ferrol Sams
Where Crawdads Sing Delia Owens


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2 Replies to “Book Club :: Long List 2019-2020

  1. I enjoy your book reviews and often will add to my TBR list based on your enthusiasm. I currently have “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles on my list. In the list of books above that your book club is considering, I loved “Chasing Fireflies” by Charles Martin. I was introduced to his books many years ago in a book club when we read “Wrapped In Rain”. More recently I read “Long Way Gone” which is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Charles Martin is a wonderful author. His books never fail to consume me. ‘Chasing Fireflies” is a book I’ve just finished for the 2nd time and it will be worth your time. There is so much richness in his writing that leaves me pondering long after I have finished the book. Thanks so much for sharing your list of considerations!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy the posts! Let me know what you think about Towles – I really think he is one of the more brilliant and talented writers currently writing. I just became familiar with Charles Martin. I heard him on Annie Down’s “That Sound Fun” podcast and then another in our group recommended this one. I haven’t read anything by him, but plan to remedy that soon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Fireflies – because I wasn’t sure where to start! Thanks for taking the time to comment! It means a lot. Hope you & W are well!

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