Book Clubs :: Virtual Meetings Continue, Book Pitch Long List

Virtual Book Pitch
Virtual Book Pitch
Virtual Book Pitch (plus one addition for the member who had a very good reason for missing book club)

For the second month in a row, thanks to COVID and #shelterinplace, our book club met virtually. April is “book pitch month” for our book club, where each member pitches 2 or 3 (or 6 – you know who you are) books for our next year’s reading. Then, we enter a voting period that can get as dicey as the 2000 hanging chads fiasco, but viola – at the conclusion we have a list of ten books that will get us through the next year.

In this year’s book pitch, we had a number of books that were put forth by multiple people and so we ended up with a shorter long list than usual. It remains to be seen if this will make the voting easier or harder.

With that, I present our 2020-2021 Long List.

  1. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  2. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany (audio version) by John Irving
  4. Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
  5. All of our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky
  6. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  7. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  8. Circe by Madeline Miller
  9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  10. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  11. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  12. Native Son by Richard Wright
  13. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Smith
  14. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  15. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  16. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  17. Say Nothing by Patrick Keefe
  18. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  19. The Giver of Stars by Jo Jo Moyes
  20. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  21. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
  22. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  23. The Tenth of December by George Saunders
  24. When All the World Was Young by Ferrol Sams

Which books would you vote for?


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