18. April 2015 · 9 comments · Categories: Life, Reading · Tags:


Thank you so much for all of your excellent feedback and suggestions for book club books. I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to choose for our May discussion, but now I have a fantastic list to select from and also have a surplus of titles to consider for future months. I’m going to share this list with the rest of my book club members in case they need suggestions as well. It’s always easier to decide on a book when the field is already narrowed to a list of reputable titles. Below, I’ve compiled the titles into an alphabetical list and also included recommended authors – hopefully, this will help others looking for good discussion books or just a good read for themselves. Thanks again!

Specific Titles

Coral Glynn – Peter Cameron

The Cutting Season – Attica Locke

Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

Excellent Women – Barbara Pym

Funny Girl – Nick Hornby

The Hollow Land – Jane Gardam

Jim the Boy – Tony Earley

Listening Valley – D.E. Stevenson

Little Century – Anna Keesey

A Lost Lady – Willa Cather

A Month in the Country – J.L. Carr

Murder Past Due – Miranda James

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

The Rosemary Tree – Elizabeth Goudge

The Scent of Water – Elizabeth Goudge

Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Silas Marner – George Eliot

The Solitary Summer – Elizabeth Von Arnim

Someone – Alice McDermott (Twitter suggestion)

The Soul of Kindness – Elizabeth Taylor

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis

Vanessa and Her Sister  – Priya Parmar

The Young Clementina – D.E. Stevenson


Tove Jansson

Penelope Lively

Emily St. John Mandel

Edith Wharton

Dorothy Whipple


  1. Lovely suggestions! A Month in the Country and the Solitary Summer are great! 🙂

  2. This is a wonderful list! I feel like discarding my ‘to-read in 2015’ list and using this one! you are fortunate to have such great reading friends : ) thanks for posting it.

  3. The House of Mirth!! 😀

  4. I would love to join a book club that read from this list. : )

  5. So many great titles there (and so many I need to read myself!).

  6. You can’t lose! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I haven’t read any of these but I would like to try something by Kazuo Ishiguro. I hope you enjoy reading whatever you choose 🙂

  8. I’ve finished Excellent Women this morning and am dying to talk about it with someone. It would be a great book to read with bookclub. The best discussions with my group so far: Gone With the Wind, The Hare with Amber Eyes and Gone Girl.

  9. A wonderful list! And I’m so in love with that image; so many great, great titles there too.

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