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MWC Book Club - What we've read

Updated: May 16

Over the years we've read books we've loved, books we've liked,and books that, as individuals, were in a genre we probably wouldn't have explored. And there's the odd one or two we discovered after reading, that we wouldn't recommend. The only 'rule' we have, is once a book is voted on and ok'd by the group (majority rules), we all have to read it.

By stepping outside of our comfort zone, we can grow as readers and overall humans. We've all discovered authors, styles, and genres we wouldn't have encountered without this group.

How do we choose a book? It varies. In the beginning we'd each come to the meeting with a list of our recommendations and by a vote would choose our read for the next month. Our group is fluid; there are a couple of core members who've never missed a book or meeting, and others who join us as their schedules allow. Majority rules. Once a book is selected we each order it through our favorite method(Amazon, library, audio, etc). That worked okay for a while but in the last couple of years, we've adopted a different strategy, due in part to the Manchester Public Library.

One of the services the library offers is to collect books for the various book clubs in town. We give them a list of our books, the months we'll be reading them, and they order the books in the quantities we need. Books are transferred from other libraries around the state, show up at Mary Cheney Library, and through librarian magic, are placed on the 'Book Club' shelf - with enough time for us to get and read the book before our next club meeting. (If you're not familiar with the myriad of services the library offers, visit their website - or better yet, visit the library. You'll be amazed at how many things, in addition to books, the library offers)

With such an incredible service, this year we came armed to our first book meeting of our year (In September) with a list of read suggestions. We voted on books for the whole year and gave the library our list. It's a fabulous service and one that is very much appreciated! So, what have we read?

In the order of reading, here's our list ....


A Man Called Ove Fredrick Backman

Vox Christina Dalcher

Educated Tara Westover

Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty

Elinor Oliphant is Doing Fine

An American Marriage Tayari Jones

Where the Crawdad's Sing

The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher

The GoldFinch Donna Tartt

Magpie Murders Anthony Horowitz

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng

Defending Jacob William Landay

All the Light We Cannot See

The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry

Clock Dance Ann Taylor

Spark of Light Judy Picolt

Rosie Project Graeme Simpson

The Reading Group Elizabeth Noble

Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate

American Dirt Jeanine Cummins

No! I don't want to join a book club

The Talented Miss Farwell Emily Gray Tedrowe

The man she married Cathy Lamb

We met 1st time in person in a year

The People We Meet on Vacation Emily Henry

The Reading List Sara Nisha Allums

The Midnight Library Matt Haig

Flyaway Kathleen Jennings

An Inbisible Thread Laura Schroff

Orphan Train Christine Baker Kline

The Girl Who Lived Christopher Greyson

2023 Reads

The Other Black Girl Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Yellow House Sarah M Broom

Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly

The House of Mirth Edith Wharton

The Girls They Write Songs About Carlene Bauer

We Were Liars E Lockharte

History of Wild Places Shea Ernshaw

2024 Reads

Bee Keeper of Alepo Kristie Lefter

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr

The Woman Who Smashed Codes Jason Fagone

The Mountains Sing Nguyen Phan Que Hai

Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann

Sun Flower and the Secret Fan

The Book of Lost Friends Lisa Wingate

The Girl with the Louding Voice Abi Dare


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