Book club choices 2023

If the book is in bold font, I have read it, if it is underlined, I have reviewed it.

Our own book club

Jan 2023 – The Past by Tessa HadleyFebJoan by Kathryn J ChenApril – The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
DecShould we stay or Should we Go by Lionel ShriverFeb 2022 – Sugar by Bernice L McFadden AprilA Long Petal of the Sea by Isabelle Allende
May The Stone Diaries by Carol ShieldsJuneLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusAugust These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
SeptThe Country Girls by Edna O’BrienOctSmall Pleasures by Clare ChambersNov The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

My Second book club

March 2023Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo MbueApril – Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Audacious Book Club

Jan 2023The Age of Vice by Deepti KapoorFeb – The Survivalists by Kashana CauleyMarch – Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H
April – Poverty, by America by Matthew DesmondMay – Chain Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-BrenyahJune – Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
July – Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith and Migration by Alejandra OlivaAug – The Militia House by John MilasSept –

Barak Obama’s reading lists

Summer 2021Matrix by Lauren Groff, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton, The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, These Precious Days by Ann Patchett, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, The Love Songs of W E B du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Beautiful Country by Qian Julie WangSummer 22 Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein, The Candy House by Jennifer Egan, A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib, Silverview by John Le Carre, Black Cake by Charmaine Wilson, The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, Razorblade Tears by S A CosbySummer 23 –

Barnes and Noble Monthly Pick

Jan 2023 – Road of Bones by Christopher Golden, The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, Ms Demeanor by Elinor Lipman, How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, Feb – And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling, Thread Needle by Cari Thomas, The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel, The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman, March – The Theory of Not Quite Everything by Kara Gnodde, Iron Wiodow by Zhao, Written in Bone by Sue Black
Jan – Cry Wolf by Hans Rosenfeldt, Yellow Wife by Sadega Johnson, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda LoFeb – Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson, The Address Book by Deidre MaskMar – Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr, Madhouse at the end of Earth by Julian Sancton
AprilThe Wolf Den by Elodie Harper, Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek myths by Natalie HaynesMay – The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood, Sleepless by Romy Hausmann, We Came, We Saw, We Left by Charles WheelanJune – Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith, The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, Elektra by Jennifer Saint, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett,
July – Dark Things I Adore by Kate Ledari, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Cordova, The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston, Sleeper Agent by Ann HagerdonAugust – 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard, All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody, This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan, A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-KiaSept – Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen, The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens, Cackle by Rachel Harrison, The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman, The Princess Spy by Larry Loftis
Oct – These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham, One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig, Music is History by Questlove, Dave Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti, The Night Ship by Jess KiddNov – The Appeal by Janice Hallett, A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross, The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey by Serena Burdick, All About Me by Mel Brooks, Dec – The Testaments by Margaret Attwood, Nickel Boys by Colson Whithead, All Adults Here by Emma Straub, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner, A Good Neighbourhood by Therese Anne Fowler, Inland by Tea Obreht

Between The Covers

Series 4 – People Person, by Candice Carty-Williams, Two Storm Wood, by Philip Gray
Lessons In Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus, Love Marriage, by Monica Ali
Metronome, by Tom Watson
Exactly What You Mean, by Ben Hinshaw, The Dictator’s Wife, by Freya Berry, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, Arrow Of God by Chinua Achebe, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Secret River by Kate Grenville, The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo, The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa
Series 5 – The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers, Sometimes People Die, by Simon Stephenson, The Second Sight Of Zachary Cloudesley, by Sean Lusk, The Night Ship, by Jess Kidd
Take My Hand, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, The Dance Tree, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, Snap, by Belinda Bauer
The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
The Remains Of The Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively, Us, by David Nicholls
Series 6 – In The Blink Of An Eye, by Jo Callaghan, The Space Between Us, by Doug Johnstone, Weyward, by Emilia Hart, Strange Sally Diamond, by Liz Nugent, Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein , Old God’s Time, by Sebastian Barry, Burial Rights, by Hannah Kent
Lullaby, by Leïla Slimani, Death And The Penguin, by Andrey Kurkov
The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson
I’m Not Scared, by Niccolò Ammaniti
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell

Book of the Month Book Club

Jan 2023 Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor, Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen, What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall, Queen of Thieves by Beezy Marsh, Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo, The Reunion by Kayla Olsen, Independence by CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNIFeb – Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes, River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer, Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn, The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz, Maame by Jessica GeorgeMarch – The London Seance Society by Sarah Penner, Weyward by Emilia Hart, The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth, The Last Russian Doll by Kristen Loesch, Rootless by Krystle Zara Appiah, The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty, Lone Women by Victor Lavalle
April – May – Breath Less by Amy McCulloch, Yerba Buena by Nina Lacour, The Hacienda by Isabel Canas, Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins Valdez, Part of Your World by Abby Jiminez, Darling Girl by Liz MichalskiJune – The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, Things we Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier, The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn, The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark, Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
July – First Born by Will Dean, Upgrade by Blake Crouch, The Bodyguard by Katherine Center, You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinAugust – Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter, Small Angels by Lauren Owen, Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen, Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney, When we were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie FordSept – Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen, Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn, The Attic Child by Lola Jaye, The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
Oct – Sign Here by Claudia Lux, Thistlefoot by Gennarose Nethercott, The Family Game by Catherine Steadman, Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese, Fould Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong, Jacqueline in Paris by Ann Mah, As Long as Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa KatouhNov – We Are the Light by Matthew Quick, The Wilder Women by Ruth Emmie Lang, The Last Party by Clare MackIntosh, White Horse by Rrica T Wurth, Someday, Maybe by Onyi NwabineliDec –  Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun · Babel by R.F. Kuang · All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham The Circus Train by Amita Parikh.

Belletrist Book Club

Jan 2023 – This Could be Different by Sarah Thankam MathewsFeb – Brutes by Dizz TateMarch
Jan – Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen HoFeb – When we Lost Our Heads by Heather O’NeillMar – In the Shadow of the Mountain by Sylvia Vasquez-Lavado
April – Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. MorrowMayLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusJune – How to be Eaten by Maria Adelman
July –Aug Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinSept – If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
Oct – Motherthing by Ainslie HogarthNov – Fledgling by Octavia E ButlerDec – They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howry

Gloucester Book Club

Jan 2023Feb – The Sanatorium by Sarah PearseMarch – Stoner by John Williams
SeptVioleta by Isabel AllendeOct – Nov – A Terrible Kindness by Joe Browning Wroe
Dec – Winter Ghosts by Kate Moss

Good Housekeeping Book Club

Jan 2023 – The Bandit Queens by Parini ShroffFeb – Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo MoyesMarch – A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness by Jai Charabarti

Good Morning America Book Club

Jan 2023 The Age of Vice by Deepti KapoorFeb – River Sing Me Home by Eleanor ShearerMarch – Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
Jan – A Little Closer to HomeFeb – The Violin Conspiracy by Brendon SlocumbMarch – The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
AprilLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusMay – The Change by Kirsten MillerJune – More Than You Will Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez
July – The Dead Romantics by Ashley PostonAug – Mika in Real Life by Emiko JeanSept – The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
OctMad Honey by Jodie PicoultNov – Someday, Maybe by Onyi NwabineliDec – The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Goodreads Choice Awards book club

Jan 2023 Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, Atlas of the Heart by Brene BrownFeb – Lore Olympus Vol II, The Maid by Nita Prose, I’m Glad My Mum Died by Jenette McCurdyMarchCarrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
Jan – Beautiful World, Where are You by Sally RooneyFebLore Olympus Vol. 1 by Rachel SmytheMarCrying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
April – The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Hill we Climb by Amanda GormanMay – Rock, Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J MaasJune – The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
July – Project Hail Mary by Andy WeirAug –Sept – The Last Thing he Told me by Laura Dave
OctNov – You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism
by Amber Ruffin,
 Lacey Lamar, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Dec – Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

Indie Book of the Month

Jan 2023 – The Things That we Lost by Jyoti PatelFeb – The Mountain in the Sea by Ray NaylorMarch – The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Jan – Little Wing by Freya NorthFebBlack Cake by Charmaine WilkersonMar – Sell us the Rope by Stephen May
April – The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina AhmadMay – Black Butterflies by Priscilla MorrisJune – Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi
July – The Yellow Kitchen by Margaux VialleronAug – The Mermaid’s Tale by Lei Wei-JingSept –
Oct – Euphoria by Elin Cullhed, translated by Jennifer HayashidaNov – Limberlost by Robbie ArnottDec – The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedic

Inspire Online Book Club

Jan 2023 – The Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroFebTo Paradise by Hanya YanagiharaMarch – Breakfast with Einstein by Chad Orzel
Jan – Diary of a SomebodyFeb – The WonderMar – The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
April – Summerwater by Sarah MossMay Of Women and Salt by Gabriela GarciaJune –  Lampedusa by Steven Prince
July – Songbirds by Christy LefteriAug – Annie Stanley All at Sea by Sue TeddernSept – The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
OctThe Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth OzekiNov – The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonDec – The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes.

Jenna Bush Hager’s Book Club on Today America

Jan 2023 – Sam by Allegra GoodmanFeb – Maame by Jessica GeorgeMarch – Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown
JanThe School for Good Mothers by Jessamine ChanFebBlack Cake by Charmaine WilkersonMar – Groundskeeping by Lee Cole
AprilMemphis by Tara M. StringfellowMay – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van PeltJune – The Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany
July – The Measure by Nikki ErlickAug – The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie FordSept – Solito by Javier Zamora
OctThe Whalebone Theatre by Joanna QuinnNov – The Cloisters by Katy HaysDec – The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Libby Online global ebook Book Club

AprilMusic is History by QuestloveJuly – The Girl in his Shadow by Audrey BlakeNov – A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

LoveReading Book Club

Jan 2023 – Flight by Lynn Steger StrongFeb – The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca PitzornoMarch – How to Kill Men and Get Away with It by Katy Bent
JanFebThe Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee, Razorblade Tears by S.A. CosbyMar Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
April – When we Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd BanwoMayLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusJune – Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
July – The Attic Child by Lola JayAug – The Frequency of Us by Keith StuartSept Trust by Hernan Diaz
Oct – Ted’s Cafe by Roger SandersNov – The Fish by Joanne StubbsDec – Can I Stray by Jenna Adams

London Review Bookshop – Author of the month

Jan 2023 – Katherine MansfieldFeb – Irmgard KeunMarch – Claudia Rankine
Jan – JL CarrFeb – Toni MorrisonMarch – Rachel Kushner
May – Sarah MossJune – Barbara PymJuly – Jamaica Kincaid
August – Beryl BainbridgeSept – Oct – Gordon Burn
Nov – Colm Toibin

Natalie Portman’s Book Club

Jan 2023An Immense World by Ed YongFeb – MarchCrying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Jan 2022FebMarch – The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg
April – What Are You Going Through by Sigrid NunezMay – Poet Warrior by Joy HarjoJune – Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker
July – A Sister’s Story by Donnatella Di PietrantonioAug – The Family Roe by Joshua PragerSept – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Oct – Fruiting Bodies by Kathryn HarlanNov – Simple Passion by Annie ErnauxDec – Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Oprah Winfrey

Feb 2023 Bitter Sweet by Susan CainMarch – Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
Jan –FebBewilderment by Richard Powers, Mar
April – The Way of Integrity by Martha BeckMay – Finding Me by Viola DaviesJune
July – Nightcrawling by Leila MotleyAug –Sept – That Bird has My Wings by Jarvis Jay Masters
Oct – NovDemon Copperhead by Barbara KingsolverDec –

Subtle Asian Book Club

Jan 2023 – Last Night at the Telegraph Club byFebAge of Vice by Deepti KapoorMarch – Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga

Rebel Book Club (Non-fiction)

Jan 2023 – Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver BurkemanFebWe Are BellingcatMarch – Let’s Talk: How to Have Better Conversations’ by Nihal Arthanayake.
April – Free by Lea Ypi
Jan 2022 – Black Spartacus by Sudhir HazareesinghFebSolve for Happy by Mo GawdatMar – Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano
April – Get Rich or Lie Trying by Symeon BrownMay – The Lonely Century by Noreena HertzJune – The Transgender Issue: An argument for justice by Shon Faye
JulyEmpire of Pain by Patrick Radden KeefeAug – Super Senses by Emma YoungSept – All We Can Save Ed by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson
Oct – Breath by James NestorNov – The Future of Humanity by Michio KakuDec –

Richard and Judy Book Club

Spring 2023 – The Match by Harlan Coben, A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Roe, The Favour by Nora Murphy, The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, Twelve Secrets by Robert Gould, The French House by Jacqui Bloese
Spring 22 – The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewel, False Witness by Karin Slaughter, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margo by Marianne Cronin, The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave and The Search by Tana French
Summer 22Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins-Reid, Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena, The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans, The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley-Heller, Out of Her Depth by Lizzy Barber and Tell Me Your Lies by Kate Barber
Autumn 2022 – Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty, A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins, Never by Ken Follett, One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke, Lily by Rose Tremain, How To Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott.
Winter 2022 – Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay, One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner, Little Wing by Freya North, The Herd by Emily Edwards, Payday by Celia Walden, The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas

Waterstones Book of the Month fiction, non-fiction and crime/thriller

Jan 2023 – Godmersham Park by Jill Hornby, Notes on an Execution by Danya Kufafka, Stolen Focus by Johann Hari, The Homes by J. B. Mylet, A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Roe, The Raptures by Jan CarsonFeb – Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors, Overlands March – A Fortunate Woman by Polly Morland, Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
JanFebOpen Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson, Mad House at the end of the Earth by Julian Sancton and Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan
MarchStill Life by Sarah Winman, Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner,
April– Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor, Spring Can Not be Cancelled by Martin Gayford & David Hockney, How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina, MaySorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain by Amy Jeffs, The Khan by Saima Mir, The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block, The Dark Tide by Simon McCleave, The Echo Chamber by John BoyneJuneGreat Circle by Maggie Shipstead, Free by Yea Lpi, The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, The Dark Remains by McIlvanney and Rankin, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohammed,
JulyMatrix by Lauren Groff, Light Seekers by Femi Kayoda, The Devil You Know by Dr Gwen Adshead and Eileen HorneAugust A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle, Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson , Heatwave by Victor Jestin, News of the Dead by james Robertson, Sept The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty, Taste by Stanley Tucci, A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
OctThe Christie Affair by Nina di Gramont, The Ruin of all Witches by Malcolm Gaskill, Bewilderment by Richard PowersNov – Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, What Writers Read by Pandora Sykes, Breathless by Amy McCulloch, A Woman Made of Snow by Elizabeth Gifford,

Reese Book Club

Jan 2023 – The House in the Pines by Ana ReyesFeb – The House of Eve by Sadequa Johnson March – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
MarchThe Christie Affair by Nina de GramontApril – True Biz by Sara NovicMayThe Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
June – Counterfeit by Kirsten ChenJuly – Honey and Spice by Bolu BabalolaAugust – Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAlister
Sept – On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson SextonOct Our Missing Hearts by Celeste NgNov – Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook Club

Jan 2023 – The Italian Pantry by Theo RandallFeb – HopperMarch – Gennaro’s Cucina
Jan -Mississippi Vegan by Timothy PakronFeb – Sambal Shiok by Mandy YinMarch – Thali by
Maunika Gowardhan
April – Nistisima by Georgina HaydenMay – All Day Baking: Savoury not Sweet by Michael James and Pippa JamesJune – Cuidad do Mexico by Edson Diaz Fuentes
July – Dominique’s Kitchen by Dominique WoolfAug – Home Food by Olia HerculesSept – Big Has Home by Hasan Semay
Oct – In Bibis Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia TurshenNov – One by Jamie Oliver