Every March my book club submits books we want to read for the next “book club year.” We have two voting rounds. The first voting round narrows our list of 30 or 40 books down to 15-20ish books. In the first round, we each vote for 12 books we want to read. The books with the highest votes, usually with at least three or more votes, goes on to the next round. Then, in April we vote on the remaining books and the 12 books with the highest votes win. During our next book club meeting we assign months to each book, which is from June to May the following year.
Here are the books we picked this year:
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- The Body by Bill Bryson
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
- The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD.
As you can see, I’m very happy with this list. I’m excited to read all but three of our picks. I’ll probably still give them a try, but if I’m not feeling it, I’m not going to force myself to read them. I don’t want to end up in another epic reading slump.
Along with voting for the books we read, I make bookmarks for our members. It’s something I really enjoy doing and everyone seems to enjoy getting. I really love how this year’s bookmark turned out. Now, I just need to figure out how to get them to everybody since we’re doing Zoom book club with the pandemic. Boo, COVID-19!
Have you read any of the books on our list? Which ones do you recommend?