Friday, October 1, 2010

It's National Reading Group Month!

October is a busy month. It's National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's the lead up to Halloween. And best of all for those of us who are book obsessed, it is National Reading Group month. And that means that the Women's National Book Association has published it's annual list of Great Group Reads. Once again I was lucky enough to be on the panel that selected these wonderful books. They're books to read and discuss with others. They'll make you think and argue and laugh. Hopefully they will inspire great discussions in book groups, in stores, on the bus, and on street corners. I've read them all (duh!) so I have my favorites among them (no one but my mom can get that info from me though, sorry). Now I'm challenging you to read them and let me know what your favorite or favorites are. And I won't even give you a time limit to do it in, especially not the insanely abbreviated time limit in which I had to read them!

Here's the official list of the lucky thirteen in the order they appear on the official page which also has blurbs and links to other resources:

Blame by Michelle Huneven
The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
Room by Emma Donoghue
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson

Now get reading!


  1. Just to let you know - I included your post today in a round-up of NRGM posts. Thanks for supporting it!

  2. Hey, thanks for selecting the books. I haven't met any of the judges so thanks for your hard work! I'm Barbara from Reading Group Choices.


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