2016 Book Club Selections

The Deliberate Reader 2016 Book Club Picks


The Count of Monte CristoJanuary

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas by Alexandre Dumas

Why did I select it? I’ve been wanting to read it for ages. It’s a classic too, and one I feel like I “should” read, plus it’s one that was originally written in a language other than English.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


The Black CountFebruary

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte CristoThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss by Tom Reiss

Why did I select it? I wanted a biography for the year (not just a memoir), and thought this newer title would be interesting as a follow-up to The Count of Monte Cristo, as it looks at Dumas’ father, the apparent inspiration for the character of Edmond Dantes.

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The ChosenMarch

The ChosenThe Chosen by Chaim Potok by Chaim Potok

Why did I select it? It was a selection for my in-person book club before I started attending it, and it’s one that gotten raves from those members who were attending at the time. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss it after hearing how well it worked as a discussion title!

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Station ElevenApril

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel by Emily St. John Mandel

Why did I select it? Fabulous reviews, emphasis of its potential as a discussion springboard, plus a desire to have one science fiction title for the year.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


Empire of the Summer MoonMay

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American HistoryEmpire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne by S. C. Gwynne

Why did I select it? I wanted a really “discussable” history text that wasn’t over 400 pages. This one caught my eye, and I liked how it’s supposed to tell the history of the Comanche people, as well as the story of Quanah Parker. It’s also got excellent ratings on both Amazon and Goodreads.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


Big Little LiesJune

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty by Liane Moriarty

Why did I select it? Wanted something lighter to help balance the year, but one that would still lead to good discussions. Moriarty did an outstanding job at that combo with her book What Alice Forgot, so I’m hoping for the same from this novel. It’s a long one but it should be an easy read.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


Cuckoo's CallingJuly

The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J. K. Rowling by Robert Galbraith

Why did I select it? It’s one I’ve been wanting to read for ages, I wanted a mystery for the year, and if nothing else about the book leads to conversation the fact that the author is actually J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym ought to do it.

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Climbing the Mango TreesAugust

Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in IndiaClimbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey by Madhur Jaffrey

Why did I select it? I wanted a memoir, and one with a non-US focus. Plus I am a complete fan of food memoirs, so any excuse to read another one of those is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


Burial RitesSeptember

Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent by Hannah Kent

Why did I select it? I’ve been eyeing it, and then Audible included it on a list as one of their titles that has near perfect narration ratings. That seemed like an extra bonus to choosing it from my list of possible historical fiction titles. Two additional reasons: Iceland is not my usual sort of setting, and I always love reading fiction that’s been inspired by real events.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


The Legend of Sleepy HollowOctober

The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
by Washington Irving

Why did I select it? I wanted something that gave a bit of a nod to Halloween, but I’m too much of a reading wimp to pick a true horror story. And at just over 100 pages, this helps bring down the average page count for the year.

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And a heads-up: there are several audible versions available. I’ve linked to the cheapest one – it’s under $1, but there are others as well.


David and GoliathNovember

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsDavid and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell by Malcolm Gladwell

Why did I select it? Gladwell’s books are always thought-provoking, and at a busy time of year an easier read seems like a good fit. It also helps balance the year’s reading schedule with a final nonfiction selection.

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The HobbitDecember

The HobbitThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien by J. R. R. Tolkien

Why did I select it? I had to have a fantasy choice fo the year, and this is one that once again, I’ve been meaning to read for years. Literally. I’ve read the books in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but never this one that kind of starts it all. Or so I understand. It also should be fairly easy to read during a busy season.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first. There are also several versions available, including one that is a dramatization.


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Comments

  1. Big Little Lies is one of my favorite reads of 2015. I’ll be happy to read it again for book club! Station Eleven is on my list, so I’m excited for that one too. I’ll probably join in for some of the others too – most of the fiction for sure. We’ll see about the non-fiction. 🙂

  2. I’ve only read the hobbit! Should be a good year!!

  3. I think I might “read along” with you on some of these titles. I’ve read two (The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cuckoo’s Calling) and enjoyed them both!

  4. This looks like a great list! I always need new book ideas, and I’m looking forward to joining in on a lot of these. I’m really interested in “Empire of the Summer Moon” and “Climbing the Mango Trees,” and I’ve been wanting to read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for a long time. This should be fun!

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