Blog Archive for May, 2015

15 May 2015

Reading List 2015-2016
and Summer Suggestions

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2015-01-0817.36.04We have completed our year of classics and found that it was wonderful revisiting many of the novels we read years ago. Our final book, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, was thoroughly enjoyable. We especially appreciated the voice of the novel and how it reflected much of Cather’s own life. If you haven’t read My Antonia, you might consider it for your reading group as well. It is a real treasure, especially its depiction of strong women.

Looking ahead to next year, we have decided to focus on contemporary fiction (published since 2013). Here are our selections and a few more that you might consider for summer reading:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Wisdom of Perversity by Rafael Yglesias
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra
  • How to be Both by Ali Smith
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Whites by Richard Price
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • The Discrete Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa

A few for summer reading include:

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Although it doesn’t fall into the contemporary fiction category since 2013, first up on our list is Russell Banks’ Cloudsplitter. It’s been sitting on the bookshelf for far too long and has now made it to the top of the list. We will be blogging about it this summer. Happy Reading!