WNBA National Reading Group Month

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October Is
National Reading Group Month!

Celebrating 10 years in 2017!

Please visit the National Reading Group Month website for lots more details and useful information, too. 

And be sure to join us at WNBA Charlotte and celebrate with us at our annual Bibliofeast Book & Author Dinner! This year it’s on Monday, October 16. Details will be available soon.

For information about our 2017 Bibliofeast and authors, click here.

National Reading Group Month fosters partnerships between WNBA, our chapters and independent bookstores around the country. More information about opportunities for indie booksellers is available in our current NRGM brochure. 

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Here’s the brand new 2017 GREAT GROUP READS list of recommended books!  (Coming soon!)

Check out this outstanding list of recommended books for book clubs and reading groups — see below.  Several of our WNBA Charlotte members are on the selection committee each year, and they can tell you how good these books are, too.  Also note that we have a WNBA Charlotte BOOK CLUB, which reads a number of our Great Group Reads books each year. For more info, go to our Book Club page.

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2017 Great Group Reads

Coming soon!

National Reading Group Month
2016 Great Group Reads

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Charmed Particles by Chrissy Kolaya
The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary by Atef Abu Saif
A Hard and Heavy Thing by Matthew J. Hefti
Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
The Honeymoon by Dinitia Smith
The Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan
Miss Jane by Brad Watson
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
This Side of Providence by Rachel M. Harper
300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas


National Reading Group Month
2015 Great Group Reads

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Henna House by Nomi Eve
Landfall by Ellen Urbani
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet
Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Manby Thomas Page Mcbee
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman
Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
A Perfect Crime by A Yi
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim
The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora


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2014 Great Group Reads

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Cataract City by Craig Davidson
Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
The Commandant of Lubizec by Patrick Hicks
Euphoria by Lily King
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Marching to Zion by Mary Glickman
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
Where Somebody Waits by Margaret Kaufman
The World of Rae English by Lucy Rosenthal

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2013 Great Group Reads

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
David by Ray Robertson
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Margot by Jillian Cantor
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice L. McFadden
The One-Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Schroder by Amity Gaige
Sparta by Roxana Robinson
Wash by Margaret Wrinkle
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers


National Reading Group Month

The Absolutist by John Boyne
An Age of Madness by David Maine
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan‐Philipp Sendker
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Boleto by Alyson Hagy
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
The O’Briens by Peter Behrens
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeannette Winterson


2014 Official NRGM Sponsors

2014 Silver Level/Premier Sponsors

Hogarth—An imprint of The Crown Publishing Group, Read It Forward—Read it first. Pass it on.

Sourcebooks—An Independent Vision


2014 Friends of National Reading Group Month

American Booksellers Association

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Booklist Reader, Book Group Buzz

Reading Group Choices—Selections for Lively Book Discussions

Reading Group Guides—The Online Community for Reading Groups


WNBA Charlotte has produced a brochure with tips on how to have a good book club or reading group.  AND we have our own lists of recommended books to offer you here. These are the materials from 2011.  We’ll have new 2012 materials for you soon.  However, you can use our information all year round!

Book Club Advice:  Tips and Tricks

Recommended Reading 2011 (PDF)

Recommended Reading 2010 (PDF)

Recommended Reading 2009 (PDF)