National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads Initiative

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National Reading Group Month and Great Group Reads!

Established in 2007, WNBA’s NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH partners chapters and independent bookstores around the country. It was established with a mission to increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading, provide opportunities for individuals to join or start a reading group, and to encourage libraries bookstores and organizations to host special reading group events.

WNBA Chapters kick off the fall with events in their cities that feature best-selling authors and book-club favorites. This includes WNBA Charlotte popular Bibliofeast literary fundraiser. 

GREAT GROUP READS is an annual list of books WNBA recommends for book clubs and reading groups, in the genres of Literary Fiction (novel, novella or short story collections), and Memoir. Titles are selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are certain to open up lively conversations about an array of topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal to major cultural and global issues. Members of GGR Selection Committee are from chapters throughout the country. In reading and reviewing titles, they focus attention on under-represented books from independent presses and lesser-known mid-list releases from larger houses. Annual titles are the basis of the WNBA Charlotte Bookclub elections each year.

LIKE TO READ AND REVIEW? For current members interested in knowing more about Great Group Reads, including being on the committee, contact Kristen Knox, GGR Selection Committee Manager, at


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2018 Selections (list link)

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt
The Lido by Libby Page
Maggie Boylan by Michael Henson
The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene H. Butter with John D. Bidwell and Kris Holloway
Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story by Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis
The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
Wolf Season by Helen Benedict



2017 Selections (list link)

The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
Kinship of Clover by Ellen Metropol
Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love by Marissa Moss
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories by Carys Davies
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
So Much Blue by Percival Everett
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso




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




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



Further lists dating back to 2007 can be found at

Official NRGM Sponsors

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

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)