Wouldn’t it be a fun job to select books for book groups? Well, I create book lists all the time (personal and work) and just came up with the following list for a potential book group annual reading selection:

  1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  5. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  7. White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
  8. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
  9. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  10. Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
  11. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
  12. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
  13. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
  14. Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
  15. How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table by Russ Parsons
  16. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  17. The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
  18. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
  19. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
  20. Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams

So…. What are you reading? What is your book group reading? Do you have an online book group or a F2F group? Have you checked out any of the latest and greatest summer hits?  Any recommendations? Here’s another year’s worth of reading on NPR’s Summer Books 2009 and Best Fiction for Every Kind of Summer Day and one more to check out:  On the Hunt for Fabulous Fiction.

Whatever you read, enjoy your time thinking, learning, imagining, growing, and reflecting in quiet peace that quality reading time allows. Happy Reading!