Dedicated to Book Clubs

Discovering National Reading Group Month was October hasn’t kept me from ordering some off their list of  favorite books for book clubs in November.  With their mission to encourage groups to read and discuss books, the Women’s National Book Association has conveniently listed books for “Great Group Reads.”  You can find the complete list with links to book reviews and summaries – here:

cover-pachinko   I’ve ordered Pachinko

“When Sunja, the unmarried, pregnant daughter of a fisherman and an innkeeper agrees to marry a kind but sickly minister heading from Korea to Japan instead of becoming the mistress of the wealthy married man whose child she carries, she chooses a life in exile that will affect her family on through the generations.”

– a finalist for the National Book Award to be announced later in November.

Other National Award Finalists for this year include:

  • Dark at the Crossing by Elliott Ackerman
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Her Body and Other Parts by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Sing, Unburied Sing by Jasmyn Ward


Another List of Winners – National Book Awards

nbf_logoWorking my way through the Man Booker Prize longlist is going well, but several will not be published in the United States until later in the year.

Turning to award winners closer to home, I found the site of winners from the National Book Award with commentary on every winner since 1950 –  a great resource for books I have missed reading and a reminder of some great ones I remember reading.

79 National Book Awards Fiction Winners

And for nonfiction – from one of my favorite bookstores:

National Book Awards for Nonfiction


The longlist of finalists for 2016 will be announced soon in September.

Related Reviews of Former Winners: