How We Improved our Book List

Why are we reading this book? Who suggested it? Do you ever get those questions in your book group? We didn’t get them often, but they did come up.

My friend Cathy started our book group about 14 years ago. It started as a social group for working moms at our church. The intention was to discuss good books, have some wine and catch up with friends. In the beginning, we would pick books at a meeting. Whoever could be there would suggest some books, then we would pick a few books for the upcoming months. With everyone’s schedule, it was difficult for some to make the meetings. As time went on, there were questions about the books and who was picking them.

In 2013, we decided to use a survey. The members nominated books and I created the online survey. The first time, I used an average rating for the survey. We quickly learned that it was hard to different between 20 books with the average rating. We didn’t get enough statistical spread. The next time, I used the ranking feature which means they have to rank ALL the books. This year, we had 28 books to rank. Not everyone likes the method because it is time consuming and it requires taking a look at all the books. The upside is the quality of books have improved and everyone can give their opinion. We keep it anonymous until books are finalized. We now pick books once a year and our group keeps growing and growing.

The question I get these days is what are you reading in your book club? Can I have the list?

Current book list for 2020-21

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

Happy reading!



7 thoughts on “How We Improved our Book List

  1. Thanks so much Sarah for sharing your list. I really enjoyed The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Such a dysfunctional family though. That book deserves another read, but this time I will get the audiobook because apparently Tom Hanks is a fantastic narrator. Adding Where the Crawdads Sing on my To-Read list.


      1. My pleasure Sarah! Know that I’ve not been blogging since December 2019 and I’m not ready to start again yet. At the moment, Instagram is enough. Never thought I would write such a line! Honestly, I came to visit you and show my support but I have found your blog very interesting. You got me reading all of your posts. Good job. Of course, you got my follow. xoxo

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