This list divides the book group collection into genres. Several titles appear in more than one genre. The titles in the first three genres are each gentle reads.

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Gentle Reads
Books without much sex, swearing, or violence.

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Bellfield Hall, or, the Observations of Miss Dido Kent by Anna Dean
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
Drenched in Light by Lisa Wingate
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus
Good-bye Mr. Chips by James Hinton
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
An Irish County Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Stewart
Light of the Candle by Carol Pratt Bradley
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene
The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Quartered Safe out Here by George MacDonald Fraser
Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd
Summerlost by Ally Condie
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Inspirational Nonfiction
True stories that will help you think about life from different perspectives.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
The Color of Water by James McBride
Confessions of a Molly Mormon: Trading Perfectionism for Peace, Fear for Faith, Judging for Joy by Elona K. Shelley
A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen
My Dream of Stars by Anousheh Ansari
Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Green
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog by Delia Ephron
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman
Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Childhood Classics
Books that never grow old…no matter how old we readers grow!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
The River Between Us by Richard Peck
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Classics
Well-written books that have stood the test of time.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Middlemarch by George Eliot
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfe

Memoir
Interesting people write the stories of their lives.

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Addie by Mary Lee Settle
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
Confessions of a Molly Mormon: Trading Perfectionism for Peace, Fear for Faith, Judging for Joy by Elona K. Shelley
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Stewart
My Dream of Stars by Anousheh Ansari
My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen
Quartered Safe out Here by George MacDonald Fraser
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog by Delia Ephron
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman
Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Nonfiction: History
Books that help us never forget the past.

Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation by Sally M. Walker
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
Quartered Safe out Here by George MacDonald Fraser
The Speckled Monster by Jennifer Lee Carrell
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Nonfiction: Science and Medicine
Fascinating true stories about how the world works.

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
My Dream of Stars by Anousheh Ansari
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Time and Place by Terry Tempest Williams
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
The Speckled Monster by Jennifer Lee Carrell
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

Short Story Collections
A bunch of tiny novels all bound into one book.

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
Women Write: A Mosaic of Women’s Voices edited by Susan Cahill

Historical Fiction
Novels that imagine how life used to be.

After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Butterfly and The Violin by Kristy Cambron
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
Light of the Candle by Carol Pratt Brady
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The River Between Us by Richard Peck
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Someone by Alice McDermott
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
The Summer of My German Soldier by Betty Greene
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Speculative Fiction
Books that ask and answer some startling “what if” questions.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
My Real Children by Jo Walton
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahan
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Global Fiction
Books set all around the world.

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
An Irish County Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Light of the Candle by Carol Pratt Brady
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Contemporary Fiction
Novels set after the 1970s that tell something about how we live now.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
The Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Drenched in Light by Lisa Wingate
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Medicine River by Thomas King
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
My Real Children by Jo Walton
The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Summerlost by Ally Condy
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

Frontier Stories
People living on different types of frontiers bring these books to life.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Stewart
Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman
My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
These is My Words: the Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901 by Nancy E. Turner
True Grit by Charles Portis

Stories of Suspense
Books that lead you through a series of mysteries or surprises.

Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G. K. Chesterton
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
True Grit by Charles Portis
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

Reimagined Classics
Authors revisit old classics with new perspectives.

Bellfield Hall, or, the Observations of Miss Dido Kent by Anna Dean
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
March by Geraldine Brooks
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Epistolary Works
Stories told partly or completely in letters.

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Stewart

Books for Bibliophiles
Books about reading, writing, book stores, book clubs, and everything else that book lovers love.
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters by Robert Pinsky
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman
Women Write: A Mosiac of Women’s Voices edited by Susan Cahill
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Small Town Stories
Fiction set in small towns is an enduring literary motif.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
An Irish County Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
Medicine River by Thomas King
Midwives by Christopher Bohjalion
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Summerlost by Ally Condie
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

Women’s Studies
Books that explore a variety of women’s experiences.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Confessions of a Molly Mormon: Trading Perfectionism for Peace, Fear for Faith, Judging for Joy by Elona K. Shelley
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner
My Real Children by Jo Walton
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams
Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog by Delia Ephron
Someone by Alice McDermott
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Women Write: A Mosaic of Women’s Voices edited by Susan Cahill
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Young Adult Books
Who says these books are only for teenagers?

After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
Bog Child by Siobhann Dowd
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation by Sally M. Walker
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
The Summer of My German Soldier by Betty Greene
Summerlost by Ally Condie
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle