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 Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

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

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

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

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

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

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverni

Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg

Rebecca by Daphne Maurier

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

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

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tezmach Lemmon

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

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

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tezmach Lemmon

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

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

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

Nonfiction: History

Books that help us remember the past.

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

What Would Cleopatra Do? Life Lessons from Fifty of History’s Most Extraordinary Women edited by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates

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 books all under one cover.

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

What Would Cleopatra Do? Life Lessons from Fifty of History’s Most Extraordinary Women edited by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates

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

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

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marissa de los Santos

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

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

My Real Children by Jo Walton

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Peace like a River by Leif Enger

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

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

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

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

Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller

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

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 Speculative Fiction

From science fiction to fantasy, retold fairytales to imagined worlds, these books 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

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahan

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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

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

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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

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

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

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Summerlost by Ally Condie

They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

Where the Crawdads Sing

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

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

 Reimagined Classics

Authors revisit old stories 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

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Romance Novels

Novels that explore the vagaries of love.

 The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

The Buried Giant by Kashugo Ishiguro*

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor

Jane Eyre by Charolotte Bronte

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Persuasion by Jane Austen

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

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

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

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

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’s Studies

Books that explore a variety of women’s lives and 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

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tezmach Lemmon

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

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

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

What Would Cleopatra Do? Life Lessons from Fifty of History’s Most Extraordinary Women edited by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates

 Young Adult Books

Who says these books are only for teenagers?

After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Bog Child by Siobhann Dowd

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

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

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

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

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

Diverse Lives

Books that examine the many different ways people live their lives, including the effects of race, gender, nationality, and sexual identity.

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock Ferrnea

The Help by Katheryn Stocket

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Medicine River by Thomas King

My Dream of Stars by Anousheh Ansari

My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis