Hello readers!

This is my second year hosting a book club with friends + coworkers and I couldn’t be more excited about 2016 picks. We decided to schedule six books and meet bi-monthly this year because let’s be real–we all have chaotic schedules.

For the last meeting of 2015, we all brought a list of ideas to the table. After a little wine and gossip, we voted on which ones sounded best based on a little preview, and some may have been chosen solely because of the eye-catching cover art.

In order of reading, these are the books for Wine Not Read:

  1. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
    • In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.
    • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  2. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    • Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
    • Genre: History
  3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    • Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed.
    • Genre: Fantasy
  4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
    • Genre: Historical Fiction
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    • The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
    • Genre: Fantasy
  6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
    • Genre: Science Fiction

Comment below if any of these are on your 2016 reading list and stay tuned for reviews after each meeting.

In the meantime, here’s a quick checklist if you’re interested in starting a book club.

  • Let everyone have a voice; no judgements
  • Schedule books out in advance to cater to slow AND fast readers
  • Create a dedicated FB group for discussion and meeting details
  • Include a variety of genres on the list
  • Have fun!

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