We’re back for another year (our 6th!) of reading recommendations with our super-casual, low-stress reading club. Each month I’ll introduce a new subject, suggest several reading choices and pick a title for myself. At the end of the month I’ll report back with what I read and encourage you to share what you read. And that’s it – no pressure, no being forced to read a book you’re not interested in, no obligation to host a bunch of strangers!
Our theme for 2021 is Read-Alikes! I’ve chosen 12 popular and critically acclaimed authors, one for each month. During that month you can read books by that author (especially if you haven’t yet but have been meaning to) or books by authors with similar writing styles (so if you’ve read everything by the author-of-the-month, this will give you a chance to explore more authors!) Of course, as always, you may do as you please – there are no Library Police! So if you wish to skip a month, or read more than one book in that month or read a book from a different month – go for it! No one will drag you off to Library Jail if you chose your own path!
Here is the schedule of Read-Alikes:
January – Kristin Hannah
February – Neil Gaiman
March – C.J. Box
April – Jojo Moyes
May – Toni Morrison
June – Alice Hoffman
July – Jodi Picoult
August – David Baldacci
September – Ann Patchett
October – Philippa Gregory
November – Chimamanda Adichie
December – Lisa Gardner
OK, let’s get started! January’s author is Kristin Hannah, who writes fiction highlighting strong female characters. She’s written a number of books that have been very popular including The Nightingale and The Great Alone which is quite a range! Here are a few suggestions.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Island House by Nancy Thayer
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
White Houses by Amy Bloom
That’s a great list of both contemporary and historical fiction, all centered on strong women. Clicking on any of the titles will take you to our catalog and a brief description of the book.
Now, what about you? What will you be reading this month?