The Life of Bon: Bon's Book Club 2016: Let's Vote!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Bon's Book Club 2016: Let's Vote!

This post has been a long time coming, but here it is!  Let's finally vote on our 2016 book club selections, shall we?

Just to remind you all that January's selection has already been chosen... we are reading These is My Words by Nancy Turner and we will discuss that here on the blog on January 28.  I cannot wait.  If you haven't started reading yet, there is still time!  You will love this book, I promise!

That leaves us with February through November to choose books for.  Ten books!  (No December book because that month is just way too much of a struggle.)

You guys nominated your favorite books in this post so it's time to vote!  Here's a little bit of info about each book so that you can decide if you want to read it or not.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman  In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.  A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. (Review from goodreads)

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
No summary on Goodreads.  Is said to be similar to A Man Called Ove.  Can anyone else offer info on this one in the comments?

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
I can't find a short summary, but it sounds like it's basically about two people who get stuck in the mountains and how they find their way out + also maybe fall in love.  I know I'm really selling these, right?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. (Full summary on goodreads)

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
There's no question this was the year's best book about media and culture- maybe even the best of the decade. Not only is it provocative and insightful, but the idea—interviewing and focusing on people who have screwed up and found themselves in the midst of massive online controversies—is one I am genuinely jealous of. Ronson proceeds to write about it with such sensitivity, empathy, humor and insight that I was blown away. (Full review here: 

The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Even if you’ve never watched a down of football, you’ll get something out of this book. Walsh took the 49ers from the worst team in football to the Super Bowl in less than 3 years. How? Not with a grand vision or pure ambition, but with what he called Standards of Performance. That is: How to practice. How to dress. How to hold the ball. Where to be on a play down the very inch. Which skills mattered for each position. How much effort to give. And by upholding these standards—whatever they happen to be for your chosen craft—success will take care of itself. (Full review here: 

Tiny Beautiful Things:  Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed  Cheryl Strayed, also the author of Wild, was the anonymous columnist behind Dear Sugar until the publication of this book and boy are we lucky she was. This is not a random smattering of advice. This book contains some of the most cogent insights on life, pain, loss, love, success, youth that I have ever seen. (Full review here:

Other possibilities but I'm too lazy too look up more info:
Between parent and child- parenting book that was highly recommend to me.
Quiet- nonfiction book about introverts
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Anything by Anne Lamott
All the Stars in the Heaven (Clark Gable, Loretta Young romance)
Major Pettigrew's last stand- recommended by a friend

Um... update to this post.  I wrote this part of the post last night and then spent another hour finishing the post today.  Somehow everything new that I wrote today didn't save because new computer + inept user.  It's after midnight and today was the last day of second quarter and I DEFINITELY don't have the energy or heart to rewrite everything that got erased.  SO... here's the poll.  I encourage you to look up the books that I didn't talk about in this post that are interesting to you... so many great suggestions to choose from.  You can vote for any book that you would want to read in 2016- there is no limit.  We will for sure read the top 6 voted and then I may hand select a few... I want to make sure we have a good mix of fiction/nonfiction, themes, time periods, etc.  

GOODNIGHT.  And sorry I don't have all the info about all the books.  One of those days!


What books would you like to read for 2016 Bon's Book Club?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
The Martian by Andy Weir
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Between parent and child
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Small Victories by Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
All the Stars in the Heaven
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Devil in the White City
Edenbrooke by Juliane Donaldson
The autobiography of Malcolm X
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