No, not nominations for the Oscars, the Emmys, the Golden Globes. Not even the CMAs, MTVs, SAGs or any other of the weekly awards the entertainment industry deems necessary to bestow on itself. The nominations I’m listing are far more important and far more intriguing. They’re the nominations for the COFRL—Circle of Friends Reading List.
The September meeting of our club is one of my favorites. At that time, members nominate books they particularly enjoyed or think will make interesting reading and discussion. Then we vote for those that will comprise our reading selections for the next year. Because of time restraints, we went ahead and decided on our first two choices: for October, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen; for November, To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay. Also, for January, we’ll read Winter of the World by Ken Follett. The remaining selections will be determined by votes. In the past, I’ve forwarded this list to several friends who, as I do, appreciate suggestions for good reading material. Now I’m sharing the list with you along with a link to a brief description of each book.
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Countess of Carnarvor
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes
The Litigators by John Grisham
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Sweetness at the Bottom of thePie by Alan Bradley
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
As you can see, our tastes in books are as varied as the dishes we bring to our potluck dinners. And just like our dinners, our list offers--to quote Templeton in Charlotte's Web--a “veritable smorgasbord”of delights. From lighthearted chick lit to inspiring nonfiction to chilling mysteries, there is something to satisfy every literary appetite. And just as I do at our dinners, I’m going to sample everything and devour what I really like.
If you’ve read some of these books, I would love to hear your opinion of them.