Friday Morning Bookclub

The Book List

We have been reading together for over a decade!  Our list grows every month as we gather in our homes, cozy coffee shops, and funky restaurants throughout Baltimore to talk about the Book of the Month.  Check out what we’ve read so far….

  • Drowning Ruth by Christia Schwarz
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
  • The Samurais Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
  • Prodigal  Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • We Are Our Mother’s Daughters by Cokie Roberts
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
  • Bel Canto: A Novel by Ann Patchett
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • One Thousand White Women : The Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus, Dodd
  • Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
  • Blessings by Anna Quindlen
  • Buffalo Soldier by Chris A. Bohjalian
  • Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Three Daughters by Letty Pogrebin
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  • The Last Girls by Lee Smith
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Peace like a River by Leif Enger
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
  • Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
  • Not By The Sword by Kathryn Watterson
  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown ***couples meeting
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
  • Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
  • The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon
  • The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth ***couples meeting
  • The House Of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • By a Spiders Thread by Laura Lippman
  • The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickley
  • Orchard by Larry Watson
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Sarah by Marek Halter
  • The Covenant by Naomi Ragen
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote ***couples meeting
  • Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  • Digging to America by Anne Tyler
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Girls by Lori Lansens- (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ***couples meeting
  • The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Eat Pay and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (3 Omelets)
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult (4 Omelets)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors (4 3/4 Omelets)
  • Secret Girl by Molly Bruce Jacobs (3 Omelets)
  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (3 3/4 omelets)
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado (4 omelets)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid *** couples meeting (3 1/4 Omelets)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (3 Omelets)
  • Not Me by Michael Lavigne (4 Omelets)
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • Identical Strangers by Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Painter from Shanghai byJennifer Cody Epstein (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • The Heretics Daughter by Kathleen Kent (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Testimony by Anita Shreve (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga *** couples meeting (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • Handle With Care by Jodie Picoult (3 Omelets)
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • Homer & Langley by E.L.Doctorow (4 Omelets)
  • Replay by Ken Grimwood (4 Omelets)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (4 3/4 Omelets)
  • Wildflower by Mark Seal ( 3 3/4 Omelets)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (3 1/4 Omelets)
  • The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman (5 Omelets)
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson***couples meeting (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • My Enemy’s Cradle by Sara Young ( 3 3/4 Omelets)
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Thirteenth Tale By Diane Setterfield (4 1/2 Omelets)
  •  Little Bee by Chris Cleave (4 Omelets)
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • The Red Thread by Ann Hood (3 1/2 Omelets)
  •  Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • Finny by Justin Kramon (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger ( 2 1/2 Omelets)
  • The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp (4 Omelets)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand- *** couples meeting (3 Omelets)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei ( 3 1/4 Omelets)
  • Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris ( 3.45 Omelets)
  • Hush by Eshes Chayil (3.65 Omelets)
  • The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman ( 2.63Omelets)
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah (3 Omelets)
  • The Marriage Plot By Jeffrey Eugenides (1.75 Omelets)
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (3.69 Omelets)
  • In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson *** couples meeting (3.16 Omelets)
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay (4.25 Omelets)
  • The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (4.66 Omelets)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (3.52 Omelets)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (3.88 Omelets)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4.06  Omelets)
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (4.13 Omelets)
  • And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (2.91 Omelets)
  • Faith by Jennifer Haigh (3.7 Omelets)
  • Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson (3.9 Omelets)
  • Home Front by Kristin Hannah (3.66 Omelets)
  • American Dervish by Ayad Aktar (4.2 Omelets)
  • Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green (3.5 Omelets)
  • The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick *** couples meeting  (3.7 Omelets)
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch (3 Omelets)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.7 Omelets)
  • The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (3.5 Omelets)
  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (3.86 Omelets)
  • The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley (3.73 Omelets)
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (4.12 Omelets)
  • The Preservationist by Justin Kramon (4.31 Omelets)
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (4.06 Omelets)
  • The Devil in the White City *** couples meeting (3.9 Omelets) 
  • The Elephant Whisperer By Lawrence Anthony (4.3 Omelets)
  • Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (4.21 Omelets)
  • A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss *****couples meeting
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner (3.92 Omelets)
  • Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
  • The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey
  • The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
  • The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
  • Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson
  • The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker *****couples meeting
  • Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (3.92  Omelets)
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris ****couples meeting
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill
  • This Is How It Always Is by Lauren Frankel
  • The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
  • The Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • Red Notice by Bill Browder *****couples’s meeting
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Eleanor Olephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
  • Bloodsworth; The True Story of the first Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA evidence by Tim Junkin
  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  • Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann*********couple’s meeting
  • Daughters of Molokai by Alan Brennert
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Golden Child by Claire Adam
  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Hillbilly Elergy by J.D Vance
  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
  • The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
  • Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson *****evening meeting
  • We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
  • Exiles by Christina Baker
  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Plot byJean Korelitz
  • To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
  • Mary Jane By Jessica Blau
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Lincohn Highway by Amor Towles
  • Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • The Houseon Endless Waters by Emuna Elon
  • The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore ******evening meeting
  • The Personal Librarian byHeather Terrell
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • The Maid by Nita Prose
  • The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn





  1. I heard about the Friday Morning Book Club from my daughter, Amanda, Scott’s friend. I am a book lover and will follow your blog, which is wonderful. Have you read The Help? I think it would be an excellent choice for your book club. A good follow-up book to The Help would be The Space between Us. Both books speak of class oppression. Both are riveting stories.

    Comment by Lois Rothberg — August 18, 2009 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

    • I am so glad that you checked out our blog. Thank you for the recommendations! The Help is definitely on our list! I enjoyed seeing Amanda. She is a lovely young lady!

      Comment by susanbright — August 19, 2009 @ 9:31 am | Reply

  2. Has anyone read (Esther) Cutting for Stone, someone just finished reading it and loved it.

    Comment by Audrey — August 22, 2009 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  3. Susan – This is a great web site and I have 2 books for ya……..’The Birth of Venus’ by Sarah Dunant and ‘In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel’ by Sarah Dunant. Don’t bother with her other books but these two are fabulous, especially for women……and women who love art. I’ll pass this along to my friends who still do ‘book club’ which used to be ‘Girls Night Out’ and has since digressed into more eating and drinking than reading……chuckle.

    Comment by Nancy Delcher — August 24, 2009 @ 9:58 am | Reply

    • Thanks Nancy. I have been wanting to read The Birth of Venus. I will look up the other! Thanks for the suggestions!

      Comment by susanbright — August 24, 2009 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  4. Just got back from Arizona. Within one week three friends told me to read Still Alice. The last time this happened to me the book was One thousand white woman. Loved that book- what do you think? Has anyone read or heard of Still Alice? Let me know.

    P.S. Please try to solve the Crossword Puzzle– it’s good brain stimulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Audrey — August 27, 2009 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  5. Another book club suggestion, Annie’s Ghosts. Please blog some feedback.

    Comment by Audrey — August 29, 2009 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  6. Has anyone read The Color of Water?

    Comment by Audrey — August 30, 2009 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

    • I read The Color of Water many years ago.Although I do not remember a lot about it I do remember that it was about a man with a white Jewish mother and black father. I remember that it was a very good read.

      Comment by susanbright — August 30, 2009 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  7. I know you do a couples book, I would suggest The Monster of Florence, a true story of a journalist who follows a serial killer in Italy. great book, quick read
    Also just finished The Wolf at the Table, Augustine Burroughs and loved it

    Comment by MARNA DAHAN — October 6, 2009 @ 12:21 am | Reply

    • I just read the reviews on both The Monsters of Florence and The Wolf at the Table. What CHILLING stories! Thank you for your suggestions. Both are books I had never heard of.

      Comment by susanbright — October 6, 2009 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  8. Susan, have you ever read The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes? It is a wonderful story about mother-daughter relationships and personal values. I’d love to know what you think of the story if you have a chance to read it.

    Comment by Lois Rothberg — October 6, 2009 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

    • I have not read The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes, but it looks really good. I would like to read it! Maybe some of our other readers have read it and can tell you what they thought of it. Do you think it would be a good book club book?

      Comment by susanbright — October 6, 2009 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

      • I do think your readers would like discussing the motivation and choices of the characters in The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes. Although the author has a simplistic style, there is a lot of meat to discuss. Of the 4 people I know who read this book, they all said that it was one of their favorites. Let me know your thoughts after you read it.

        Comment by Lois Rothberg — October 7, 2009 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  9. I read The Secret Life of CeCe Wilkes and enjoyed it very much. I agree that the author has a simplistic style, but it makes for an easy read – the plot is very interesting, and keeps you turning the pages – you definitely want to find out what happens! It’s a good book for the beach or an airplane. Or just a rainy evening 🙂

    Comment by Esther Jacobson — October 12, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

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    Pingback by More Trivia « Friday Morning Bookclub — October 26, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  11. Has anyone read The Linnet Bird? Another Book Club loved it, and said we should read it!!!

    Comment by Audrey — November 11, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  12. The Linnet Bird has been recommended to me several times as well. I’ve never read it, but would like to.

    Comment by nuwest222 — November 12, 2009 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  13. Ok Audrey has encouraged me to go on the website so here I am! I just wanted you all to read the Space Between Us By Thrity Umbiger…it was such a great book that I did not want to finish! We are reading Infidel in our AZ Book Club so will keep you posted how that one is. I did hear that No Room For Doubt (don’t know author) was excellent. Just a sideline 72 and sunshine today in AZ so enjoy the snow!! Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Singer — February 5, 2010 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

    • We are so glad to hear from you! Thanks for the suggestions!

      Comment by susanbright — February 5, 2010 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  14. Hi Nancy! So good to hear from you! I have always loved your book selections (your movies not so much – remember when you told me to see The Magdalen Sisters?) so I will be sure to check those books out! Glad you’re enjoying the warm weather and sunshine….we’re bracing for a blizzard. Keep checking our blog, and keep recommending books!

    Comment by Esther — February 5, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  15. Hi – great web site – I love to find book club blogs & sites. We have been meeting for 10yrs in Sept. Do read Cutting for Stone, wonderful. Also I don’t see “Same Kind of Different as Me” on your list – it’s great and inspiring. If your group is into fun try a play. We read Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, then drew characters names and acted out scenes! Other favorites “These is My Words” and “The Good Earth”. Do you ever do themes for a year, or anything else different? I will sign up to receive your updates. Thanks!

    Comment by Gayle — August 16, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  16. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m
    not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

    Comment by Deanna — March 12, 2013 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • Hi Deanna! Don’t you hate when that kind of thing happens. I hope you will try again soon. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

      Comment by Susanbright — March 13, 2013 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  17. Hi Susan
    Does your book club ever read really long books? We were thinking about The Goldfinch but afraid it is too long to read in a month.We have a hard time with everyones busy schedules to reading books over 400 pages. Cathy J.

    Comment by Cathy Junkin — April 18, 2014 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • Hi Cathy!Length is definitely something we take into account. While we have read some very long books over the years we try to avoid reading too many.It is hard enough for some of our members to read a 400 page book.I understand that Goldfinch is a wonderful book. We often end up cancelling out August meeting because of vacation schedules and think that would be a perfect time to read a long book. It would give everyone 2 months to finish. What have your book clubs been reading?Any recommendations?

      Comment by susanbright — April 18, 2014 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  18. I write short books, if length is a factor. Please feel free to review my titles page from my website and let me know if/how many copies your club would like. I would be thrilled to supply you.

    Comment by Java Davis, author — April 15, 2015 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

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