2016 Book Club

So it’s that time again!  The time I tell you all about what books I’ve lovingly chosen for us to read as a group!  I know you’re so excited to can hardly stand it.  I am too!  Sure, the past couple years I’ve picked some winners and some losers, but dang it! We read books! We ate nachos together.  Occasionally cocktails were involved!  Hooray for books and hooray for the CCM book club! 

I am really excited about the books I’ve picked out for 2016.  As always, I’ve read some and some I have not.  It’s a mixed bag of fiction and non fiction – but we are definitely fiction heavy this year.  Some books are funny, some books are heavy.  I think we got a little bit of everything in here and I am really excited to talk about them!  SO!! Without further ado, here’s your 2016 Cap City Mom’s Book Club reading list:

January/February: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

yearofyesIn this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.

I’ve read this one and I loved it!  I have seen every episode of GA at least 3 times, and basically feel like me and Shonda are dear friends.  After reading this book, even more so! She would totally be a Cap City Mom!  I can’t wait to chat about this book with all you hard workin’ mama’s! Because Yes is something I know I need to say more of!





March/April: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

kitchensofthegreatmidwest“A sweet and savory treat.” —People

“An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu . . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are.”—The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Pick

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle—not only success, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent meal.”—Jane Smiley, The Guardian

As seen on The Skimm: “Warning: this will make you hungry. . . . You won’t be able to put it down. And it will up your kitchen game.”

This is just one of those books that I’ve been wanting to read and I hate reading a book and not having anyone to talk to about it!  Plus, it’s about food and cooking and I love those things.  Also, I think there is some heartbreak in there, and I’m familiar.  So it should be a delight!!



May/June: Did You Ever Have A Family? by Bill Clegg

didyoueverhaveafamilyNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, MAN BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Amazon • Library Journal • Booklist • NPR • Kirkus Reviews • Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Google Play • Kobo • Literary Hub • Powell’s

Hailed as “masterly” by The New York Times Book Review, “a brilliantly constructed debut set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss” (2015 Man Booker Prize Judges).

You know, when a book is so well liked by so many critics it’s either going to wonderful and life changing (see: The Goldfinch) or the worst damn thing we will read this year (see: The Paying Guests) I CAN HARDLY STAND THE ANTICIPATION!!!!!





July/August: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

furiouslyhappyIn 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.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

What is funnier than mental illness? NOT ONE DAMN THING! And while I’m not an avid reader of blogs I don’t write on, I have seen Jenny speak and she is funny so I have no doubt this book will be hilarious and heart warming and interesting and also, I just like looking at the cover.  That raccoon looks BATSHIT! Which is how I feel about 17% of the time. So. YES!






September/October: Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

missperegrinesA mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

This is another one I’ve already read, but DUDE! I freaking love this series!  It combines so many of my favorite things! Weird kids, photography, people chasing you, someone you love being killed by monsters – it’s a freaking winner!  As a bonus, the movie is set to come out in December 2016 so! fingers crossed, we will actually be making a CCM trip to the movies to see how this awesome book did on its trip to the big screen!!



November/December: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

loveletterstothedeadIt begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira

This is another book I’ve been wanting to read for a while.  I am actually quite excited to talk about it with everyone.  I love me a moody YA novel and I love talking about dead people.  It’s a win for everyone. :)




I hope you loves are excited about our reading list for 2016! I know I am!!  Join us in the Facebook Group to get all the details on when we will be meeting up and discussing our reads!!  Happy reading!!!

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    January 5, 2016 at 6:46 am

    SARAH. YOU LOVED THE GOLDFINCH. OH MY GOD. I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN EVER LOOK AT YOU THE SAME (yes I do, love you, mean it). I’m angry that I will never get that time in my life back. And it was a LONG time, because it took me for freaking EVER to sludge through that thing. But um I kinda also might join the group :)

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      Sarah Maren Whitehead
      January 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Summer… The Goldfinch was AMAZING! I loved reading it so damn much that it hurt. In fact, just the other day I went and read all the parts I highlighted on my Kindle because I just don’t have the time to reread. LOVED IT. I will not hold it against you that you did not love it unabashedly. To each their own. But DUDE! JOIN BOOK CLUB!!! It will be so fun! Added bonus of CCM book club – no obligation to actually READ the book. Ask Jill. She read none of the books last year.

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