NSL Reads

North Shelby Reads book club

We are a casual group that likes to get together to talk about books in addition to our discussion about the book of the month.  The books we choose to read are varied in subject matter and emotional depth.  We try to choose books that will incite discussion.  If this sounds like the group for you grab our book of the month and join us.

MEET: Every 3rd Thursday 10:30ish to 12ish

WHERE: Upstairs in the Annex Classroom at North Shelby Library. If you would like to join via Zoom please sign up through the Events calendar to receive your Zoom invitation.

BOOKS: Books are selected at one year in advance. Books are chosen by group members

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS: To have read the book (or at least attempted) and participate in the discussion.  Food items are also a nice treat.

Books We’ve Read:
Check out our bookshelf at GoodReads


2024 Book List

JANUARYA World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

FEBRUARYNews of the World by Paulette Jiles

MARCH:  Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

APRILThe Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

MAY:  The Librarian of Burned Books by Brianna Labuskes

JUNEThe Last Flight by Julie Clark

JULY: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

AUGUST: All the Sinners Bleed by S. A Cosby

SEPTEMBER: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

OCTOBERThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

NOVEMBERTwo Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone

DECEMBERGood night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea


2022 Flyer

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Matrix by Lauren Groff

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Ella MacNeal

Even as We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

The Voyage of the Morning Light by Marina Endicott

Winter Counts by David Heska by Wambli Weiden

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

The Women in Black by Madeline St. John


2021 Flyer

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels by John Meacham

Anxious People by Frederik Backman

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Legend of Colgan Toomey by Dargan Ware

The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Egenia Kim

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Unmarriageable: a novel by Sonia Kamal

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman


2020 Flyer

Beartown by Frederik Backman

The Moment of Lift by Melina Gates

Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Don’t Go There by Adam Fletcher

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Circle of Ceridwen by Octavia Rudolph

The Nature of Life and Death by Patricia Wiltshire

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

The Professor & the Madman by Simon Winchester


2019 Flyer

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Celine: a novel by Peter Heller

The Trespasser by Tana French

Circe by Madeline Miller

Bellevue: three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America’s most storied hospital by David M. Oshinsky

Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover

There, There by Tommy Orange

Unsheltered: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver

Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens

The Black Count: glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

The Last Castle: the epic story of love, loss, and American royalty in the nation’s largest home


2018 Flyer

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Lights Out: a cyberattack, a nation unprepared, the aftermath by Ted Koppel

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge by Ramey Channell


2017 Flyer

The Rainbow Comes and Go by Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Dead Wake by Erik Larsen

Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

El Paso by Winston Groom

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman


2016 Flyer

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White

The Headmaster’s Darling by Katherine Clark

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Damascus Gate by Robert Stone

Elephant Company: the Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke


2015 Flyer

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Kline

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes



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