The JayCPL Book Group meets monthly for informal discussions of selected books. Volunteer leaders for each session help facilitate discussion, but the group rarely needs extra encouragement to share thoughts on the reading. Members also make selections for the upcoming months. Meetings are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. the third Monday of the month.

The discussion continues at the group’s Facebook page at

Upcoming books and meetings

2021 (No discussions in January or February)

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (March)
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff (April)
Cilka’s Journey, by Heather Morris (May)
How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center (June)
Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate (July)
Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson (August)
Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel (September)
The Mother-in-Law, Sally Hepworth (October)
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, by Marie Benedict (November)
The Lager Queen of Minnesota, by J Ryan Stradal (December)

If you are interested in joining the group, please join us on the 3rd Monday at 7:00pm. Arrangements can be made for you to purchase a copy of the book for each month (paperback when possible), or to add your name to the reserve list for one of the library’s copies. For more information inquire at the circulation desk or contact the library.

Here’s a chronological list of the evening Book Reading Group’s monthly selections since their first meeting in November 1997:


Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Richardson (January)
The Less People Know about Us, by Axton Betz-Hamilton (February)
Paragon Hotel, by Lyndsay Faye (March*)
The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict (May*)
Circe, by Madeline Miller (August)
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng (September)
The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott (October)
News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (November)
The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell (December)
*Discussion canceled due to the COVID-19 Lock-down.


Delicious!, by Ruth Reichl (January)
Crazy Rich Asians,
by Kevin Kwan (February)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (March)
The Woman in the Window, by A J Finn (April)
Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks (May)
The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz (June)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Dias (July)
The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (August)
The Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (September)
Circe, by Madeline Miller (October)
Home for Unwanted Girls, by Joanna Goodman (November)
Educated: a Memoir, by Tara Westover (December)


Running for My Life, by Lopes Lomong
Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
Hidden Figures, by Margot Shetterly
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Truly, Madly, Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart
No One is Coming to Save Us,  by Stephanie Watts
The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
Bear & the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden


The Boys in the Boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati
The Nest, by Cynthia Sweeney
Recipes for Love & Murder, by Sally Andrew
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf


Ragged Company by Jamie Zeppa
The Prophet by Michael Koryta
Shakespeare Saved My Life: 10 Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates
Ashfall by Mike Mullins
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup
Letters from Sky by Jessica Brockmole
White Dresses by Mary Peterson
Staying Put by Scott Russell Sanders


Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
One Summer by Bill Bryson
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Unbroken:  a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown
August:  Osage County by Tracy Letts
The Paris Wife by Paul McLain
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman


In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Home by Toni Morrison
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Jay County Reads! 2013 – any title by Tess Gerritsen
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Death comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton


Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The Territory by Tricia Fields
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Ma Mayhew
The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor


The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, New Foundland by Jim de Fede
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Jansen
Killing Floor by Lee Child
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi
Dewey:  the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron
The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith


Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Shack by William P. Young
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Truck, a Love Story by Michael Perry
A Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Cross Country by James Patterson
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski


Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Death at LaFenice by Donna Leon
Me:  Stories of My Life by Katherine Hepburn
Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
Cancer Vixen:  A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Reading Lolita in Tehran:  a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi
The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning
The Woodsman’s Daughter by Gwyn Rubio-Hyman
This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella
Jay County Reads! Jacquelyn Mitchard – any of Mitchard’s books
Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
The Virginian by Owen Wister
Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
Jay County Reads!  Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J Dubner
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Hot Flash Flash Club Strikes Again by Nancy Thayer


Blood Runs Like a River through My Dreams by Nasdijj
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Leap by Terry Tempest Williams
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:  How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan


A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
The Sparrow by Doria Russell
The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
Our Simple Gifts by Owen Parry


The Black Flower by Barbara H. Bahr
Poetry Out Loud edited by Robert Alden Rubin
with introduction by James Earl Jones
Nickeled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Big Stone Gap by Adrianna Trigiani
Big Cherry Holler by Adrianna Trigiani
Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
House of Windows by Adina Hoffman
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci


Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Personal History by Katharine Graham
A Painted House by John Grisham
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Washington by Meg Greenfield
Beanblossom Dreams by Sallyann Murphey
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham


Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
Julia’s Mother by William Bonadio
Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
The Crystal Frontier by Carlos Fuentes
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Testament by John Grisham
Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb
Shantyboat: a River Way of Life by Harlan Hubbard
Fidelity by Wendell Berry
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Oral History by Lee Smith
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Waist-high in the World by Nancy Mairs
Midwives by Christopher A. Bohjalian
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb
All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

1997 and 1998

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Beantrees by Barbara Kingsolver
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Woman in Amber by Agate Nesaule
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Wait ’til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier