Favorite Book Club Reads

Looking for what to read next? Check out our most popular book club books of the past decade.

This January, we asked the book clubs at our Cold Spring Branch and Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch to name some of their favorite book club books read between 2010-2019. Learn more about each book and place them on hold by clicking on the book titles.

Cold Spring Book Club

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    • An epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II.
  • Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
    • Based on correspondence, entries in Rose Kennedy’s diaries, and family interviews, describes the plight of a woman who was intellectually disabled and kept hidden by her family after she received a lobotomy at age twenty-three.
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
    • Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights.

Cup of Crime Book Club (Cold Spring)

  • Submerged: Ryan Widmer, His Drowned Bride and the Justice System by Janice Hisle
    • A young bride drowns in her bathtub. Her husband of four months is accused of murder. What happened in their tiny suburban bathroom–and why–was never resolved. A gripping true-crime drama, based on exclusive new information, this book exposes hidden angles of a case that divided an ordinary American community, tore apart two families and tested the criminal justice system.
  • Open Season by C.J. Box
    • As Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett races against time to save an endangered species, he finds himself plunged into a deadly mystery that soon threatens his family and the life he loves.
  • Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
    • Virgil Flowers is sent to Bluestem, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, to investigate the murders of a man burned to death in his home and a doctor and his wife, unaware that he is tracking a murderer who may be targeting Virgil as his next victim.

Real Men Read (Cold Spring)

  • Roughing It by Mark Twain
    • Part fact, part fiction, Mark Twain’s Roughing It takes readers on a high-spirited journey from Missouri to Nevada, California to Hawaii. Travel via stagecoach through woods, plains, hills and gorges as Twain spins yarn after yarn on the people he meets, and the towns they explore.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    • The popular Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the adventures of New Orleans’s lower denizens of the French Quarter.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    • A powerful, blazingly honest memoir. The story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

You’ve Been Booked (Cold Spring)

  • Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
    • The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet presents a faithful, new translation of the Anglo Saxon epic chronicling the heroic adventures of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior who saves his people from the ravages of the monster Grendel and Grendel’s mother.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
    • When an alchemical ritual goes awry causing Edward Elric to lose limbs and his brother to become trapped in a suit of armor, Edward begins a quest to recover the one thing that can restore them, the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
    • Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page and learns many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

Brown Bag Book Club (Fort Thomas)

  • The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
    • Making daily visits to the grave of his beloved late wife, Arthur forges unexpected relationships with a nosy neighbor and a troubled teen who dubs him “Truluv” before the trio discovers healing and family together. By the best-selling author of Open House.
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    • In a story based on the Book of Genesis, Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, shares her unique perspective on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, eager to impart the lessons in endurance and humanity she has learned from her father’s wives.
  • Radium Girls by Kate Moore
    • A full-length account of the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to dangerous levels of radium while working factory jobs during World War I describes how they were mislead by their employers and became embroiled in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

Coffee & Conversation (Fort Thomas)

  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
    • An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
    • On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.
  • The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
    • The only survivor of a Polish resistance plot gone wrong, six-year-old Gretl finds refuge with the family of Jakob, one of the resistance fighters, before being resettled in Apartheid-era South Africa, where she confronts its prejudices and hides the truth of her past.

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