Laid-Back Book Club

Book_ClubIntroducing the Laid-Back Book Club… everyone is welcome (well, everyone with my address).

Here’s the scoop:

  • Laid-Back Book Club will meet the second Thursday of every month (except as noted)
  • We will start at 7:30 OR 8:00, depending on the time of year.
  • You do not have to come to every meeting, if you don’t want to read the book for the month or were not able to, don’t worry about it and catch up with us next time.
  • If you do come, try to have read at least 75% of the book and don’t get mad when we give away the ending.
  • Everyone bring a question related to the book with them – we will put the questions in a bowl and draw them out to respond to, getting through as many as we are able during our time together. The questions don’t have to be deep, just WHATEVER you want to ask.
  • Bring a bottle of wine, a dessert OR an appetizer… I will provide coffee/tea, water and assorted drinks along with plates/cups/etc… and the venue for our meet-up (along with a small dog who has a tendency to show his affection for new people in embarrassing ways)
  • If you are interested in staying in the loop about the Laid-Back Book Club, send me a message and I’ll add you to a private Facebook group
  • Feel free to have a hard copy of the book, an electronic copy on your Kindle or iPad, or borrow the book from the library and have already returned it, or listen to an audio version – you do not need to have a copy with you for the discussion.
  • I think that covers it… let me know if you have any questions.


  • October 8, 2020 @ 7:30: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (Josie Silver)
  • November 12, 2020 @ 7:30pm: The Stars Are Fire (Anita Shreve)
  • December 10, 2020 @ 7:30pm: Anxious People (Fredrik Backman)

Past books read and discussed:

  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
  • The Ocean at the End of Lane (Neil Gaiman)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple)
  • Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter)
  • Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Gailbraith, a.k.a., J.K. Rowling)
  • Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
  • The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty)
  • Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
  • Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
  • The Interestings (Meg Wolitzer)
  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)
  • The Rules of Inheritance (Claire Bidwell Smith)
  • Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
  • And Life Comes Back (Tricia Lott Williford)
  • The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  • Me Before You (JoJo Moyes)
  • The Circle (Dave Eggers)
  • If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
  • Wonder (RJ Palacio)
  • Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
  • The Vacationers (Emma Straub)
  • All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
  • My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
  • Yes, Please (Amy Poehler)
  • What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)
  • We Were Liars (e. lockhart)
  • Ordinary Grace (William Kent Krueger)
  • Forever, Interrupted (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel (Emma Hooper)
  • After You (Jojo Moyes)
  • The Secret Life of Violet Grant (Beatriz Williams)
  • Love May Fail (Matthew Quick)
  • The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel (Gabrielle Zevin)
  • The Good Neighbor (A.J. Banner)
  • The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
  • Today Will Be Different (Maria Semple)
  • The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton)
  • A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)
  • A Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood (Ruth Ware)
  • The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
  • Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
  • The Beginning of Everything (Robyn Schneider)
  • Paris for One (JoJo Moyes)
  • Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce)
  • The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
  • All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)
  • Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)
  • The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney)
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
  • The Lost Wife (Alyson Richman)
  • Class Mom (Laurie Gelman)
  • The Turner House (Angela Flournoy)
  • Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday (Christine Reilly)
  • The Flood Girls (Richard Fifield)
  • The Identicals (Elin Hilderbrand)
  • Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)
  • Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)
  • Still Me (JoJo Moyes)
  • How to Walk Away (Katherine Center)
  • Ghosted (Rosie Walsh)
  • Five Feet Apart (Rachael Lippincott)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty)
  • Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
  • Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
  • I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around (Ann Garvin)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)
  • Forever is the Worst Long Time (Camille Pagan)
  • Daisy Jones and the Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  • One Day in December (Josie Silver)
  • Things You Save in the Fire (Katherine Center)
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over (Linda Holmes)
  • Giver of Stars (JoJo Moyes)
  • The Most Fun We’ve Ever Had (Claire Lombardo)
  • The Silent Patient (Alex Milchaelides)
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Rachel Joyce)
  • The One (John Marrs)
  • The End of the Affair (Graham Greene

 Disclosure statement: The Laid-Back Book Club is completely self-serving on my part, once a month I get to hang out with people I enjoy, eat good food, drink wine and chat about books that I’ve wanted to read – if you want more control, start your own book club.


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