book club reads


We are avid readers so naturally our Book Club is among our favorite activities! Despite what our husbands think, book club is not just a giggly girl’s night ensconced in friends, food and wine…we do actually talk about the books we read. From salacious, gossipy novels to serious memoirs, we love them all and here are just a few of our favorites…it was so hard to narrow it down to just eight!


1. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. This thrilling tale of two young women making their way in 1920s New York was one of those novels that kept us up until 2 AM! We liken it to a female version of the Great Gatsby.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Oh, what can we say about Big Little Lies other than it was such fun that we could not put it down! Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. Check out Liane Moriarty’s other books The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot.

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer. A beautifully interwoven tale of a French girl and a German boy during World War II, and how their lives eventually converge in the small French town of Saint Malo towards the end of the war. Admist the hate and destruction of World War II, Doeer brings to light the ways in which people try to be good to one another.

4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. A historical fiction novel set in the pre-civil war South, this book spans the life of a young orphan girl and how she navigates her way through the complexities of life and her roles as an indentured servant and then as a socialite.

5. Sister by Rosamund Lupton. This book is a suspenseful thriller about a woman’s headlong search to find her sister’s killer and all the secrets and fantastic plot twists that ensue. If you loved Gone Girl, you’ll love Sister even more!

6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. We know this one is all over the media, and was recently released as a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, but it truly is a wonderful read. Strayed’s memoir of her 1,100 mile solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail is equal parts inspiring, nerve-wracking and triumphant. If you enjoyed Into the Wild or Into Thin Air by John Krakauer this is a book for you.

7. Daughter Of Fortune by Isabel Allende. A story of a young Chilean woman who follows her love to California during the 1849 goldrush. Alone and penniless she makes her way through a man’s world, gains her independence and eventually finds her true love.

8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. A fabulous memoir that is filled with Amy Poehler’s witty, wry humor. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few weeks inside Amy’s head? If you liked Tina Fey’s Bossypants, you’ll enjoy Yes Please.

Happy Reading!


Ashley + Hallman

2 thoughts on “book club reads

  1. As an avid reader, I am always on the look at for good recs! Some new titles on the list to add to the ever growing mound of ‘to read’. I love book clubs– Such fun to gather with good company, smart brains, and full bodied reds!

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