The Avid Reader Book Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at The Avid Reader Bookstore at 617 Second Street, downtown Davis.

This group of avid readers has been meeting for over ten years now. Join us for some great reads and lively discussion. We read everything from fiction to non-fiction and are always looking for interesting books on and off the bestseller lists. The Avid Reader bookstore in Davis will be providing the month's book club picks at 20% off for anyone interested whether you are a member or not.

The Avid Reader Book Club Note: Book selections subject to change. Be sure to check periodically in case a book gets moved to another month.


Jennie Woo



Just show up, we're always happy to welcome new members! COME AND CHECK IT OUT!



Date: September 27, 2021 at  7:00pm                   *Note: We're meeting half an hour earlier.*

Book Selection: "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb

Pandemic Location: We will meet both in-person outside and by Zoom.  Send me your email if you haven't already.                                                                                                                                                                           We will send out the in-person location and the Zoom link a few days before the meeting.   


UPCOMING MEETINGS                                                                                                                                    

October 25, 2021 at 7:30pm  Book Selection: "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates                                                                                                                                                                      Location: (optimistically) The Avid Reader Bookstore, 617 Second Street, Davis

November 15, 2021 at 7:30pm  Book Selection: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson *Note: Earlier date for holiday.*                                                                                                                                                                      Location: The Avid Reader Bookstore, 617 Second Street, Davis

December 20,2021 at 7:30pm. Book Selection: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman *Note: Earlier date for holiday*.                         Location: The Avid Reader Bookstore, 617 Second Street, Davis


Previous Book Selections

  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • Alta California by Nick Neely
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
  • American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
  • In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren E. Oakes
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Belonging by Nora Krug
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
  • Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens
  • The Dreamt Land by Mark Arax
  • The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  • Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
  • Home Fire: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • 1776 by David McCullough
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy E. Turner
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Life is But a Dream by Jennifer Provenza
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

  • Sapiens by Yuval Harari

  • Code Talker by Chester Nez

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

  • Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Lineby Michael Gibney
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  •  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion    
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • Season of the Witch by David Talbot
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  • My Organic Life by Nora Pouillon
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
  • Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
  • Red Azalea by Achee Min
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
  • Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Color of the Sea by John Hamamura
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Motive by John Lescroart
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  • Astray by Emma Donoghue
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure by Julia Flynn Siler
  • The Black Count by Tom Reiss
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch by Thomas Thwaites
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Ochrent
  • El Narco: The Trade Driving Mexico's Drug War by Ioan Grillo
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
  • Half a Life by V. S. Naipaul
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
  • To the End of the Land by David Grossman
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Vagrants by Yiyun Li
  • Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
  • The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
  • Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
  • Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism by Ron Suskind
  • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit


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2008-03-26 02:26:50   where does one suggest books for the book of the month club? Do you guys ever read local authors? —StevenDaubert

  • Well, you can suggest it to me and I could pass it along to the group when they meet, or you can just attend the book club and suggest a title yourself. Generally, the books are planned every 6 months (June and December) to decide the following 6 months of books. This coming June meeting will decide the rest of the years books. —SunjeetBaadkar

2008-06-07 16:56:23   Can anyone just show up? I've been looking for a book club to join for some time now. —CurlyGirl26

2008-06-07 17:24:08   Yeah, just show up and be ready to talk (or listen, if you haven't read the book). There is also a private (more serious) book club that will be meeting starting later this month. Message me if you're interested in that one. —SunjeetBaadkar

2008-07-31 15:16:52   Do you have any more information about the book selections for the club? I have been looking for a book club to join and this is the only one that I can find in town. —ScottWeintraub

  • The books are picked six at a time, every June and December. The next picks are Five Quarters of the Orange, Under the Banner of Heaven, The Red Tent, and Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight. The bookclub varies in quantity and quality, so the more you bring to it, the better it gets. If you have any questions feel free to message me about it. Btw, are you related to Daniel? I hosted his event at our Sacramento store back in April. —SunjeetBaadkar
    • No relation to the lawyer or journalists with the same last name. My people come from the Bay Area. I'm not interested in the book this month, but the rest of them sound good. Thanks for the info. How can I message you? —ScottWeintraub

2008-08-04 15:09:37   if anyone is interested, Sweet Briar has used copies of the September book, "Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris. —Mychal

2008-08-30 21:01:34   actually Sweetbriar has used copies of all the books mentioned above, if you want to get used. —Mychal

  • I highly recommend checking out Sweet Briar for their used selection. —[Users/SunjeetBaadkar]

2009-06-06 10:00:06   The list above is a bit outdated. Can anyone tell me if the book club still happening? If so, what are the books for the next few months? I've been looking for a book club to join! —everdrw

  • I would contact the Avid Reader... but if you do, please please come back here and update the information for the next person who comes looking for it! —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards
  • Oops, sorry about that. I have completely forgot that I was doing this list. I will update it now. Also, the book club has been deciding the books two at a time now since the leadership has changed. I welcome anyone to join as it is open to all. —["Users/Sunjeet Baadkar]

2011-10-17 13:17:31   Last meeting we discussed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It was a great book selection even for me as a non-scientist. I love reading these types of selections since they force me to read books I may have otherwise not picked up. I have to say that I liked this selection so much that I have given this book as a gift to a few friends already. Looking forward to the next great read. —VeronikaMonell

2011-11-09 10:58:03   Hi, I am interested in joining your bookclub. Would I just show up at your next meeting on 11/28/11? I will purchase the book and have it read by meeting time. I've never read anything by Orhan Pamuk before so it should be exciting and new. —AlisaTell

2011-12-11 16:01:01   Alisa - I'm glad you came out. Sorry we were late on a response but there's no need to sign up or anything before new members come. Anyone is welcome anytime. See you next time! —RachelW

2012-03-14 21:25:08   Alisa - I think I confused you with another new member who joined on the same month you had proposed coming. My apologies and I do hope you will be able to join us sometime. We are always interested in new members. Cheers! —RachelW