Bookies Book Group

First Monday each month, 7 pm,  in COVID times we are doing ZOOM meetings AND now back In member’s homes.  The standing ZOOM link will be emailed out.    Please send an email to    if  you would like to join in the fun (whether you have read the book or not).

Upcoming book:  August 2 – The Song of Hiawatha  – Any book of poetry that includes selections of The Song of Hiawatha and other poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Discussion Question Hiawatha

We have adapted our Discussion Question format for virtual meeting.   The questions are to 1) help you to read and think about the book. and 2) to assist us in the Zoom discussion.  We suggest that you choose one or two questions to address in the ZOOM.

Thanks to Judy’s capture, here is a list of our July ZOOM “sharing of bedside (or wherever) books” – Bookies July Sharing results

Thank you to all who voted last year and to Judy Cenkus, Jane Stilley and Barbara Pickthall who helped Betsy Nock layout the year.   Thanks also to Amy Bice who graciously added her time and effort to be sure that Bookies continued on through the pandemic.   Special thanks to our very longtime Bookies Convenor, Gwen Crockett.

HERE is a list of additional books that have been recommended by Bookies members just in case you run out of reading material in 2021 (and into 2022!!)

“…if you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”— Clive James

2021–into early 2022 Featured books:

    • Jan 7, 2021 – The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates  Discussion Questions
    • Feb 1 – Moloka’i by Alan Brennert Discussion Questions
    • Mar 1 – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren  Discussion Questions Hope Jahren Website
    • Apr 5 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  Discussion Questions
    • May 3 – Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey   Discussion Questions
    • June 7 – The Secrets We Kept  by Lara Prescott   Discussion Questions
    • July 5 – What Are You Reading?  share by all….Thanks to Judy’s capture, here is a list of our July ZOOM “sharing of bedside (or wherever) books” – Bookies July Sharing results
    • Aug 2 – Any book of poetry that includes selections of The Song of Hiawatha and other poems of Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Discussion Question Hiawatha
    • Sep 6 – Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon   Discussion Questions
    • Oct 4 – The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan   Discussion Questions to follow
    • Nov 1 – East of Eden by John Steinbeck Discussion Questions
    • Dec 6 – Giver of the Stars by Jojo Moyes  Discussion Questions
    • Jan 3, 2022 – Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up by Leslie M.M. Blume   Discussion Questions  to follow
    • Feb 7, 2022 – Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell  Discussion Questions  to follow
    • Mar 7, 2022 – The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson   Discussion Questions

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2015 Featured books:

2014 Selections

2013 Selections

  • Dec 3, 2012 – The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka, Guide, Author Site
  • Jan 7, 2013 – The Christmas Cantata – Mark Schweizer, General Questions
  • Feb 4 – Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard, Guide
  • February 8, 2013 – Book & Author Dinner w/AAUW Educator of Year, Sam Needham – benefits Fort Bend Literacy
  • Mar 4 – You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobhan Fallon, Guide
  • Apr 1 – Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, Guide
  • May 7 – The Dinosaur Feather – Sissel-Jo Gazan, Guide
  • Jun 4 – Margaret Sanger: A Life of PassionJean Baker, Guide
  • Jul 1 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe, Guide
  • Aug 6 – The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling, Guide
  • Sep 2 – I’ll Have What She’s Having—Mapping Social BehaviorR A Bentley, M. Earls, M J O’Brian, Guide
  • Oct 8 – The Language of FlowersVanessa Diffenbaugh, Guide
  • Nov 5 – The GiverLois Lowry, Guide
  • Dec 2, 2013 – Death Comes to PemberleyP D James, Guide
  • Jan 6, 2014 – The Light Between OceansM L Stedman, Guide
  • Feb 3, 2014 – A Reliable WifeRobert Goolrick, Guide

The more you read, the more you know
The more you know, the smarter you grow
The smarter you are, the stronger your voice
Whether speaking your mind
or making your choice. …seen on a T-shirt