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The Kreis 6 English book club has been going since November 2017, meeting once every two months to talk books. We try to choose relatively short books but if something is especially good (Milkman) we exceed the 200 pages limit. We've read a wide range of books - lots of female authors, some male and at least two non-binary writers. Most of the books we read are fiction but we've also read essays such as On Connection and Vesper Flights and autobiographical books such as My Name is Why and Born a Crime.

Until now we haven't chosen to discuss poems or plays but maybe that will change in 2024.

Here's what we've read so far, the most recent books are at the top of the list. The ones in bold are books that I particularly enjoyed but there are many other great books on the list.

  1. On Connection by Kae Tempest

  2. Heartburn by Nora Ephron

  3. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

  4. Vesper Flights by Helen McDonald

  5. Stories I Forgot to Tell you by Dorothy Gallagher

  6. Mrs Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

  7. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

  8. A Life's Work by Rachel Cusk

  9. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins

  10. We are Attempting to Survive our Time by A L Kennedy

  11. My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

  12. Euphoria by Lily King

  13. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

  14. Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates

  15. The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

  16. Milkman by Anna Burns

  17. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

  18. Will you Please be Quiet, Please by Raymond Carver

  19. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

  21. Normal People by Sally Rooney

  22. The Beacon by Susan Hill

  23. Animal Farm by George Orwell

  24. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

  25. Q&A by Vikas Swarup

  26. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

  27. The Children Act by Ian McEwan

  28. Let me be like Water by S.K. Perry

  29. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  30. Black Faces, White Faces by Jane Gardam

  31. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

  32. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

  33. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

  34. The Thing around your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  35. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

  36. Dear Life by Alice Munro

  37. An Education by Nick Hornby

Happy reading!


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