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AGC meets GoodReads: A Summer Reading List

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

*This post, originally written in 2013, was updated in July 2018.

One of the many pleasures of women's hiking trip is that often the talk turns to books that we're currently reading or that we particularly enjoyed. With any luck some enterprising soul volunteers to write the list down and then share it with everyone. And if the stars align, it actually happens.

We've decided that when that happens, we should share it with you. This list was compiled by the hikers on Wildflowers and Waterfalls: Exploring the Great Smokies in 2013 and the hikers on Exploring Utah's National Parks in 2018.

1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

4. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

5. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

6. The Diviners by Libba Bray

7. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

8. The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

10. The Tea Tree Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

11. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa 

12. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein 

13. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

14. Middlesex by Jeffrey Euenides 

15. A Bright Shining Lie by Neal Sheehan

16. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

17. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

18. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

19. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

20. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

21. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffner

22. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

23. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

24. The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

25. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

26. All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

27. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara

28. The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

29. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

30. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 


From our 2013 Wildflowers group: 

  1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love by Lisa See

  2. Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

  3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  4. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

  5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

  6. A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown (This is a memoir.)

  7. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 

  8. Five Days at Memorial Life: Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  9. Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
  10. Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

I love the variety of fiction and non-fiction and definitely see some new books to try! Thanks, hikers.

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