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Looking for a Good Read?

Book clubs often grow out of a desire to bring together individuals who love to read. These clubs are a great way for people to be social and share their favorite books with others.

So what were the books that Wesley’s club members rated as their favorite reads of 2022 and recommend to others? In no particular order:

From Wesley Bradley Park

  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Resident Leslie W. had one more recommendation for anyone wanting to start a book club.

“When residents of Wesley Bradley Park started the book club, they did not want to buy books and soon found out that the Pierce County Library had a program called the Pierce County Book Club Kit. There are 15 books in each kit, and it offers a number of great choices. The library supplies enough books for the entire group,” said Leslie.

From Wesley Des Moines

  • Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  • The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff
  • The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
  • The Girl with Seven Names by Lee Hyeon-seo
  • The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

All residents at Wesley Des Moines – book club members or not – have access to three libraries: one in The Gardens, one in The Terrace and the Des Moines Library across the street. The residents bought over 100 books and had another 100 books donated last year for both campus libraries.

From Wesley at Tehaleh

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

“I enjoyed that it was a true story with a lot of familiar local references.” Rachel R.

  • Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis

“Timely insights into the workings of government and governmental health agencies in light of our current pandemic issue.” Rachel R.

  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

“I would say that The Silent Patient was one book I had a hard time putting down.” Liz

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Lila Owens

“I really enjoyed this book. I am pretty good at figuring out the ending to a story, but the ending provided an unexpected twist to the story that I didn’t see coming!” Lois P.

  • Educated by Tara Westover

“It was an amazing story of personal perseverance and achievement! It is hard to imagine the human spirit so battered and yet come out the other side with so much resilience,” said Lois P.

  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

“This story, written by a physician, validated my conviction that quality of life is more important than quantity of life.” Lois P.

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

And here are some recommendations from writers for The Seattle Times:

Moira MacDonald suggests:

  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  • Trust by Mernan Diaz
  • Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta

Paul Constant suggests:

  • It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood
  • The Unfolding by A.M. Homes
  • Serious Face byJon Mooallem          

Jordan Snowden suggests:          

  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Unmask Alice by Rick Emerson

Emma Levy suggests:

  • Tell Me I’m An Artist by Chelsea Martin
  • Life is Everywhere by Lucy Ives

Still want more choices? How about these titles from the Seattle Public Library’s most checked-out books of 2022.

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