Book Club

Update October 2020: Join the Cortland Community Read of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


What We're Reading

Until we can meet again in person please watch our website and social media sites for information about virtual book clubs. 

About Us

When we meet:  The Cortland Free Library Book Discussion group meets at the library on the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m.  If a holiday happens to fall on the first Wednesday of the month, we generally push our meeting back to the second Wednesday of the month. 

What we read:  We are an open-minded group with varied tastes.  Thus far, we’ve read literary fiction, a mystery, chick lit, lab lit, nonfiction, biographies, and young adult fiction (see a list of our past selections below).  We take turns submitting ideas, then vote as a group. As a rule, we only select a title if there are enough copies of it available in the Finger Lakes Library System to accommodate everyone in the group.

What to expect:  Our meetings are pretty relaxed.  It is no big deal if you miss a meeting every so often and it is acceptable if, on occasion, you show up without having finished the entire book.  We welcome strong opinions and it is o.k. to disagree with others, we just ask that everyone is respectful of others.

Who is welcome:  Bookworms, young professionals, old professionals, stay-at-home moms/dads, retirees…everyone!  Just come with a good attitude and an open mind!

Contact Theresa Mekeel by email for more information or questions: 


Past Selections

March 2020 – The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
February 2020 – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
January 2020 – Educated by Tara Westover

December 2019 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
November 2019 – a piece of the world by Christina Kline Baker
October 2019 – The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson 
September 2019 – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
August 2019 – Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
July 2019 – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
June 2019 – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
May 2019 – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
April 2019 – The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
March 2019 – The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
February 2019 – Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
January 2019 – Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

December 2018 – The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
November 2018 – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
October 2018 – The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
September 2018 – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
August 2018 – Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
July 2018 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
June 2018 – Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman
May 2018 – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
April 2018 – The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
March 2018 – Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
February 2018 – your choice of a Biography
January 2018 – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

December 2017 – O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
November 2017 – Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
October 2017 – Five Presidents:  My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill
September 2017 – Winter Garden by Krisin Hannah
August 2017 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
July 2017 – small great things by Jodi Picoult
June 2017 –
The Nightingale by Kristin hannah
May 2017 – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
April 2017 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
March 2017 – Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
February 2017 – Biography, Autobiography or Memoir of your choosing

December 2016 – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
November 2016 – Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova 
October 2016 – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
September 2016 – Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
August  2016 – This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
July 2016 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
June 2016 – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
May 2016 – The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
April 2016 – Left Neglected by Lisa Genova 
March 2016 – The Husband's Secret  by Liane Moriarty
February 2016 – Pick a Novel by Anne Perry
January 2016 – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

December 2015 – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 
November 2015 – Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
October 2015 – Pick a Novel by Janet Evanovich
September 2015 – One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
August 2015 – Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
July 2015 – Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

June 2015 – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
May 2015 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
April 2015 – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
March 2015 – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
February 2015 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
January 2015 – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

December 2014 – Books with interesting settings, like Paris by Edward Rutherfurd 
November 2014 – The Accident by Chris Pavone
October 2014 – Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
September 2014  – A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
August 2014 – Bill Warrington's Last Chance by James King
July 2014 – The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
June 2014 – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
May 2014 – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
April 2014 – The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
March 2014 – Bossypants by Tina Fey
February 2014 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
January 2014 – When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

December 2013 – The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
November 2013 – My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
October 2013 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
September 2013 – The Lives They Left Behind by Darby Penney
August 2013 – In Its Time by Nancy Rehkugler
July 2013 – Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
June 2013 – Defending Jacob by William Landay
May 2013 – Arcadia by Lauren Groff
April 2013 – Read a biography about the Women’s Suffragist of your choice!
March 2013 – Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
February 2013 – Solar by Ian McEwan
January 2013 – In One Person by John Irving