French River Readers

ForJanuary, we have  chosen a thriller, Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. Our next meeting is at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 18th, in the Fireside Room at French River Lutheran Church. You are welcome to come whether or not you have read the book, but be aware that there may be spoilers!

The French River Readers have been meeting continuously since 2004. Our reading choices are varied and always chosen by consensus. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, year round. In the past we have met at 7:30 PM.  We have since decided to meet at 1 PM during the dark evening months, and go back to the 7:30 PM time when our daylight lasts a little longer. So, November through April we'll meet at 1 PM, and May through October we'll meet at 7:30 PM. Although now we usually meet in the Fireside Room of French River Lutheran Church, we used to meet in each other's houses. We often have a snack and dessert, though our main focus is on the book at hand.

Once a year, for our November meeting, and in thanksgiving for our fellowship and our love of reading, we collect children's board books for distribution to a children's outreach. We want to start a reading habit early in life.

Once a year, for our December meeting, we all bring appetizers - sweet or savory - and play the Dice game.  Our December book is usually a light-hearted Christmas-themed story. 

We have a good time, and we would love for you to join us!

If you have questions, call or email Carol Surine at 218-525-4426 or
The Archives of Books Read
2024 Month Book Author
February  Hamnet  Maggie O'Farrell
January  Deep Storm  Lincoln Child
2023 Month Book Author
December  The Christmas Sweater  Glenn Beck
November The Nightengale  Kristin Hannah
October  The Cat Who Could Read Backwards Lilian Jackson Braun
September The 100 Years of Lenni and Margot Marianne Cronin
August The Book of Lost Friends Lisa Wingate
July  David Copperfield Charles Dickens
June  Demon Copperhead Barbara Kingsolver
May  The Girl with the Louding Voice Abu Dare
April  I'll Be Gone in the Dark Michelle McNamara
March  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness  Arundhati Roy
February  The House in the Cerulean Sea  TJ Klune
January  The Book of Lost Friends  Lisa Wingate
2022 Month Book Author
December Winter Street  Elin Hilderbrand
November An Irish Country Doctor Patrick Taylor
October  The Only Woman in the Room  Heather Terrell
September  The Ghost Burglar Jack Burch
August  The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules Catherine Anglesea-Sundberg
July  There, Therre Tommy Orange
June  Defending Jacob William Stanley
May  Circe  Madeline Miller
April  18 Tiny Deaths  Bruce Goldfarb
March  A Monstrous Regiment of Women   Laurie R. King
February  The Beekeeper's Apprentice   Laurie R. King
January  What the Eyes Don't See  Mona Hanna-Attisha

2021 Month Book Author
December The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride Joe Siple
November Half a Yellow Sun  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
October Hidden Figures  Margot Lee Shetterly
September Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  Maria Semple
August When Breath Becomes Air  Paul Kalanithi
July Murder of a Good Man  Teresa Trent
June Nomadland  Jessica Bruder
May The Secret Keeper  Kate Morton
April  Still Llfe  Louise Penny
March  This Tender Land  Wm Kent Krueger
February  Just Mercy  Bryan Stephenson
January  I am Malala  Malala Yousafzai
2020 Month Book Author
December  the Best Christmas Pageant Ever  Barbara Robinson
November  Hillbilly Elegy  J.D. Vance
October  A Long Walk to Water  Linda Sue Park
September  Iron Lake  Wm Kent Krueger
August  The Girl in the Spider's Web  David Lagercrantz
July  The Elegance of the Hedgehog  Muriel Barbery
June  The Little Paris Bookshop  Nina George
May  Wild  Cheryl Strayed
April  Penance  David Housewright
March  No Meeting Due to Pandemic  
February  The Gentleman from Moscow  Amor Towles
January  The Woman in the Window  A.J. Finn
2019 Month Book Author
December  Hercule Poirot's Christmas   Agatha Christie
November  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek  Kim MIchele Richardson
October  Killers of the Flower Moon  David Grann
September  Doc  Mary Doria Russell
August  Educated  Tara Westover
July  Ahab's Wife  Sena Jeter Naslund
June  The Long Haul  Finn Murphy
May  Memory Man  David Baldacci
April  Angle of Repose  Wallace Stegner
March  The Good Lord Bird  James McBride
February  Grandma Gatewood's Walk  Ben Montgomery
January  After the Floods  Ben Henricksen
2018 Month Book Author
December  A Christmas Memory  Truman Capote
November  The Soul of an Octopus  Sy Montgomery
October  The Last Voyageurs  Lorraine Boissoneault 
September   Before We Were Yours  Lisa Wingate
August  The Rent Collector  Camron Wright
July  The Wind and the Drum  Katherine Johnson
June  50 Children  Stephen Pressman
May  The Brightest Sun  Adrienne Benson
April  The Women in the Castle  Jessica Shattuck
March  The Woman in Cabin 10  Ruth Ware
February  Sea Runners  Ivan Doig
January  Out of the Easy  Ruta Sepetys
2017 Month Book Author
December  A Season of Angels  Debbie Macomber
November  The Postmistress  Sarah Blake
October  The Underground Railroad  Colson Whitehead
September  The Boys in the Boat  Daniel James Brown
August  The Alchemist  Paul Coelho
July  Locally Laid  Lucie Amundsen
June  Wonder  R.J. Palacio
May  The Pearl That Broke Its Shell  Nadia Hashimi
Apri l  The Legacy  Mark Munger
March  Yes, Chef  Marcus Samuelsson
February  The Paris Architect  Charles Belfoure
January  The Secret Chord  Geraldine Brooks
2015 Month Book Author
December Comfort and Joy Kristin Hannah
November A Complicated Kindness Miriam Toews
October The Master Butcher’s Singing Club Louise Erdrich
September The Dance Boots Linda LeGarde Grover
August She’s Not There Jennifer F. Boylan
July The Necklace Cheryl Jarvis
June Modoc Ralph Helfer
May Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo
April Me Before You JoJo Moyes
March Still Life Louise Penny
February All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
January The Afterlife of Billy Fingers Annie Kagan
2014 Month Book Author
December The Christmas Box Richard Paul Evans
November Ordinary Grace Wm Kent Kruger
October Farewell to Manzanar Jeanne W. Houston
September The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
August Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
July The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
June Tempting Fate Jane Green
May Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear
April The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway
March Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Helen Simonson
February The Orphan Train Christina Baker Klein
January The Long-Shining Waters Danielle Sosin
2013 Month Book Author
December The Christmas Blessing Donna VanLiere
November The Zookeeper’s Wife Diane Ackerman
October Convergence at Two Harbors Dennis Herschbach
September Before I Go to Sleep S.J. Watson
August Immoral Brian Freeman
July The People of the Book Geraldine Brooks
June Odd Thomas Dean Koontz
May Clara and Mr. Tiffany Susan Vreeland
April Distant Fires Scott Anderson
March The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
February The Tale of Halcyon Crane Wendy Webb
January Home Front Kristin Hannah
2012 Month Book Author
December Visions of Sugar Plums Janet Evanovich
November The Scent of God Beryl S Bissell
October City of Thieves David Benioff
September Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
August The Jester Patterson/Gross
July Dive from Clausen’s Pier Ann Packer
June Whistling in the Dark Lesley Kagan
May The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
April The House at Riverton Kate Morton
March Yellow Crocus Laila Ibraham
February Henry’s Sisters Cathy Lamb
January Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
2011 Month Book Author
December Shirley, Goodness and Mercy Debbie Macomber
November Moloka’I Alan Brennert
October Little Bee Chris Cleave
September The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Buermeister
August Room Emma Donoghue
July The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley
June Winter Garden Kristin Hannah
May The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer
April The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
March They Did It with Love Kate Morgenroth
February The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton
January The Ascent Ronald Malfi
2010 Month Book Author
December Kringle Tom Abbott
November Leaving the World Douglas Kennedy
October The Cookbook Collector Allegra Goodwin
September The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
August The Help Kathryn Stockett
July The Book Thief Markus Zusak
June Push Sapphire
May The Yellow House Patricia Falvey
April The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larson
March The Blind Side Michael Lewis
February Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
January Sarah’s Key Tatiana de Rosnay
2009 Month Book Author
December ‘Tis the Season Lorna Landvik
November Good Grief Lolly Winston
October Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
September The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffeneger
August Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich
July The 13th Tale Diane Setterfield
June Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafron
May Still Alice Lisa Genova
April The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis
March The Shack Wm Paul Young
February The Eight Katherine Neville
January Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert
2008 Month Book Author
December A Redbird Christmas Fannie Flagg
November Red Knife Wm Kent Kruger
October The Divide Nicholas Evans
September Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama
August Keeping the House Ellen Baker
July The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
June Book of choice Nevada Barr
May The Whistling Season Ivan Doig
April Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
March Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Gregory Maguire
February My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult
January Nickeled and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich
2007 Month Book Author
December A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
November A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
October Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver
September The Elegant Gathering of White Snows Kris Radish
August The Box Children Sharon Wyse
July Inside the Kingdom Carmen bin Laden
June The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
May The Life of Pi Yann Martel
April Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards
March Bread Alone Judith R Hendricks
February The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
January Eat Cake Jeanne Ray
2006 Month Book Author
December The Giver Lois Lowry
November Will to Murder John DeSanto
October Camel Club David Baldacci
September Five Quarters of the Orange Joanne Harris
August The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
July Widow for One Year John Irving
June Pope Joan Donna W Cross
May The Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd
April Purgatory Ridge Wm Kent Kruger
March Amateur Marriage Anne Tyler
February The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
January In the Lake of the Woods Tim O’Brien
2005 Month Book Author
December The Christmas Train David Baldacci
November The Quilter’s Apprentice Jennifer Chiaverini
October The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell
September Plainsong Kent Haruf
August The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
July The Lady and the Unicorn Tracy Chevalier
June Wonder When You’ll Miss Me Amanda Davis
May Tulip Fever Deborah Moggach
April Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
March Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
February Peace Like a River Leif Enger
January Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
2004 Month Book Author
December Skipping Christmas John Grisham
November The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse Louise Erdrich
October The Red Tent Anita Diamant
September No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander M Smith
August The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
July The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
June Living History Hillary R Clinton
May Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons Lorna Landvik
April Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
March The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
February Superior Death Nevada Barr
January None ~ Planning