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The Honors Book Club was founded in order to enable and encourage Honors students from all disciplines to read and discuss literature in an informal, non-classroom setting. The college provides free books for members and suggestions for our reading are made and voted upon by the members themselves.


The Honors Book Club meets once or twice each month throughout the fall and spring semesters, and typically chooses a longer read for the summer. Student members are encouraged to participate actively in discussions, and are often given special opportunities to attend readings and talks given by our living authors.


Any interested student is welcome to join the Book Club; please email the Book Club Coordinator, Sarah Timmons, for more information and to become a member.


Below is a list of the books read to date by the Honors Book Club.



Spring 2023

  • Sense and Sensibility, , Jane Austin
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  • Nectar in a Sieve, Kamala Markandaya

Before the Coffee Gets Cold Book Cover
Fall 2022

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold, Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • The Book of Hope, Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy

Before the Coffee Gets Cold Book Cover
Spring 2022

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
  • You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar
  • Joy In The Morning, P.G. Wodehouse

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar
Fall 2021

  • Emma, Jane Austen
  • A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  • Saving Us, Katherine Hayhoe

Saving Us by Katherine Hayhoe
Spring 2021

  • Falter, Bill McKibben
  • Wild Belief, Nick Ripatrizone

Wild Belief by Nick Ripatrizone
Fall 2020

  • All We Can Save, collected authors
  • News of the World, Paulette Jiles

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Spring 2020

  • Educated, Tara Westover
  • My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir

Fall 2019

  • Tales of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Calypso, David Sedaris
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

State of Wonder
Summer 2019

  • Horizon, Barry Lopez

Spring 2019

  • The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  • A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman

A Doll’s House
Winter Break 2018-2019

  • Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quijote
Fall 2018

  • Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Spring 2018

  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, Andrea Wulf
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  • Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain

Life on the Mississippi
Fall 2017

  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
  • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

All the Light We Cannot See
Summer 2017

  • The Magus, John Fowles
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

The Magus
Spring 2017

  • Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky
  • Salvation on Sand Mountain, Dennis Covington
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

Suite Française
Fall 2016

  • Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Maus (Vol. 1), Art Spiegelman
  • Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac

Maus (Vol. 1)
Summer 2016: Loveable Villainesses

  • Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire
  • Lady Susan, Jane Austen

Vanity Fair
Spring 2016

  • Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene
  • Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee
  • A Year in Provençe, Peter Mayle

Fall 2015

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • Castle Rackrent, Maria Edgeworth
  • Getting to Grey Owl, Kurt Caswell

Summer 2015: Food

  • Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Spring 2015

  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  • If on a winter's night a traveler, Italo Calvino
  • Lady Audley's Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Quiet, Susan Cain

The Count of Monte Cristo
Fall 2014

  • Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape, Bill McKibben
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Purple Hibiscus
Summer 2014: Adventure

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Spring 2014

  • The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • Under A Lucky Star, Roy Chapman Andrews
  • And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
  • The Fifth Season, Lisa Ohlen Harris

The Silver Star
Fall 2013

  • Summer of the Big Bachi, Naomi Hirahara
  • About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory, Barry Lopez
  • My Ántonia, Willa Cather

Summer of the Big Bachi
Summer 2013: Mystery

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King
  • The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl
  • Inferno, Dan Brown
  • The Sunday Philosopher's Club, Alexander McCall Smith

The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Spring 2013

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  • The Thin Man, Dashiel Hammett

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Fall 2012

  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas

The Namesake
Summer 2012: Mystery

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Braddon
  • Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers
  • She, H. Rider Haggard
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe

Whose Body?
Spring 2012

  • Towards Zero, Agatha Christie
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
  • The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

Towards Zero
Fall 2011

  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Help
Summer 2011: Books Adapted to Cinema

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Spring 2011

  • The Haunted Hotel, Wilkie Collins
  • Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
  • Things I've Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi

The Haunted Hotel
Fall 2010

  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Persuasion, Jane Austen

Into the Wild
Summer 2010

  • The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
  • The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  • Empress, Shan Sa

The Book Thief
Spring 2010

  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading Lolita in Tehran
Fall 2009

  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • The Importance of Being Earnest and other Plays, Oscar Wilde
  • The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Glass Castle
Summer 2009

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Pride and Prejudice
Spring 2009

  • The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
  • The Writing Class, Jincy Willett

The Handmaid's Tale