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Our 2018 Book Lineup

Our 2018 Book Lineup

*Disclaimer: In life, you have high hopes but sometimes, you just don’t wanna read a Russian novel in April. So a few of these got flipped around or omitted as the year progressed. Sue us.

*Disclaimer: In life, you have high hopes but sometimes, you just don’t wanna read a Russian novel in April. So a few of these got flipped around or omitted as the year progressed. Sue us.

The Werdsmerths book club started in January of 2018. You may wonder: “Why Werdsmerths"?” Well, reader, we chose the name because we’re ridiculous. Here is our lofty lineup for the year, but we definitely did not stick with this order. SO THIS IS WHY WE CHOSE THE THINGS.


  1. January: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Mary’s pick.
    So the world seems to think Donna Tartt is the shit. She won a freaking Pulitzer for this book. And having read The Secret History and been blown away by the complete oddness of the premise, I HAD to see what this one was about”. –M

  2. February: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Mary’s pick.
    Part of being a feminist, in my opinion, is learning how to be a better feminist. How do I make my worldview more inclusive and make feminism better for everyone? This book was chosen from that vantage point.” –M

  3. March: Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino, Laura’s pick.
    “I listened to a
    Radiolab episode once wherein Liev Schreiber narrates the first of these stories, The Distance of the Moon. It captivated me, and left me wanting more.” –L

  4. April-June: things get a little cray. Life happens.

  5. July: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Laura’s pick.
    This book appeared on a list somewhere, can’t remember where, as being one of the most romantic books of all time. As someone who eats those kind of books for breakfast, I felt curious because looking at the synopsis, it does not scream “ROMANCE!” to me.” –L

  6. August: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, Mary’s pick.
    The Queen wrote a mystery series! And by Queen I mean J.K. Rowling. We HAD to read it. Do I need any other reason?” –M

  7. September: How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron, Mary’s pick.
    I heard about this book on the podcast, Why, Oh Why? The premise sounded very interesting (a scientist came up with a questionnaire, that once answered, will cause the two participants to ultimately fall in love).” –M

  8. October: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor, Mary’s pick.

    “Trying to incorporate classics here. Flannery is supposed to be one of The Seminal Southern Authors. I never read anything by her in school, but I felt like I should.” –M


  1. November: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Laura’s pick.
    I inhaled and adored Fangirl, and it’s one of my most reread happy-place books. Fangirl features the story of Simon and Baz as a phenomenon similar to Harry Potter that the main character is obsessed with, and when this book was released, I thought it might be interesting to see how this fictional world evolved into a full fledged book. Plus, I have not had much experience, sadly, with LGBTQ+ books (which has thankfully changed this year, more later), and I feel the need to step outside of my typical “book box”, so to speak.” –L

  2. December: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Laura’s pick.
    “This book has always been fascinating to me as a sure mind-fuck, but I’ve been putting off reading it because I feel like it'll be a bit of work. I’m using this book club as an excuse to get off my butt and finally read it.” –L


So this website began because we started reading Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and 639 others. This was one of our picks, but we don’t really have a month that it belongs to, partially because it’s gigantic. But it elicited such a response in us that we felt we were overflowing with conversation topics and one thing led to another and then another and we were all “Let’s make a blog” and so that happened and now we’re famous. So we’ll talk about that book separately and probably for multiple posts because it’s just so incredible. Here’s why Laura chose that one: “When Mary used to work at Anthropologie, this book appeared on the shelves and looked FASCINATING to us. I added it to my list at the time, and when picking books for this year I went back and immediately thought, ‘Hey! This will be perfect for a Mary/Laura book club pick!’ I forgot how huge it was though, and I almost took it off the roster. I’m very, very glad I didn’t.” –L

We’ll discuss these books separately in posts to come, but we wanted to give you a preview of what this year’s list has looked like for Werdsmerths. We’ve also read some books on our own that have rocked our world, and we’ll be featuring those too. Plus random thoughts and other things and travelogues and podcasts and ALL THE THINGS. We’re excited.

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