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Located in Chatham, Illinois
Chatham Area Public Library
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Bite Into A Good Book Archive


  • January: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  • February: Still Life by Louise Penny
  • March: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • April: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
  • May: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
  • June: Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck
  • July: Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  • August: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb


  • January: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  • February: The House is the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
  • March: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • April: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • May: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
  • June: Doc by Mary Doria Russell
  • July: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
  • August: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • September: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • October: The Maid by Nita Prose
  • November: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • December: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn


  • January: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • February: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • March: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • April : The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • May: The Mountains Sing by Phan Qué̂ Mai Nguyẽ̂n
  • June: The Book of Lost Names by Kimberly Harmel
  • July: The Feather Thief by Kirk Johnson
  • August: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • September: Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
  • October: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Novemeber: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • December: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg


  • January: Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by Dave Von Drehle
  • February: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • March: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • April : Did Not Meet
  • May: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • June: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • July: Did Not Meet
  • August: The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams
  • September: The Engineer's Wife by Tracey Emerson Wood
  • October: Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Snizhnik
  • Novemeber: All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
  • December: Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire


  • January: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • February: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • March: Watchers by Dean Koontz
  • April: Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • May:  Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: the battle that shaped America’s destiny by Brian Kilmeade
  • June: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • July: The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
  • August: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  • September: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • October: Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • November: Educated by Tara Westover
  • December: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg


  • January: Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • February: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • March: American Fire by Monica Hesse
  • April: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • May: Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
  • June: So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell    OR    The True Picture of Emigration by Rebecca Burlend
  • July:  Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in the Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
  • August: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • September: Lost in Shangri-la: a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • October: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  • November: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
  • December: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


  • January: Caldecott and Newbery Winners,
  • February: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  • March: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by R. Riley
  • April: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • May: First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower
  • June: America’s First Daughter: From Monticello to Jefferson’s White House, She Shaped the Legacy of a Nation by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
  • July: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  • August: Everybody’s Food by Richard Risso
  • September: The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman
  • October: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • November: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • December: The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo


  • January: Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners- 1965, 2015
  • February: The Long Walk: The True Story of ta Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz
  • March: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • April: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • May: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  • June: Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
  • July: Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck
  • August: 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • September: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  • October: Storm of the Century by Al Roker and/or Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
  • November: The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion
  • December: Once Upon a Christmas by Pearl S. Buck and Christmas Day by Pearl S. Buck


  • January:  Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners-1964, 2014
  • February:  Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
  • March:  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • April: The Martian by Andy Weir
  • May:  True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
  • June:  A Daughter’s Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill’s Youngest Child by Mary Soames
  • July:  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • August:  Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell
  • September:  The Glass Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • October:  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • November:  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom
  • December:  A New York Christmas by Anne Perry


  • January: A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
  • February: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • March: Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1963 and 2013
  • April: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • May: Home Front by Kristin Hannah
  • June: One Summer by David Baldacci
  • July: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
  • August: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • September: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade
  • October: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  • November: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • December: A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
  •           And/or A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy


  • January: The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
  • February: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveria
  • March: The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  • April: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
  • May: The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
  • June: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiana
  • August: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal
  • September: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
  • October: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple
  • November: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
  • December: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Thomas


  • January: Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1961 and 2011
  • February: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • March: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • April: Running with the Demon by Jerry Brooks
  • May: The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
  • June: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • July: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • August: Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
  • September: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • October: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • November: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • December: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
  •           And/or A Plain and Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller


  • January: Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1960 and 2010
  • February: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • March: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • April: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • May:  Down River by John Hart
  • June: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • July: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
  • August: The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  • September: The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • October:  Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Welles
  • November: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
  • December: Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  •           And/or A Christmas Blessing by Donna Van Liere
  •           And/or  The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn


  • January: Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1959 and 2009
  • February: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  • March: The Sounds of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Mary S. Lovell
  • April: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • May: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • June: The Woods by Harlan Coben
  • July: Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough
  • August: Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • September: Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
  • October: Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  • November:  Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • December:  What Child is This? What Child is This? By Barbara Cooney
  • and/or The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith
  • and/or The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter, the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry


  • January: Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1958 and 2008
  • February: Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin
  • March: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • April: The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • May: Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
  • June: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • August: The Memory’s Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • September: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • October: Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron
  • November: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • December: White Christmas Pie by Wanda Brunstetter
  •           And/or The Christmas Scrapbook: a Harmony Story by Philip Gulley


  • January:  Newbery and Caldecott winners from 1957 and 2007
  • February:  The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby
  • March: The Terrorist by John Updike
  • April: King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher
  • May:  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • June:  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • July:   The Zookeeper’s Wife: a War Story by Diane Ackerman or On a Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • August:  Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
  • September:  Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Karkauer
  • October:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradury
  • November:  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • December:  The Christmas Train by David Baldacci


  • January:  Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Hadden
  • February:  The Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter
  • March:  Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • April:  We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
  • May:  O’Pioneers by Willa Cather
  • June:  All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • July:  The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • August:  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • September:  The Good Earth by Pearl Buck or Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe
  • October: Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  • November:  The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  • December:  The Christmas Quilt by Thomas J. Davis


  • January:  Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama or
  •                   Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicolas Sparks
  • February:  Evening Glass by Maeve Binchy
  • March:  A Year in Province by Peter Mayle
  • April:  The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  • May:  The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • June:  Night by Ellie Wiesel
  • July:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • August:  Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck
  • September:  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • October:  Pick a favorite book from your childhood and tell why you love it.
  • November:  Together We Read-Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow
  • December:  A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg


  • January:  Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • February:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • March:  Women’s Buffet - Choose one of the following:
  •                No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  •                Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith
  •                Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
  • April: Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  • May: Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • June: Shane by Jack Schaefer
  • July: Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  • August: Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth
  • September: Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  • October: The Emancipator’s Wife by Barbara Hambly
  • November: A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • December: The Christmas Thief by Carol Higgins Clark