In December of 2013 we started a fantastic new Hall tradition: #DaSHbookdates. The premise is simple. One of us selects a novel for both of us to read during the month, and then on the last Friday of that month, or first Friday of the following month, we have a book date to discuss the novel.* During the month we are prohibited from discussing the novel with one another. This lets us savor the anticipation of discussing the work at the end of the month and allows for us to read at different paces. For those of you that are wondering, Sarah selects for the even numbered months in the even numbered years, and the odd numbered months in the odd numbered years while David selects vice versa. Here is a running list of the novels we’ve read and discussed.

* This is our target for book dates; Clementine’s arrival caused us to fall behind (as in 9 months behind at one point!) and we occasionally will fall behind because of busy months during the school year.

December 2013: The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

January 2014: Native Son, Richard Wright

February 2014Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

March 2014: Catch-22, Joseph Heller

April 2014: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

May 2014: Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

June 2014: A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

July 2014: The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

August 2014: The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

September 2014: Tess of the d’Urbivilles, Thomas Hardy

October 2014: Red Dragon, Thomas Harris

November 2014: The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

December 2014: Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

January 2015: Beloved, Toni Morrison

February 2015: Emma, Jane Austen

March 2015: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

April 2015: Daisy Miller, Henry James

May 2015: Hard Times, Charles Dickens

June 2015: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

July 2015: Go Set a Watchmen, Harper Lee

August 2015: On the Road, Jack Kerouac

September 2015: Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

October 2015: Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

November 2015: This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 2015: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy

January 2016: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

February 2016: The Princess Bride, William Goldman

March 2016: The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

April 2016: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

May 2016: Bleak House, Charles Dickens

June 2016: The World According to Garp, John Iriving

July 2016: No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy

August 2016: Persepolis, Marjorie Satrapi

September 2016: Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

October 2016: It, Stephen King

November 2016: East of Eden, John Steinbeck

December 2016: Silence, Shusaku Endo

January 2017: The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

February 2017: The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough

March 2017: Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

April 2017: The Awakening, Kate Chopin

May 2017: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

June 2017: A Death in the Family, James Agee

July 2017: The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

August 2017: Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen

September 2017: Franny and Zooey, JD Sallinger

October 2017: American Gods, Neil Gaiman

November 2017: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

December 2017: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

January 2018: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

February 2018: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

March 2018: Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

April 2018: Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

May 2018: Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens

June 2018: The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

July 2018: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

August 2018: A Separate Peace, John Knowles

September 2018: Othello, William Shakespeare

October 2018: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

November 2017: A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway



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