‘Indy’ Book Club 2021

In Partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library

Calling all book worms! We are hosting another Reading Challenge for 2021. We are challenging you to read one book per month that fits into a specified theme. Download this handy worksheet and keep track of the books you read throughout the year that fulfill our challenge. Every month, we will feature our book of the month – a book on that month’s theme that we are reading as a book club and encourage you to read with us. Each month, we will host virtual book discussions where we chat about the chosen book of the month. We’ve partnered with the Santa Barbara Public Library, which will carry extra copies of the Indy Book Club picks, and join us for the monthly book discussions.

To find out more about the Indy Book Club, keep an eye on the print issue and this page, as we will be announcing more details as they unfold. Get started by picking up this month’s pick and joining our Goodreads group!

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2021 Book Selections


January: Feel-Good Books

Our book of the month is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

Further Reading Suggestions:

The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert

The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman


2020 Book Selections


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December: Fantasy

Our book of the month is Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho

Further Reading Suggestions:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James

Vita Nostra, by Marina Dyachenko

The Queens of Innis Lear, by Tessa Gratton

The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater


November: Books About Food

Our book of the month is With the Fire On High, by Elizabeth Acevedo. Read our full review.

Further Reading Suggestions:

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir, by Kwame Onwuachi

Number One Chinese Restaurant, by Lillian Li


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October: Mystery / True Crime

Our book of the month is The Cutting Season, by Attica Locke

Further Reading Suggestions:

One of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus

Evil Under the Sun, by Agatha Christie

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI, by Kate Winkler Dawson


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September: Science Fiction

Our book of the month is The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin

Further Reading Suggestions:

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K Le Guin

This is How You Lose a Time War, by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler

Warcross, by Marie Lu


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August: Historical Fiction / History

Our book of the month is The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami

Further Reading Suggestions:

The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson

She Would Be King, by Wayetu Moore


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July: Books About Animals

Our book of the month is The Bees, by Laline Paull.

Further Reading Suggestions:

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

The Moon by Whale Light, by Diane Ackerman

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald


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June: LGBTQ+

Our book of the month is Cantoras: A Novel, by Carolina de Robertis.

Further Reading Suggestions:

The Lost Coast, by Amy Rose Capetta

Red, White and Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller


May: Young Adult

Our book of the month is Sadie, by Courtney Summers.

Further Reading Suggestions:

The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X.R. Pan

Michigan vs. The Boys, Carrie S. Allen

Wilder Girls, Rory Power


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April: Journalism/ Investigative Reporting

Our book of the month is She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey.

Further Reading Suggestions:

Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann

American Fire, by Monica Hesse


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March: Retellings

Our book of the month is Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi.

Further Reading Suggestions:

The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma

Circe, by Madeline Miller

Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente


February: Black History Month

Our book of the month is Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi.

Further Reading Suggestions:

On The Come Up, by Angie Thomas

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Faster Than Light, by Marilyn Nelson

Citizen, by Claudia Rankine


January: Memoirs

Our book of the month is Know My Name, by Chanel Miller.

Further Reading Suggestions:

Monsoon Mansion, by Cinelle Barnes

The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, by Megan Phelps-Roper


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