Last call for LDS book group recommendations — the form is closed

Submissions for the list of Mormon fiction recommendations for LDS book groups have petered out, but I figured I might as well announce a formal end date: I will be closing the form at 10 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 20.

UPDATED 4.20: The form is now closed. Give me a week or two to crunch the results. And, thanks again.

The original post with explanations and instructions.

Titles in the spreadsheet as of April 18, 11 a.m. CDT:

Brother Brigham
Long After Dark
Kindred Spirits
Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood
Passage to Zarahemla, Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, Tower of Thunder, Eddie Fantastic
Ender’s Game
On the Road to Heaven
Go In Beauty
Paradise Vue
The Conversion of Jeff Williams
Heresies of Nature
Bound on Earth
The Pictograph Murders
Fine Old High Priests
Bound on Earth
My Mom’s a Mortician
Funeral Home Evenings
Early-Morning Cemetery
The Final Farewell
Circle Dance
Bound On Earth
Cold Train Coming

There are several titles that still deserve to be considered. I have refrained from adding any, but after the form closes, I will add the two titles that I think most deserve to be included, but weren’t added via the anonymous form. I will also make clear that I’m responsible for adding those titles so readers can take my biases/tastes into account.

Thanks for your help!

9 thoughts on “Last call for LDS book group recommendations — the form is closed”

  1. I haven’t read it yet. It looks like two people added it in between list updates. 🙂

  2. I appreciate the recommendations, guys, but you need to fill out the form for them to be of use.


  3. Mormon authors

    Angel of the Danube – Alan Rex Mitchell
    House on the Sound – Marilyn Brown
    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint – Brady Udall

    Non-Mormon authors

    the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
    The Brothers K – David James Duncan
    36 Views of Mount Fuji – Cathy N. Davidson
    Life and Death in Shanghai – Nien Cheng
    These is my Words – Nancy E. Turner
    The Color of Water – James McBride
    The Romanov Prophecy – Steve Berry

  4. You have Ender’s Game, but the fourth book in the series, Children of the Mind, reads as a fascinating discussion of D&C 93. Really, the whole series is worth reading.

  5. I agree, Libby. Of course, Ender’s Game isn’t going to make the final list. It’s not Mormon fiction, or at least Mormon fiction within the parameters I set up for this project (and I even specifically mentioned it as a title that wasn’t what I was looking for).

    But whoever submitted need not fear — it’ll still be in the published spreadsheet so that anyone who clicks through to that will see what they had to say about it.

  6. Sorry I’m a bit (or a whole lot) lazier than I should be, so I’m posting instead of editing your googledocs form, but shouldn’t Levi Peterson’s The Backslider be included? I can’t imagine a list like this w/o that work.

    btw, thanks for putting together the list. I haven’t read some of these, and I hate digging through lists to find the actually good stuff. So cheers to you!

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