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Blessed Be Our Cherished Readers




December 27, 2017

We’ve now come to the end of the sixth year of Dr. Joe’s Book of the Month Club. As all you book-lovers who have stayed with me over the years would know: the series does not represent 72 literary classics, but rather 72 books I have either loved or consider significant enough to be on a short-list in my own library.

Only once a year, since there is no way of my knowing for sure how many readers are staying with us year after year, purchasing our book selections and adding them to your personal library, do I feature a master listing of all the books and ask you to weigh in (by email or personal letter) and let me know your thoughts about prior book selections. Following is a list of all 72 books; you’ll note that this year we featured the following authors:

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Daniel Defoe

Valentine Davies

Charles Dickens

Alexandre Dumas

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Elizabeth Goudge

C. S. Lewis

Jack London

Catherine Marshall

Slavomir Rawicz

P. R. Reid

David Wyss

Now once more, I’d appreciate all of you book club “members”–even if you only recently joined us–to weigh in and let me know:

1. Which of this year’s books resonated best with you, and why?

2. Which of the 72 books are your all-time favorites, and why?

3. What authors or books would you most like me to include in the future?

4. General thoughts on the impact of the book club on your life?

Just to make it easier, here is an updated list of all 72 books.


Alcott, Louisa May                 Little Men                                            July 7, 2015

                                              Little Women                                      June 3, 2015

Aldrich, Beth Streeter            A Lantern in Her Hand              November 4, 2015

Barr, Robert                           A Prince of Good Fellows                    April 1, 2015

                                             The Swordmaker                                  May 6, 2015

Bergreen, Lawrence              Over the Edge of the World               May 28, 2014

Bronte, Charlotte                  Jane Eyre                                             June 8, 2014

Brown, Abbie Farwell           The Christmas Angel                November 23, 2011

Buck, Pearl                           Christmas Day in the Morning    December 2, 2015

Burnett, Frances Hodgson   Little Lord Fauntleroy                  February 29, 2012

                                            The Secret Garden                           January 4, 2017

Cervantes, Miguel de          Don Quixote                               September 9, 2016

Dana, Richard Henry          Two Years Before the Mast                March 26, 2014

Davies, Valentine                Miracle on 34th Street                   December 6, 2017

Defoe, Daniel                     Robinson Crusoe                                 March 1, 2017

                                          The Farther Adventures of

                                                 Robinson Crusoe                           March 1, 2017

Dickens, Charles                A Christmas Carol                       November 23, 2011

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor        Brothers Karamazov                          October 4, 2017

Douglas, Lloyd C.             Home for Christmas                     November 28, 2012

Doyle, Arthur Conan        The White Company                              April 30, 2014

Dumas, Alexandre            The Count of Monte Cristo                  January 6, 2016

                                         The Three Musketeers                    September 6, 2017

Duncan, Dayton; and Ken Burns  The National Parks:

                                         America’s Best Idea                               June 27, 2012

Eaton, Walter                    Prichard The Man Who

                                                    Found Christmas                 December 7, 2016

Exupery, Antoine de         Wind, Sand, Stars                              February 3, 2016

Gilbreth, Frank and Ernestine Cheaper by the Dozen                    March 2, 2016

Goudge, Elizabeth            City of Bells                                 September 26, 2012

                                         Pilgrim’s Inn                                            June 7, 2017

Grey, Zane                        Heritage of the Desert                  December 28. 2011

                                         Rider’s of the Purple Sage                        June 5, 2013

                                         The Vanishing American                       June 30, 2014

                                         Wanderer of the Wasteland                March 28, 2012

Hale, Edward Everett, Sr.  The Man Without a Country             February 6, 2013

Hill, Grace Livingston        Happiness Hill                                   August 21, 2013

Hilton, James                    Lost Horizan                                      October 7, 2015

Hope, Anthony                 The Prisoner of Zenda                       October 5, 2016

Hugo, Victor                     Las Miserables                             September 25, 2013

Huxley, Aldous                 Brave New World and

                                         Brave New World Reed                            May 8, 2013

Knight, Eric                       Lassie Come Home                        November 6, 2012

Lewis, C. S.                       Mere Christianity                                  August 2, 2017

London, Jack                   The Call of the Wild                                   July 5, 2017

Lorenzini, Carlos              Pinocchio                                     September 24, 2014

Lowry, Lois                      The Giver                                            August 27, 2014

Marshall, Catherine         A Man Called Peter                         November 1, 2017

Moody, Ralph                 Little Britches                                     October 29, 2014

Munthe, Alex                  The Secret of San Michele                      August 5, 2015

Porter, Gene Stratton      Freckles                                                    July 27, 2013

                                        Keeper of the Bees                                August 3, 2016

Porter, Jane                     The Scottish Chiefs                                    April 6, 2016

Rawicz, Slavomir             The Long Walk                                   February 1, 2017

Reed, Myrtle                   The Master’s Violin                                    April 3, 2013

Reid, P. R.                        The Colditz Story                                       May 3, 2017

Richmond, Grace            Foursquare                                           January 2, 2013

                                       The Twenty-Fourth of June                      May 23, 2012

Sabatini, Rafael               Scaramouche                                   February 26, 2014

Scott, Sir Walter             Quentin Durward                            September 2, 2015

Sheldon, Charles            In His Steps                                          August 22, 2012

Sienkiewicz, Henryk       Quo Vadis                                           January 28, 2014

Spyri, Johanna               Heidi                                                          July 30, 2014

Tarkington, Booth         Penrod                                                October 31, 2012

Tennyson, Alfred Lord   Enoch Arden                                               May 2, 2012

Thoreau, Henry David    Walden                                               January 25, 2012

Tolstoy, Leo                   War and Peace                                    February 4, 2015

Twain, Mark                  Tom Sawyer                                                  July 8, 2015

Van Dyke, Henry           The Other Wise Man                          December 4, 2013

Wallace, Lew                 Ben-Hur                                                      May 4, 2016

Wiggin, Kate Douglas   The Birds’ Christmas Carol              November 26, 2014

                                      Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm           November 2, 2016

Williamson, C.M. and A.M. My Friend the Chauffeur                October 26, 2011

Wright, Harold Bell       The Calling of Dan Matthews              October 26, 2011

                                      That Printer of Udel’s                           January 14, 2015

Wyss, David                   Swiss Family Robinson                               April 5, 2017

You may use my email: – or write to me by snail mail:

Joe Wheeler, P.O. Box 1246, Conifer, Colorado 80433.

I look forward to hearing back from each of you!

And Blessings for the New Year!


One thought on “Blessed Be Our Cherished Readers

  1. I really enjoyed reading the two books on Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The first book depicts the incredible experience of survival of Crusoe on a lonely Island for over 25 years. What fascinating, hair raising experiences he had.

    The second book tells of Robinson Crusoe’s return to the Island, not to stay for a length of time, but to aid citizens living there from savages. After being a Good Samaritan he embarks on exciting journeys, relating his experiences. I found these volumes fascinating.

    I also enjoyed reading Dicken’s Christmas Carol”. What a story! I have seen the movie many times, but it was good to read the original story.

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