My local book club is a small yet loyal group of women that I’m growing to love. We’ve been meeting now for almost a year and we’re beginning to get to know each other’s literary likes and dislikes. We’re also selecting some titles I most likely wouldn’t have selected on my own. I’m really enjoying what is engaging me and what isn’t. Here’s a look at our last two selections:
Our book club selects our monthly titles from a randomly generated list of three books that have been suggested by our members. I don’t remember having heard of this book or the author when it was offered as an option. I can’t even remember anymore if I voted for it. When it was selected, I dutifully picked up a used copy and then promptly forgot about it until three days before our book club meeting. I freaked out a little bit because my reading has been slower and I had two or three other book-related obligations around the same time. What I found was that this book was a fast read and I enjoyed every moment of it. It wasn’t a perfect book, but I really appreciated what it had to say about the true nature of love. I also enjoyed the scenes that take place during a cruise on the Yangtze river in China before it was dammed. I really had no expectations going in and was so happy to have read it and to be able to discuss it with the book club. We had one of the best discussions yet. Since my library didn’t have a copy of the book, I donated the one I’d bought so that others in our area would have the opportunity to discover it like I did.
I do not read a lot of graphic novels, but my youngest daughter loves mermaids. For whatever reason, the excuse to read a graphic novel and my daughter’s interests were enough to get my vote for the July book club meeting. This book also wasn’t part of our library system, so I purchased it from my local Barnes and Noble. Unlike in June with Dream of the Blue Room, I didn’t want to wait until the last minute to read this because my studying for the PMP exam was well under way. I read this book in quick bursts of reading. I’m not sure if it was the way in which I read the book, my general lack of understanding about the graphic novel art form, or that I had no one to bounce my questions off of, but this book left me wondering about Captain Twain and what I even thought about the reading experience. My sister’s visit from Chicago happened to coincide with book club night, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk about it there, either. I feel there was some significance to the different ways in which Mark Siegel drew his characters, especially Captain Twain. If you happened to have read this book and have any thoughts about that, I’d love to hear them.
For August the book club is reading the book selected for a valley-wide read, Wish You Well by David Baldacci. I happen to have a copy that I bought at Barnes and Noble a couple of years ago when I bought his latest at the time for my dad for Christmas. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. It will be my first Baldacci.
Has your book club been reading anything good recently? Which titles have made for your best discussions?