Friday, September 25, 2009

My Book Club

Okay, first I've got to say the schedule worked out well yesterday! I got my 1000 words, I went to the park with the kids and I even got a little bit of yard work and cleaning done! That said, it seems like my schedules almost always work for a day or two and the I lapse back into disorganization. So the real test will be whether or not it's still working next week.

Moving on...

Four years ago my friends and I decided to start a book club. Most of us are moms and we don't get out much so we thought a book club would give us a good excuse to leave the kids with our husbands one evening a month and get together.

I love book club. We meet every month (mostly) and discuss our book (for a few minutes) and then we chat about LIFE. Some of the books get more detailed discussions and some don't even get read, but all of them provide us with the opportunity to meet.

Last night we had book club. We discussed The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Some of the girls loved it and some hated it, but we all agreed that the symbolism was fascinating. For book club we read a variety of books from classics and memoirs to women's fiction and young adult.

Some of my favorites have been:

A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
Life of Pi- Yann Martel
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
Bridge to Terabithia- Katherine Paterson
Return of the Native- Thomas Hardy

We are always looking for a great book or at least a book that's fun to discuss. Do you have any suggestions for great book club reads?

17 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

As much as I read, I'm so not well read. I've only read one of those books on your favorites list (maybe two, but I'm not sure). I would say that I need to buckle down and read more, but lately whenever I read I feel like I should be using that time to write. I need to work on finding a better balance.

One of my favorite classic books is Witch of Blackbird Pond. I still re-read it every few months.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Oh there are just so many. Have you read that Twilight book? LOL. Kidding!
Alice Hoffman is one of my favs. I always cry at some point during her books. She wigged out recently in the media and caught a lot of grief for it, but she does write some beautiful stories.
And I'm in love with Seth from Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.

Tabitha Bird said...

Hey Natalie, I have a book club too and we meet once a month as well. Same as yours, books get discussed, but LIFE takes up most of the talk time. This next month we are reading 'Dear Fatty' by Dawn French. It is supposed to be very funny :)

Vonna said...

I was in a book club for about eight years. Most of us did not know each other outside the book club, so the discussion was primarily about books. Some books which produced the most animated discussions were: The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer; The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins; and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. As I said, these books provoked great discussions, but that doesn't mean everyone enjoyed them equally. I guess that's what made our discussions so interesting.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I've wanted to read Life of Pi.

Congrats for getting so much done!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Oh my gosh, yes. I've loved every book club I've been a part of (and moving around a lot, it's been many). We've read some of your books. Here are some things we've read and things I've found on my own these last few years:

The Color of Water
The Education of Little Tree
Rebecca
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Pilgrim's Progress
The Shell Seekers
I Capture the Castle
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Brothers Karamozov
The Heaven Tree Trilogy
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Holes
Into Thin Air
Seven Years in Tibet
Time Traveler's Wife
The Namesake
The Chosen
Possession
Night
Angel of Repose
A Lesson Before Dying
Jayber Crow
The Road from Coorain
Madame Bovary
Atonement
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Saving Fish from Drowning
Old Jules
The Age of Innocence
The God of Small Things
Peak
Fever 1793
The Kitchen Boy
Sarah's Key
Persuasion
The Chosen One
Love, Aubrey
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Three Cups of Tea

Sorry to go on and on. Book clubs are my passion. It is so satisfying now that I'm not teaching to maintain those reading relationships with my students through afternoon book clubs. Hooray for reading and experiencing literature together.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Vonna, I took an African novel class in college and loved Things All Apart. I picked up The Secret History this summer and was completely involved. Can you believe it was written during her undergrad years??

Also loved The Poisonwood Bible. The Moonstone is on my shelf, waiting to be read. And Life of Pi. Amazing.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Oops. Things Fall Apart. I really am done now.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I've always had a real affection for Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. If she were real, we'd be friends.

Now, I am really walking away from the Internet and getting on the laptop. Time to write.

Heather Sunseri said...

I have The Book Thief sitting in front of me right now. Looking forward to finally getting to read it!

Lazy Writer said...

I loved all those books you listed. My book club fell apart a couple of years ago. I really miss it. A Fine Balance is a deep, good discussion book, and I believe the last one I read for my book club. Congrats on sticking to your schedule yesterday.

Marybeth Poppins said...

A bunch of books to add to my list! Sweet!

I've read quite a few in the last month. I really enjoyed John Green's writing. And the Percy Jackson series.

Hope you find some good books :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Has your club read any Louise Erdrich or Ursula LeGuin? Two powerful authors of very different material. I haven't read it yet but I'm fascinated by what I'm hearing of Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood. I have never forgotten the impact of The Handmaid's Tale.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I've read all but the Life of Pi and the Book Thief, so I'll have to look into those. I liked The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls. Another great one is The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale-a Newberry Honor Book. Classics-loved Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, but it's long.

jkinkade said...

Wow, after reading this, I'm hungry for a good read. I've got the Templar Legacy right now. Can't really recommend it. But I also have Chasing Shakespeare in the queue. I heard that Water for Elephants is great and will probably get to it when I'm done with the ones I mentioned.

Terri Tiffany said...

I just love that you do this with the other women! I would love to be in a group like that here:)

Jody Hedlund said...

What a wonderful thing to do with other women! What a blessing to have that time together! I don't know that I'd have the time at this point in my life, but I will tuck that away for the future!