A Little Book Club Housekeeping...
Confession: I haven’t really been into reading this year.
It’s so strange…last year I read so much—as much as I could, actually. I liked the book club selections, I loved our discussions, I raced through other books during down time between months. It was great.
This year when I went to make my book club list I felt a little uninspired. I did my best, but I just don’t feel as excited about the books I chose this year. The weird thing is that most of the books are ones I already know and love. Maybe I’m busier this year, maybe I’ve enjoyed other ways to chill out in the evenings, but I just can’t make myself get into reading.
Until last month.
As of today, I’ve read five books in the last six weeks. Partly it’s because of all the downtime while breastfeeding, but I have finally found some books that really captured me.
Because of this, I’ve decided to switch up the books for the next two months. (I’m basically the dictator of book club…ha!) We were supposed to read Watership Down in September and The Hiding Place in October. Both of these books are uncontested classics, but I just wasn’t feeling them…
Instead, here are the next two books for AG Book Club 2017 ::
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This was a book that my husband read for his book club a few months ago. I would wake up in the middle of the night to find him still awake in bed, reading beside me. Everyone in his book club raved about it, calling it an instant classic (it was first published in 2014). Finally, I took the hint and picked it up myself. Good golly. Talk about a page turner! When you first start reading, it just seems like every other dystopian sci-fi that’s been so popular in recent history. But once you get into it, you realize that it has a lot more going on. I don’t want to tell you more about the plot because so much of it is a surprise, but just think of it as Hunger Games for adults.
Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson
This book had been recommended to me by several people and so when Logan spotted it on Kindle for a couple bucks, he bought it for us. It’s a short, thoughtful and beautifully written meditation on humility. The author, Hannah Anderson, lives in Appalachia with her family, where her husband is a minister at a small country church in the area. Besides being profoundly captivated and convicted by the importance of humility, I found that she also made observations about many other things with surprising freshness and clarity. While I read it, I kept thinking, “I’d love to talk about this with women at book club!” I expect we’ll especially like discussing the chapters on body image and desire.
There! Two new books for the fall. Also, book club at my house on Thursday to discuss I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. Can’t wait!