Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Night Book Club

My book club met tonight, although only about half of us made it. That's why our club is about the perfect size -- not too big when we all show up, but big enough even with low attendance. We picked The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman as the book. It was a good selection in that everyone liked it, although it didn't generate a lot of controversy. Some of us had gone ahead to read other books in the series, which is a sign of popularity -- one purpose of our book club is to find good books, so that's a sign that something worked.

Turns out that one member had recommended this for us several years ago, but for some reason it didn't get picked. Maybe that's why I recognized the title on my New Zealand's friend bookcase, which led to my reading it and suggesting it again when we needed a fast book for our September meeting. The stress of having such a late pick led us to spend the rest of the evening plotting the rest of our year (and trading cooking hints, at which I contributed several imaginative ways to mess up.

In case anyone wants to follow along with us for the rest of the year, here are the picks:

Image of itemOctober (romance) 
The Grand Sophy
Image of itemby Georgette Heyer.  Yes, we have read this before, but we picked it again because it is awesome and the library has many copies. Feel free to enhance your month with additional Heyers if you feel the need.

November (sci fi. Sorta.) 
by Michael Crichton
Image of itemWe wanted to read a Crichton, but this one looked rather long, so we pushed it back a month to give us a running start. Some of us had read this in the distant past and remembered a variety of interesting characters, which sounded good.
December (ya)  
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan
This is a nice short children's book for our December, written by two fairly famous YA authors. I've already read this -- I brought the audio tape for my summer car trip and then couldn't listen to it with the kids around because of all the swearing. But it's a cute read. 
January (movie) 
Much Ado About Nothing
Joss Whedon (Director)

Possible for later: 
  • Fantasy, YA - Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
  • Mystery - Shop Till You Drop (A Dead-End Job Mystery #1) by Elaine Viets
  • Bring a Friend Non-Fiction - Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • Non-Fiction - Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
  • YA based in Seattle- Runner by Carl Deuker 

1 comment:

kmitcham said...

Much Ado was really good.