Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Club for the next year!!!

I love going to book club...It forces me to read books that I might not have picked up otherwise, as well as gives me one night a month to spend with friends.  Accepting the invitation of my sister to join book club when I first moved to EP was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Even though I'm not a mom and not homeschooling (this book club was started as an adjunct to the local Catholic Home-school Group), they have embraced me and I value all of their friendships immensely.

Thankfully, the ladies aren't like this...I think it comes from the fact that all of them are busy moms--read the book or don't, but still come for the fellowship!
 So, after all of us voted on close to 50 books, our choices for the next year have been chosen.  The winners are:

  • August: The School if the Family by Chantal Howard
  • September: The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton
  • October: Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home by Sheri Booker
  • November: Miracles of Father Kapuan: Priest, Soldier, Korean War Hero by Ray Wenzl
    • we were told last night that this book was voted for by all but one of us.
  • December: No Meeting
  • January: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • February: The Ear of the Heart by Mother Delores Hart
  • March:  Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel on Prayer by Thomas Dubay
  • April: Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
  • May:  Imitating Mary, Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom by Marge Fenelon
  • June: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • July: The One Thing is Three by Michael Gaitley
It is kind of interesting, because we usually have more fiction on the list, but it looks like there are only 3 fiction titles on the list this year...we also have more memoirs this year.  I think that many of us need to quit reading Jennifer Fulweiler's blog, since many of the memoirs are books she recommended!!!  It is also nice to see that Austen made the list this year--we seem to read one of her novels every other year or so.  We didn't read her this past year, but we read Bronte's Jane Eyre, as well as another Ann Patchett Novel.  We seem to read Patchett every other year, too.  Two years ago, we read Patron Saint of Liars by her and all of us agreed that we didn't like the ending.  It is one of the things that is most frustrating about Patchett--it is like she never really finishes her books!

I'm kind of sad because I'm going to miss book club in September, since I will be on my Camino, especially since the Fr. Brown novel is one of the books that I recommended to the club.  At least I already have it downloaded to my iPad Mini (free e-book!!!), so I will likely read it while in Spain, if not before.

Me reading with my critters.  I have been using e-books almost exclusively for the last 4-5 years!
I will be leading the discussion in October and April this year.  I'm looking forward to it!