July 10, 2012

I Know It's Only July, But...

With our 2012 reading schedule set (assuming any of you are even reading the selections any more), I'm already looking forward to 2013. There are so many great books out there, it's hard to narrow it down to just twelve, plus they need to be twelve books that are discussion worthy (assuming again that any one has read the book to be able to discuss it!).

Linda has suggested we read something by the author Sarah Vowell. Her most recent book is Assassination Vacation but she's written a number of books, anyone of which would give us a lot to talk about. Vowell is a regular contributor to NPR's "This American Life" and she's both a bright and funny lady.

I've read a lot of books this year that I think would make great book club choices, including Amir Towles' Rules of Civility, Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone, Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and my most recent 5 star read Ami McKay's The Virgin Cure. McKay's name may sound familiar to you - we read her book The Birth House several years ago and it was probably the best discussion we ever had. Although I can never think of that book without thinking of Eleanor. Our discussion brought us around to talking about our own childbirth experiences and Eleanor had experienced three entirely different circumstances. It was fascinating to hear her talk about them.

THE book making the most buzz on book blogs, radio, and in newspaper book reviews is Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. I think this is one we definitely need to add to next year's list.

Mari's most recent "loved it" book is Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers. This would be an entirely different kind of read for us in some ways but it is a story about women that sounds intriguing.

Have you read anything or heard about anything that you think would make a great selection for book club?