Last night was our 9 year anniversary of the book club I belong to. It was also our 100th book! We meet the last Wednesday every month, except in November d/t Thanksgiving we meet the first Wednesday in December and no last Wed in December due to Holidays. This book club means so much to me. The "bookies" are comprised of women of all ages and all life experiences. They are amazing women and I learn so much from listening to them and their life stories and their evaluation/critique of books. We are not a hoitty toitty book club and tend to not like those book that are "must reads" in the high brow literary circuit. We like to have fun and discuss the book at hand, but also discuss life through our meetings. We also enjoy Wine with our book club discussions :). These women have been a part of not only my life, but my children's life- they both as newborns attended their first book clubs weeks after being born. One book club member walked my "challenging" oldest around the block as a newborn so I could just have a minute of peace of quiet, drink of wine and enjoy book club without him attached to me. Another bookie suggested trying the pacifier for my youngest. Despite me trying a few weeks after birth and her wanting nothing to do with it, she gladly took that pacifier a month later at book club- I'm indebted to that bookie forever. I feel like I've been a part off many of these women's own family lives by our meetings monthly. We've even had some of the children of bookies attend book club to discuss books they too have read. We have given each other support during times of tragedy, illness and just overall "life issues". These women are my "peeps". We all bring different things to the book club table, but we all seem to really enjoy each other. I always leave book club feeling happier, more full and loved. Thanks bookies- love you ladies!
So for our 100th book I picked "The Marriage Plot". The person who hosts book club normally picks the book. My all time favorite book club book is "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I had been looking forward to reading "The Marriage Plot"- his second book- due to how much I loved "Middlesex". Well it happened again I picked an author who I have previously read and loved and unfortunately am disappointed greatly with my pick. The first time I did this was with Erik Larson's "Thunderstruck". I loved "Devil in the White City" (excellent book for anyone who loves historical fiction and Chicago- READ IT!). So I picked "Thunderstruck" and was so disappointed. Not a read I would recommend- so was embarrassed that I forced the bookies into reading it.
"Middlesex" Still my favorite Book Club after 9 years.
So I did it again with "The Marriage Plot"- disappointed. A favorite word we use in Book Club "endearing". None of the characters in this novel were "endearing". I kept reading the book thinking the story line was going to improve- it didn't! This book was written with a kind of literary uppityness that none of us from book club really appreciated. I've decided I will not pick another author we've previously read and loved as a second read for book club.
Here are a list of the 100 books we've read over the last 9 years- for anyone interested.
Secret Life of Bees Candy and Me Say When
Plain Song Middlesex Peace Like a River
Bleachers Da Vinci Code Cold Mountain
Mrs. Dalloway 5 people You Meet in Heaven In Her Shoes
Girls Poker Night Spirit Catches You... Autobiography of a Face
Dive from Claussens' Pier Carousel Curious Incident of Dog...
The Reading Group Uncle Tom's Cabin Me and Emma
Maltese Falcon Wicked Gilead
Heart is a lonely hunter Sisterhood of Traveling Pants Mermaid Chair
Hotel Paradise Kite Runner Keeping Faith
She Got Up Off the Couch Big Rock Candy Mountain Light on Snow
Big Stone Gap 5th Horseman Out of the Silent Planet
Cooked and Inner City... The Tortilla Curtain The Alchemist
The Memory Keepers Daughter Thunderstruck Magic Hour
The Glass Castle Sojourner Truth Christ the Lord of Egypt
Not Buying It Arms and the Woman Thousand Splendid Suns
Year of Magical Thinking Rocket Boys The Space Between
I Feel bad about my neck 3 cups of Tea This I believe
Remember me Leaving the Saints Loving Frank
Girls Who Went Away An Acceptable Time The Last Lecture
Road Map to Holland Chicago Way Sisters Mortland
Middle Place Where are you now? Many Lives, Many Masters
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Standing Tall
Girls from Ames Hungry Woman in Paris Book Thief
Persuasion The Believers Pillars of the Earth
The Bean Tree Atonement Peter Pan
Little Heathens The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Shit My Dad Says
The Lolita Effect The Help Her Fearful Symmetry
Little Bee Season of Life Why my 3rd Husband will be a dog
Cutting for Stone In Cold Blood
This year's reads:
Henrietta Lacks Unbroken Handmaid's Tale
Henrietta Lacks Unbroken Handmaid's Tale
Year in Provence Year We Left Home Me Talk Pretty One Day
John Adams State of Wonder Hunger Games