So, either I’m too excited about reading or I’ve gone a little mental (perhaps both) but I’ve just started to run my second book club at the library.
I run a fairly successful fiction book club at my library that is mostly attended by women much older than myself. There is one exception. One woman who attends is closer to my age. She confided in me that she often is afraid to voice her opinions of certain topics in the books we read because the other women will judge her or get upset with what she says.
That made me think – I want younger voices! And I want to read YA books!
So, I have taken up the effort (along with a co-worker) and we are attempting to run a 20’s/30’s book club in our local martini bar. The first meeting’s attendance wasn’t great but I have faith for the future!
This month we read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Another graphic novel! This one is a graphic memoir by Roz Chast.
I asked my Book Club ladies to at least try it. There were reports from other book club leaders that some were grumbling from this choice – so, what did the ladies think?
Today’s Drink: Mocha
Today’s Read: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
This week’s children’s lit post is a chapter book! One of our librarians has been book talking this book so I gave it a try.
Reading Level: 3rd – 5th Grade
Genre: Science Fiction
Appeals: Animals, Friendship, Islands, Robots, Orphaned Animals, Survival, Leisurely Paced
This book popped up on my Goodreads account as a recommended read. A cursory glance at the plot (and, lets be honest, that gorgeous cover) made me literally yell out across the office to our YA buyer to put the book on order.
I run a fiction book club at my library. This month’s book was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. While I was pulling books last night for the book club ladies to read it occurred to me that this would make a good blog post!
We chose the book club book for this month before we knew the HBO show was coming out around the same time. The book club loved connecting to two and talking about what they liked and disliked about each.
Let it be known: I am a sucker for all things Old Hollywood. You put Audrey Hepburn’s face on it – or mention her as a character – and I am sold.
That being said, I’m so completely surprised that this book hadn’t found its way to me before this moment. But I’m happy that it came into my life at the right time. The whole series gave me serious According to Jane by Marilyn Brant vibes (one of my all time fav pieces of Women’s Lit). Now on to the actual reviewing!
Oh boy. The Monday after a holiday weekend is even more brutal now that I’m the one hosting relatives instead of the one visiting. Staying up late (I haven’t known the world past 11 p.m. in recent months) and waking up early to make sure everyone has someone to talk to in the morning and knows how to start the coffee maker means no time to sleep. Luckily my family is worth it.
Today’s Drink: Hot Mocha (much needed)
Today’s Read: Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay
This book doesn’t even need my praise but it has it. Are you kidding me with this book?
I immediately put in on my To Read list when people were throwing around words like “reminiscent of The Night Circus.” If that’s what you heard and you’re looking for…maybe just go reread Night Circus. BUT I will say it has similar tone. There is that feeling of serious consequences and impending trouble. Another element they share is a magical universe that is widely known and revered. People cannot wait to let themselves free in this magical world and live a different life for a little while.
Monday is my evening shift at the library. That means bright and early Monday morning is for errand running, a less crowded gym, and a peaceful hour or so spent at the breakfast table with a book and something good to drink. Oh, and a little blogging, too!
Today’s drink: Homemade Iced Salted Caramel Latte
Today’s read: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Here are my thoughts so far.