New Book Club, New Beginning

Anna and I have had bad luck with book clubs over the last several years, as we continue to seek like-minded individuals who are willing to give anything a try in their reading and not quit a book club simply because they hate one of the books they’ve read.

This past Saturday, we met with our new book club at Novel Places — my new favorite bookstore. Our meeting lasted about 2 hours as we browsed the books — used and new — and chatted about how we’d select the books we’d read. So far, we have all our books through August selected. A few of our members were not able to make the meeting, so I suspect their book nominations will fill out the rest of the year. We have an interesting mix of classic and contemporary fiction, historical fiction, scifi-like fiction, and nonfiction. I cannot wait until the February meeting where we’ll talk about our first book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

In case you’re interested in the rest of our list, here it is:

Feb.: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
March: Star Wars & Philosophy by Kevin Decker
April: A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
May: City of Thieves by David Benioff
June: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
July: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Aug.: Ashes by Ilsa Bick

What will your book club be reading?


  1. Wonder how I missed this post? Thanks to Ti telling me you posted our list, I found it! 😉

    I do hope this book club works. I am very pleased that everyone welcomed The Girl into the group and even let her nominate some books. Since she’ll be there every month anyway, it really made her happy.

  2. Good luck with your book club. I hope it works out for you guys this time. I’d love to join a book club but doubt I’d be able to keep up.

  3. My bookclub has a provisional list all the way through to the end of the year but it is likely to change at some point. The first couple of books are The Great Gatsby, 84 Charing Cross Road and then Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

    Last year was my first year at this book club and I wasn’t sure initially but I have really enjoyed my time with them and I am looking forward to the coming reads for this year.

    • I’ll be reading The Great Gatsby this year too….and hopefully Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I hope you enjoy this year’s picks.

  4. Good luck with the new club! I’ve never been in one, but I have to admit the book that the library’s club is reading looked interesting.

  5. I wish you much success with your new book club. We’ve tried to get one going but no one wants to do the work..except for a few of us which doesn’t seem fair. I would be in your club for sure! 😀

  6. Good luck. I think this list is a good sign that things will work out this time. It’s varied, yet balanced and interesting at the same time.

  7. I hope this book club works out for you. I have been to a few and luckily for me they mix of people always worked. The book clubs were large enough that if people decided to skip a book, it didn’t really matter. There was always someone there to make up for there absence.

    My book club is reading Warmth of Other Suns for February. We still have to pick out books for the next couple of months.

    Again, good luck on your new book club.

  8. I hope this book club works out for you!


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