Six years ago, my grandma, four aunts, mom, cousin and I formed a little book club. I think it started out as an excuse to get together and eat yummy food more than anything, but before we knew it, things were getting pretty serious.
- We made a chant that we never actually finish because we start laughing too hard mid-way every.single.time.
- We take pictures at each meeting in which we act out a scene from the book. Except six months later even WE have no idea what in the world we were going for.
- We progressed to having the odd meeting where we actually talk about the book for MORE than 15 minutes before getting distracted by Christmas planning, etc.
(I’m pretty sure they’re sawing me in half in this picture to display a magician’s trick.
And yes, we are wearing matching shirts.)
So I guess we’re not THAT serious of a book club. ha! But our little group is so dear to me and I hope our club has at least as many years in front of it as it does behind. I think my two favourite parts about it (other than spending time with women that I love so much) is that:
a) I read many books that I wouldn’t usually gravitate towards and
b) I get to discuss them with ladies from various stages of life with different perceptions and reactions
Of the 36 books that we have read so far, the following 6 were home runs to me. I’m sure every lady would have a different list and I consider that to be the very beauty of a book club. If you’re in the market for new reading material, I hope one of them calls out to you!
1. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
This novel was beautifully written and its storyline just marked me. It’s about a little girl who locks her brother in a cupboard, thinking she’ll be right back, but ends up getting arrested by the French police as part of the Vel’ d’Hiv round-up. 60 years later, a journalist sets out on a mission to uncover the little girl’s story and we get to follow along on her quest. Not the lightest read, but one I won’t be forgetting.
2. Room by Emma Donoghue
Oh my goodness… this book. It’s narrated entirely by 5 year-old Jack, who has never seen anything outside of the room he and his mother are imprisoned in. It took me a little while to get accustomed to the voice of the book (it’s truly written like a 5 year old is talking) but then I fell in love. Hard. Like anything so unique, it’s polarizing and not for everyone. But OH was it for me.
3. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
This was the first historical fiction that I ever read and I was amazed at its ability to get me interested in the era (the Tudor period). It admittedly doesn’t have the same “can’t put it down” quality as some on the list, but I’m really glad I read it and think it’s so neat to hypothesize what people may have been thinking as they made decisions that shaped history.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This book is quirky and clever and witty and hilarious. Don is a brilliant and exceptionally awkward genetics professor. When he decides it’s about time he found a wife, he initializes The Wife Project, which he approaches with the same type of regimented protocol as he approaches his research. I got so attached to this guy and couldn’t stop laughing out loud at his literal interpretations of everything.
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
This is not at all the type of book I would expect myself to like based on the synopsis. But it is SO GRIPPING. Graphic and raw in every sense, don’t pick this up expecting to feel uplifted. But if you’re wanting a plot that is complex and that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, you won’t be disappointed.
6. Somewhere Inside by Lisa & Laura Ling
I’m a big fan of Lisa Ling and her journalism (remember when she used to be on Oprah?). So when I saw that she had co-written a book recounting her sister’s period of captivity in North Korea (!!!) I was very intrigued. It was really well written, taught me a lot about the country and had me in a constant state of gratitude for being safe and free in my home.
Gators, thanks for the company, the insight and the laughs. I adore each of you.
And to the rest of you beautiful people, happy reading and happy weekend!
And please tell, what are your favourite-ever reads?!