Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Book Club Selections

I’m almost done setting up my reading challenges for the year. I need to sign up for the 2015 Historical Fiction Challenge, but that is on hold, as the challenge is being hosted on a different blog this year. As soon as it is up and running, I will sign up.

So that leaves only an informal commitment I have to my book club. Our book club meets in person each month for discussion and sociallization. We choose eleven books to read during the year, with the December meeting being all about the socialization. We do a Christmas brunch!

The commitment I make each year is to read each book, and attend as many discussions as I can. We don’t have a regular meeting day or time. It is always a Saturday, but we adjust the week and time each month to accomodate as many members as possible. I make a good attempt to read every book, but also allow myself to set it aside if I have read a good portion and really dislike it. As long as I’ve read enough to have a valid opinion and to participate in the discussion, I don’t torture myself. I also try to read through the discussion questions and jot down some discussion points for each book, though this is often done ‘mentally’.

We don’t choose the entire year in advance, but we have chosen our selections through May. Here they are.

January — Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
February — Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
March — The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
April — Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
May — The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbach

We also have a few ‘maybe’s on your list. I placed them all on a Riffle shelf.
What do you think of our selections so far? Have you read any of these? What else would you recommend for a book club?
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