Every dreaded part of our bimonthly coed book club meetings is the end of the night when, full wine, food and good conversation, we all need to agreed upon what to read next. Our goal for the club is to read a book that we normally would not pick up, one a little outside our comfort zone, but one that either has some buzz or is compelling to our little group. We discovered that if we don’t pick a book on the spot, picking one via text in the following days is about as easy as nailing a pie to a wall. We all come equipped with one pick that we try to sell to the group, and the book club host is the final decider if we’re torn between a few choices. We all have a tacit agreement that we will read in fact the book before our meeting and exuberantly discuss it among the myriad of other topics we cover each evening,
Here is every book we’ve read so far, with a grade next to it.
March 2017 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Grade: B+
May 2017 Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders
Grade: B (the men in our group liked it much more than the women)
July 2017 A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
Grade: A (loved by all of us, our favorite selection so far)
August 2017 Hillybilly Elegy by JD Vance Grade: B-
November 2017 Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann Grade: B-
December 2018 Last Night At The Lobster by Stewart Nan Grade: A- (short but sweet)
February 2018 Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Grade: B+
March 2018 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Grade: B
May 2018 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
June 2018 Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Grade: C+
August 2018 Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li Grade: C
Please feel free to comment back with your favorite book club recommendations.
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
~Ursula K. Le Guin