Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Book Club

Starting in January, I'm going to start my own online book club where I (and whoever would like to join me) will read a selected book a month and then discuss it on my blog.

Since I finished school last April, I find myself wasting my time after I put my kids to bed. Ideally, that would be the perfect time to have one-on-one time with my husband, but it's also his time to work on his Master's degree. So what do I do? I watch what ever trash I can find on the tele, sit around thumbing through old Pottery Barn catalogs drooling, or worst of all, I find myself using food as a cure for boredom--I refuse to go up a size in jeans and currently my size ?'s are getting quite synched around the waste line (and every other line). For these reasons (and because I find my vocabulary waning with each day) I have decided to start a book club--even if I'm the only participant.

So here's my question for you: What books are you interested in reading or what books have you enjoyed enough that you'd read again (or at least pretend that you'd read it again)?

General Guidelines: I wouldn't mind getting more familiar with the classics, reading an interesting biography, a good self help/ parenting book or even the 7th Harry Potter whenever that comes out. I want books that will engage my mind and keep me interested--oh, one more thing--No Louis Lamoure. Other than that, I'm all ears to your suggestions.

8 comments:

older singer said...

I love Greg Orr's _The Blessing_, which is probably available for a very cheap price. Beautiful memoir of Orr reflecting on his life and the indelible scars left from a childhood accident wherein his rifle went off and killed his brother.
I need to re-read _The Brothers Karamazov_, and I loved _Gilead_ but have never read _Housekeeping_ (I forget the author's name)--and I'd love to. Bruce suggests C.S. Lewis's _The Great Divorce_. He would love to send everyone in the group extensive handouts and maybe even give you college credit if you can read it and write a research paper on the natural semiotics Lewis implies by the hard grass of Heaven.

Kaila said...

Those all sound great! That would be fun to have dad do a guest blog on The Great Divorce. Could I handle a book where one child accidentally kills his brother?

ML said...

not nearly so esoteric, but I like The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series and The Education of Little Tree.

older singer said...

There's a lovely Young Adult book called _Touching Spirit Bear_ too. Kaila, you would indeed be able to handle Orr's work, but it is pretty heavy. I've heard of _The Education of Little Tree_ but have never read it. Sounds fun.

Henry Parents said...

The Great Divorce sounds interesting. I have been reading Mere Christianity on and off the last few weeks and have enjoyed it.

Factotum said...

I am kind of leaning towards some CS Lewis--I haven't read him in a while.

older singer said...

Both _The Great Divorce_ and _The Screwtape Letters_ are wonderful and rather quick reads. (And I assume you're planning on reading the Chronicles of Narnia to your children before they're out of elementary school.)

Factotum said...

Absolutely I am! I've read the Screwtape Letters and am so tempted to read it again because I loved it; however, I don't think I've ever read the great divorce so that's probably a better option.