Book Club Reading

My book club (one of the two) met last night. I went sheepishly, having read only half of one of the two books we elected to read. We actually chose three, one of which we’ve already discussed at our “halfsies” book club meeting, which falls between our regular meetings (these chicks read a lot). This is in drastic contrast to my other book club, which chose one book almost three months ago and still has not met to discuss.

Anyway, I read half of The Paris Wife, loving the first few chapters and then finding myself not terribly excited to continue. I was interested in the characters — who isn’t interested in the life of a celebrated writer? But I have to be dying to pick up a book these days to get it read, with so much else going on. (Soccer, swimming, the constant expectation of food, clean clothes, a clean house… oh, yeah, and I’m supposed to be writing.) At least I wasn’t alone in my indifference to the book — though it did spark a decent discussion of fact versus fiction, why an author would choose to write a barely fictionalized account instead of a biography, and talk about the recently re-edited A Moveable Feast.

The second book, The House I Loved, I didn’t even manage to begin. I have to report that the other members of my club weren’t too excited about this one, either, especially after reading the incredible Sarah’s Key. We even all shared a sense of indifference to the books we’ve tried to read since trudging through the pages of these two less-than-enthralling reads. And this is not to say that either of these books is bad — just that neither was a really continually compelling story.

For our next meeting, we selected three more books — one for our halfsies club, and two short novellas for our regular meeting. None of the three were anything I would have probably chosen on my own, and they are all short (so I view them as a small commitment!) We’ve chosen:

No Cheating, No Dying by Elizabeth Weil — kind of an unusual pick for us, but we’re all moms of young kids, so this is an area of interest for sure (it’s one woman’s story about how she tried to make her own marriage better).

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
AND We the Animals by Justin Torres

Of course in my own time, I’m reading a few other things…

A Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
From the Storm by Adrian Walker
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

What are you reading lately?

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