August and Books
This place is slowly turning into a blog about reading books and creating an intentional home. I’m not complaining. To that end, I have a few book updates I thought would be best grouped together in one post.
- I picked the winners of the signed copies of Shadow of Night.
- Our book pick for this month is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I know we discussed this a few months ago, but I didn’t think a reminder would hurt. Since this is August, the month of vacations and back-to-school, I thought it would be a safe bet to pick something many have already read. It’s our sciencey-biography read, in keeping with our goal to read something different every month. I’ll be honest–this is the one I’m scared to start reading. I never finish biographies/journalism type books. They all start strong, but somewhere around the middle of each book I get bored. We are discussing this book MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd.
- Not a week goes by where someone isn’t recommending to me one book or another and, frankly, I love it. Keep the recommendations coming, please.
- Have you been back to thepinterest book club board lately? The books there will have you beating down the doors to your library or bookstore, and I say that honestly because I’m not the one doing most of the pinning. I am responsible for less than 1% of the pins on that board. Yesterday I searched online for more books to pin and stumbled across some book lists. I compared them to our book club board and cackled maniacally. We crushed them. Like dominated their puny little lists into submission with a wide and varied selection of awesome. If you would like to contribute to that board, please let me know. I’m looking for people familiar with young adult literature and classical literature, but passionate readers of any genre are welcome to join. Please leave a link to your pinterest profile in the comments. I’ll need it to invite you.
- Speaking of Young Adult literature, if you have something you would like to recommend for September, I’m all ears. We were originally going to alternate months, but I am so unfamiliar and so skittish of young adult books that I let that part of the book club slip. Mea culpa.
- I really liked having our books picked out three months in advance. I can only handle so many first world problems in my life, and picking the books out in advance gave me more time to contemplate my navel. So far we have read Contemporary Fiction; Young Adult; Cookbook; Fantasy; Memoir/Humor; Historical Fiction/Paranormal; Biography/Science. We’re missing a mystery, some classical literature (classical as in widely acknowledged as great, not classical as in ancient society–though that’s fine, too), and…what else? October is going to be my 31 Days of William Morris month again, and I thought it might be motivating to read something about consumerism, decluttering, and simple living.
- One last one: if you are a fan of Shadow of Night and are as intrigued as I am with the Elizabethan history behind the book, you’ll really enjoy this pinterest board devoted to the history and imagery in the book. Fascinating stuff.