I really love a good book club. So much so that somehow, over the course of the past year, I have involved myself in not one, not two, but THREE of them. You don’t have to be particularly bright to realize that three book clubs is way too many book clubs and fortunately for the sake of my sanity, I’ve now whittled it down to about 1.5 book clubs. Which is probably still too many. But for now, this will have to do.
One interesting thing about these book clubs is that none of them have happened in person. I’ve spent the last year doing a lot of moving around and thus, inconveniently, the people I love to read with have not been near me. No monthly dinner party book chats shared with a glass of wine happening over here.
But fear not, because the brilliant and highly literate Tuesday has come up with the perfect and most aesthetically pleasing solution for a long distance book club in the form of my Christmas present last year: A book club calendar. AKA the gift that keeps on giving.
Last November, Tuesday and I created a list of six books we each wanted to read in 2016 and she compiled them into a beautiful calendar with quotes from the books and seasonally appropriate images. Each month (sometimes twice per month if we’re really on top of it) we have a phone call to discuss the book and it’s such a fun and special time to share ideas and to stay caught up, both on our reading and our friendship.
Five months in, I have to say it’s one our better decisions of the year. Though there have been times where I especially have gotten really behind on the reading, it’s been such a beautiful experience. Everyone should make one of these — highly recommend.
Here’s what we’re reading this year:
- January – The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
- February – Notes from No Man’s Land, Eula Biss
- March – Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- April – The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
- May – Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
- June – The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
- July – A Widow’s Story, Joyce Carol Oates
- August -Purity, Jonathan Franzen
- September – Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
- October – Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
- November – Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
- December – The House of Spirits, Isabel Allende