Two Book Club Meetings

Posted February 20, 2012 by Whitney in books / 4 Comments

Okay, this is not a classic post but I like recording my thoughts on my book club if only for myself.  Today I am summarizing December and January’s meeting.

December Cleopatra: a biography by Stacy Schiff:  For the December meeting my mom and I offered to hold the meeting at our house as we decorate over the top for Christmas.  I always send an email reminder, and only had one person RSVP.  We knocked ourselves out getting ready, finishing decorations and setting out coffee and cookies only to have two people show up.  And the RSVPer?  No show.  I will say that the book was horrible and read like a text book so to some degree I could understand, if I wasn’t hosting I’m not sure I would go either.  Although I would RSVP!  Anyway, it was a disappointment.

January The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard:  Finally, a book everyone liked!  It wasn’t thought-provoking Pulitzer Prize material but the plot was intriguing, with believable characters and a twist at the end.  A few people read it in a day.

Note:  isn’t it funny how you sometimes have more to say on a book you hate rather than one you liked?  Maybe you pick your words more carefully on a good book and fly off the handle and rant with the other.

We also picked the next four books:

March: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
April: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
May: The Bad Seed by William March
July: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

P.S.  does anyone know anything about Jayber Crow?  Another member picked and can’t find a good synopsis on it.  Google has pulled it up on several Christian sites, does that mean its a Christan novel — because I’m an atheist!

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4 responses to “Two Book Club Meetings

  1. JP

    I've never heard of Jayber Crow. I'm just stopping in to say that I'm glad your book club enjoyed The Scent of Lightening and Rain. I just traded for it on Paperbackswap, so I'm happy to know it's well liked!

  2. I don't know anything about Jayber Crow, but I don't know Wendell Berry as a Christian author–I have read his novel The Memory of Old Jack and his book of poems Given and I didn't notice anything Christian about them. 🙂

    • Thanks for your input on Jayber Crow. I finally found an in-dept synopsis and the main theme is the contrast between sustainable agriculture and modern farming practices. I live in a rural area so the choice makes sense. Anyway, the main character is a divinity student so that could explain the Google search.

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