Book Club

Book Club Picks

A few of the girls at my office started a book club, picking typically from Reese Witherspoon’s list. I figured it could be helpful to share our thoughts in hopes that you might pick one of these books for a book club, or just to read on your own.

It has been a great place to push ourselves to read things we might not normally pick (and of course drink some good wine).

Apr 2019: We The Jury by Robert Rotstein

This story surrounds a jury (and members of staff) on a case where a man has murdered his wife. Battered spouse? Or abuser trying to get away with murder?

Each member of the jury, staff member, lawyer, etc., has their own voice and personality which brings a lot to each perspective.

This book is a little hard to get into, but it picks up. One quick note – I don’t recommend the audio version. It’s a much better read than listen.

March 2019: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This book was given to by my friend Heather for my birthday this year, so I was excited to have it for our book club!

The Immortalists follow four siblings after their date of death is predicted. How do their lives change? How do they cope with this knowledge, if it even is true?

This book is by far the best book for discussion that we’ve chosen so far.

Feb 2019: Becoming by Michelle Obama

This book was a joy to read.

While there are a few parts that aren’t as exciting, it isn’t because the stories are written poorly. All of us found different points in her life to be “most interesting” to us, and the spots I found a little lacking where perfect for others.

It’s a great read for all ages and backgrounds.

I read the hardcopy (which has a few pictures!), but she narrates the audiobook!

Jan 2019: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t finish this book. I wasn’t loving it, and it sounds like the book club didn’t either. They did say that the last two chapters and the epilogue made it all worth it!

Dec 2018: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

I didn’t love this book. I will say that it kept my interest going and I didn’t want to stop until I figured the mystery out.

The characters were fairly interesting (with four best friends from high school that meet back up because a body has been found), but the story wrapped up very quickly.

We gave it 3 stars.

Nov 2018: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Spoiler alert – I didn’t actually read this book (yet), but I can pass along the feedback from my coworkers: it was good, but wrapped up quickly.

 

Oct 2018: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

We agreed that we would have likely never picked this book on our own, but Reese recommended it so we dove right in. I’m glad that we did because it was full of important topics and gave us a lot to discuss.

How would we have acted as the parent in this scenario?

We gave this four stars.

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