March 2019: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
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
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
Dec 2018: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
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
Oct 2018: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Book Club Picks
A few of my friends at the office office started a book club, and 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).
September 2019: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I enjoyed this book because it was 1) good and 2) short. Sometimes books, mysteries and thrillers in particular, are long just to be long. I didn’t feel as if this book had any superfluous information or subplots I didn’t enjoy.
There are quite a few characters involved in this story and you get a fairly deep dive into each. I can’t say that I was surprised with the “whodunnit,” but the story takes you through quite a few twists and turns.
August 2019: Where’d you Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This book, now a movie staring Cate Blanchette, was one we’d decided to read a long time ago. When we heard it was coming out as a movie, we wanted to – instead of doing “actual book club” – go see the movie together. Unfortunately the movie’s release date was pushed back a few times, but now that it is officially out we pulled the trigger.
This book was a fun read – light, interesting, and funny. There is a little learning curve because the book has no chapters – only fragments of stories, emails, and letters. Once you get the hang of it, though, it isn’t hard to follow.
July 2019: Norco 80 by Peter Houlahan
June 2019: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This is a book about a woman dealing with trauma and growing into herself, not the “romantic comedy” you’re seemingly promised on the back cover.
It’s a hard one to read at times, but well worth it.
May 2019: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Apr 2019: We The Jury by Robert Rotstein
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.
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