Book Club

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).

April 2020

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

February 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!

January 2020

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

I wrote about this book in a separate post here – check it out! Spoiler alert: very insightful.

July 2019

Norco 80 by Peter Houlahan

This is the unbelievable true story of a bank robbery in 1980 that you (most likely) haven’t heard about.

This book is incredibly interesting, but also incredibly dense. We gave ourselves an extra week to read and I’m so glad we did!

April 2020

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This book was an exciting read because you’re given a snapshot of five years in the future at the beginning of the book and then you have to follow for those years to see how it comes about. There are many twists and turns (some predictable, some not) which make the read even more of a page turner.

I loved talking about this book with my book club friends throughout the month because we were all at different points in the book and our opinions of characters and situations kept changing based on how far along you were.

This was a fun read, but we all agreed that we wouldn’t be super keen on learning what was going to happen in five years.

November 2019

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

May 2019

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

This is a fictional retelling of William & Kate. While it definitely felt like the Royal family, she has a lot of fun with the plot.

This was a huge crowd favorite amongst us all and we can’t wait for their next book in June of 2020!

November 2018

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Spoiler alert – I didn’t actually read this book when we read it for book club, but I did finish this book.

It was well-worth the wait (and the hype). There were parts that had me needing to push through, but all in all it was a fantastic read.

 

March 2020

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

This book was much more divisive than I had anticipated! I loved this book. I loved the characters, their journey’s, and their development. However, many fellow book clubbers commented that the story was a little predictable. While I’d agree, I think it’s so much more than that.

This book, oddly enough, reminded me quite a bit of Gilmore Girls because of the rebellion and mother-daughter relationship.

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.

April 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.

I was on a jury a little bit ago, too!

October 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.

February 2020

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I wrote about this book in a separate post on the blog here – check it out! Spoiler alert: this was a very divisive book.

June 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I really like this book, but my friends were a bit taken aback at how different the book is from the summary online.

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.

March 2019

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This book was given to me 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.

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.

January 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!

December 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.

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