Monday #2: Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  Maybe you will try to find some time to sit and read a good book by the pool on what is usually considered the last day of summer.  This past Friday was my book club’s annual Syllabus Party, the yearly event where we follow the back-to-school schedule and create our reading list for the next twelve months.  Since the post on my Book Club came in on the Top 3 most-read list of this blog, I present to you book lovers out there our very democratically chosen titles for the next calendar year:

  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana deRosnay
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Dîaz
  • Pope Joan by Donna Wolfolk Cross
  • Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • Molokai by Alan Brennert
  • Daughters Of The Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

Our annual party is a wonderful event and is created around a feast of Sangria and Mexi/South American inspired fare.  We also always have an amazing cake.

This year’s was created by a talented cake artist and good friend,  Tricia Patterson, even in the face of a weeklong power outage left over from Irene!

All of our eight members spend quite a bit of time researching the three titles they pitch and so I will also give you the ones that didn’t get chosen, as there are many should-reads here for you to keep busy with all year if you’d like.

  • Perfect Peace by Daniel Black
  • The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Ghost of Greenwich Village by Lorna Graham
  • The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • In The Company of Angels by Thomas E. Kennedy
  • Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollack
  • In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

One way to keep up with what’s good in books is through the online forum at Goodreads and I am a new member there with a book list that I have only just begun to tend.  Perhaps we’ll connect there to share what we have read and are reading?  Read on!

TRY THIS WEEK: Find time for a good book.


About Dar Hosta James

I am an artist living in New Jersey. I write and illustrate children's books, paint, draw, blog, coach, teach and speak about creativity.
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5 Responses to Monday #2: Labor of Love

  1. Lori says:

    Thanks so much for the lists. Now on to fall!

  2. Judy Shreve says:

    Dar – loved this post – Now I’ve got a couple new books I’m interested in on my Amazon ‘wish list.’ Nothing better than a good book – and a good book club! I ‘friended’ you on Goodreads. Happy Monday!

  3. Alisa Novak says:

    Zach read Unbroken for his A/P History class — since history is his favorite subject, he loved it. I hope your club does as well. It’s on my “to read” pile currently. Thanks for the list; I look forward to it every year!

  4. Jamie Perkins says:

    What a great group with fun traditions!! The cake is gorgeous. My group has read Pope Joan, Edgar Sawtelle, Still Alice, and Sarah’s Key (although I missed that one but went to the movie with some of the gals). I want to visit Dresden thanks to Slaughterhouse Five (So it goes…). Please fill me in on the Tracy Chevalier book, as I really liked Girl With the Pearl Earring. Have a wonderful year of reading!

  5. Rose Walsh says:

    Hi Dar,
    Thank you for sharing your book list with all of us. Room and Sarah’s Key are two of my favorites. I am definitely going to check out some of the other books you have on your list. What a great way to celebrate books and the start of a new year with your book club.
    Looks like so much fun – what a fabulous cake!

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