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.