You might recall this post, where I asked your opinion on which books to pitch at my book club’s yearly selection meeting. The book that I most wanted to read, was also the book that I feared would get overlooked because of its content, its overly depressing nature… the fact that it’s about yet another school shooting. Well, I was right. It didn’t go over well. There were some who wanted to read it, but when it came down to it, We Need to Talk About Kevin was voted out. I think I stared off in space in disbelief. Oh, that was the wine.
My second pitch was The Sense of an Ending, but another member pitched it right before me. That left me with Lamb, which would have been a fabulous choice for discussion, but as soon as I mentioned that it involved an older man and a young girl, I saw the eyes looks elsewhere. Good lord! I just about lost it. Not because I was mad. Certainly not, but because it seems as if anything somewhat controversial gets shot down.
In my head, I was dying. I had about five other books in front of me so in a last ditch effort to get a book chosen, I pitched Norwegian Wood and it made it in. Now THAT surprised me. I haven’t read NW myself but if it’s like Murakami’s other books these folks are in for a wild ride. Plus, it’s sexually charged. Well, that’s what folks tell me.
We picked twelve books but we had books for this year already chosen so there is some overlap into 2013. Here is the list:
2012 Book Club Reading List
Feb – The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee (chosen last year)
Mar – The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds (my pick from last year)
Apr – The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
May – The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow
Jun – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (my 4th time reading it)
Jul – The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
Aug – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Sep – The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Oct – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Nov – The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Dec – The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
2013 Book Club Reading List (to be continued)
Jan – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Feb – The Submission by Amy Waldman
Mar – Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell (my 4th time reading it)
At first, I felt so-so about the list. I went home and tried to decipher my chicken scratch (apparently, the chicken was on crack) and it just looked okay to me. Now that I have the official list, I am liking it more. It’s varied and balanced from what I can tell and should, for the most part, generate plenty of discussion.
Now, if I could just pull myself out of the reading rut I’ve found myself in, I’d be thrilled to pieces!
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