Book Club Report: What We Read Last Month (and What’s Coming Up Next)

book club reportEven with one book club on a summer hiatus, my obsession with joining book clubs has kept me in books all summer. One of my favorite things about a good book club is reading something I might not otherwise pick up on my own, and at least one of our books in recent months certainly qualifies:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I read this one back in December (my full review is here), so I just took the opportunity to remind myself of a few details and read the chapter headings again. I’m still intrigued by the idea of compiling a literary list for my children and haven’t quite decided what would make the cut.

The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins was way out of my usual comfort zone, but it led to a ton of great conversation. We all agreed Perkins seemed too full of himself to be good company at lunch. Even taking everything he said with a healthy dose of skepticism, there was still plenty to think about.

Austenland by Shannon Hale is a fast and fun read. It was a perfect pick for a month where many of our book group members were traveling and getting kids ready for school. We all agreed we’d go to Austenland if given the chance, especially with friends (and a healthy budget for clothing).

Coming up this month:

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I’ve read most of Morton’s books (most recently: The Lake House) over the past five years or so, and I enjoy them every time. I have my personal favorites, though, so I’m curious to see where The Forgotten Garden fits in her body of work. This is a long one, so I really need to get started.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Speaking of favorite Australian authors, another book I’ve been meaning to read by an author I generally love. Everything I’ve read by Moriarty has been captivating, although I didn’t care for The Husband’s Secret or at least a third of Three Wishes. I know very little about the premise of this one, but I have no doubt it will suck me in right away.

There’s no time for a summer reading slump anymore, and I have to say I’m thrilled. Give me a fall evening and a good book any day. It’s my turn to pick a book next month in my online book club, so I’d better get to reading for that too. Any suggestions?


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