Book Club!

I am a member of a book club, which I’m sure just shocks all of you. But seriously, I’ve been a member of this same book club for 17 or so years, believe it or not. That’s quite the long haul for a book club, if I do say so myself.

I love going to my book club.It’s a great way to catch up with friends and chat about a book while eating at a great restaurant. This past weekend we chose our next round of books, and I wanted to share them with you, my readers.

1. The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Exactly what it says in the title, 100 year old Allan climbs out the window of the old folks home and goes on a walkabout. The reader takes part in this adventure and learns about Allan’s monumental past.

This one sounds cute and quirky and I expect that I’ll enjoy it quite a bit.

2. The Escape by David Baldacci
Following Baldacci’s popular character John Puller, a combat veteran and pecial agent with the US Army, the Escape is about a military prison and an escapee who is now the most wanted criminal in the U.S. And also Puller’s brother.

Not normally the type of book we read for book club, this will be an interesting change of venue, so to speak. I’m not sure whether I’ll enjoy this book or not, but I do tend to enjoy books about family relations and no doubt this should have some of that.

3. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
This was my pick. It explores the life and loves of Lev Termin, creator of the musical instrument the theremin. It also won the Giller Prize in 2015. Us Conductors takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union.

I’ve already read this and was lucky enough to interview the author here.

4. A Number of Things by Jane Urquhart
The subtitle of this book is “Stories about Canada told through 50 objects”, which really tells you everything you need to know about the book, as that is exactly what it is. What’s important to note that it’s not full of the generic items like moose, beavers and trees etc, but of objects meaningful to Urquhart herself.

I got lucky enough to see Jane speak about this book at the last Writers fest here in Ottawa. I’m really looking forward to this one.

5. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A book about books and bookstores! A.J. Fikry owns a bookstore that he feels is going under, and even his prized collection of poems by Poe has been stolen. When a package arrives on his doorstep Fikry takes it as an opportunity for change.

I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited about this one. I love books about books and the story here sounds wonderful and touching.

6. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A book that brought us a film! Hidden FIgures tells the story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race. “Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes.”

This looks like it could go really well, or really wrong, but the fact that a movie has been made from it makes me optimistic that I will really like this one.

7. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
This is the story of Ruth, a black nurse removed from serving a white supremecist couple who are in the hospital giving birth. When tragedy strikes, Ruth finds herself on trial.

I’m not normally a fan of Picoult. I think it might be jealousy at the sheer number of books she’s able to write. Regardless, this story looks very intersting and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

So those are the books on tap for this next year or more. I still have to get back to finishing Do Not Say We Have Nothing!

What books are you planning on reading on 2017? Tell me in the comments and be entered to win a $50 Chapters gift card!

“I’m in love with you, …

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.”

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

This book is going to kill me.  This quote pretty much encapsulates what I was trying to say the other day.