Bookclub Reading List 2014

My bookclub has been going strong since about 1995.  Every year in January we meet and somehow hash out a limited number of books to read for the year.  It is never easy, since there are so many great books and because every member of the bookclub has her special interests.  In spite of these challenges, we somehow manage to compile a fairly balanced representation of books each year.  For this year, we have selected the following, which I will review along with others (hopefully) over the course of the year:

February: A choice of one of these “romantic”-themed works – Juliet by Anne Fortier, Longbourne by Joe Becker, or The Ear of the Heart by Dolores Hart

March: By the Lake by John McGahern

April: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

May: A choice of one of these “veterans”-themed works – Monuments Men by Robert Edsel or Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

June: One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson

July: A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

August: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

September: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

October: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

November/December: Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass


Please join our book club virtually and contribute to the discussion of these non-fiction works and novels.  We are always interested in other’s thoughts and opinions!



2 responses to “Bookclub Reading List 2014

  1. Barb

    Lisa, the other book for February was The Rosie Project 🙂 I read that and also Longbourne. The Rosie Project was a fun read. It reads like a screenplay, and the whole time you’re reading it, you’re casting it in your mind. The main character is basically Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, but he’s an Aussie! It has some laugh-out-loud moments, and just a nice escape from a very dreary winter.

    It was a good thing that I was reading that book at the same time I was reading Longbourne. I recently saw the movie Twelve Years a Slave, which was a remarkable movie and one that I suffered through (I actually had to go home and change my shirt because I perspired so much during the movie. It was so that intense!) Well, Longbourne is twelve years a servant. It made the staff at Downton Abbey look as if they were living the good life. It certainly made me appreciate what the life of the very small Bennett family’s “downstairs” staff might have been like. It was an interesting perspective. I did skip through some grueling pages about one of the character’s war experiences. Not unlike the way I skipped through books in the 5th grade and was always sick on the days we had to give book reports. Okay, this book report is done!

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