Have you ever heard of a website called Meetup? I joined it in August 2011 with the intentions of getting involved and meeting new people. It is a great website if you’re sitting home bored, like I was that summer. There are groups for everything (hiking, cooking, eating out, discussing philosophy) for all genders/sexualities/ages.
Last November, I received an e-mail from Meetup alerting me to a book club in my area (kind of) for young women in their 20s and 30s. When I saw the e-mail and read the description of the group, I thought it was perfect. I had been looking for a book club near me but everything either met during the day or the attendees were much older. This book club was the mama bear of book clubs (refer to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the metaphor). By the time I joined, they had already met for November and were skipping December because of the holiday season. I went to my first book club meetup in January and had such a good time with the other women eating and discussing the books we had read – The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (good if you’re looking for a long easy read that could easily be half its length) and After Her by Joyce Maynard (I couldn’t get past the first chapter) – that I decided to keep going to each meeting of the book club.
Since that first fateful meeting, we have read, in order:
- Serena by Ron Rash – gave me nightmares but I couldn’t put it down
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – I stopped reading somewhere around page 50; it was too unrealistic
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – This is the same author as Gone Girl, which I have not read. This book was very disturbing and I had to fight to finish it. I won’t read anything else by her.
- While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell – I read three-quarters of this book in one night; it’s a very easy, enjoyable read with some slightly disturbing imagery
- Missing You by Harlan Coben – I couldn’t put it down. It’s a wonderful mystery but will make you wary of online dating
- Bared to You by Sylvia Day – Like the 50 Shades of Grey series but better; the sex scenes aren’t as fetishistic and the writing is much more enjoyable
- The Long Walk by Stephen King – I did not read this one based on how scared the reviews on GoodReads made me
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – If you like historical fiction, read this. The twists kept me engaged as they were never expected
This month’s book is The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. I am having a difficult staying focused with it but I will push myself to finish it.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What do you suggest we read for November?