Barely a Book Club

Teetering on the edge of a normal book club

Did you enjoy your “lazy” July? August 4, 2009

Filed under: Book Suggestions,Books read in 2009,Edgar Sawtelle — antof9 @ 11:37 am

And are you ready to get back to the BBC grind? Hopefully it isn’t really a “grind”. Actually, the day it becomes a grind, let’s stop meeting 🙂

If everyone is ready, we can start The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for Saturday, August 15. I can’t currently find my copy (I think I bought it too long ago!), so am unable to assign an amount to read. Since we’re still in the summer, let’s start off slowly. I think there are actual chapters in this book, so maybe just read the first couple, and then we can decide how quickly we want to go through this one once we meet.

If we can’t all make it, let’s wait to start meeting again until we’re all available.

For future planning, here is the list we cobbled together last season. If you’d like to adjust the order or add additional books, just post in the comments. Several of them are still only available in hardback, so I’ve put them at the end, but unless we add other books to the list (maybe it’s time to go back to our “classics” roots?), we may be reading hardbacks anyway. Here it is:

  • The Vote (Sybil Downing)
  • The Harmony Silk Factory (Tash Aw)
  • Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese) HB
  • The Help (Kathryn Stockett) HB
  • Drood (Dan Simmons) HB

Am wondering if everyone is over and done with Mr. Dickens, or if we could include Bleak House in the list somewhere? It is available in paperback, if that helps 🙂 Drood is the one that’s the fictional story about Dickens — would it be better or worse to read that in conjunction with one more of his books? Thoughts?

Looking forward to seeing you all at House of Commons on Saturday, August 15, at 10:30. (It seems fitting that the return of the BBC should be at the House of Commons, no?)