October is National Reading Group Month!
Hooray! I know it’s already the 13th, but I still can’t believe October is here!
While some of my Italian friends may be celebrating Columbus Day, and others are getting their little kiddles ready for The Great Pumpkin, many of by Bookie buddies are celebrating National Reading Group Month, October 2014!
The fabulous folks over at Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) have selected their annual Great Group Reads, a carefully curated list of books that clubs can count on for a great discussion. Due to other commitments, this is the first year in a while that I haven’t been a part of the fun reading-machine otherwise known as the selection team—but they seem to have done quite well enough without me. (I really missed discussing the books with you, Rayme Waters, Rosalind Reisner and Kate Farrell.) Although I’ve only read a few of their selections—Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, and Laird Hunt’s Nevermore (still in progress and loving it)—several others were already at the top of my TBR list, including, The Orphans of Race Point, by Patry Francis, Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks (this one may also win my just-this-minute-made-up prize for best cover art,) The Promise by Ann Weisgarber and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. That leaves a bunch of new titles for both you and me to discover—and perhaps later devour! Yay! Thank you, Women’s National Book Association!
But WNBA doesn’t stop there! For those of you near Boston, Charlotte, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Seattle, and Washington D.C. there are some exciting upcoming special events to help commemorate National Reading Group Month, October 2014, as well!
Whether you observe National Reading Group Month in a big way—such as my neighborhood book club did last week with our Dinner and a Movie NIght: Gone Girl Style—or in a smaller way such as we did later in the week with our in-depth discussion of Julie Kibler’s delightful Calling Me Home, I hope you enjoy some memorable reads this month. Rah, Rah, Reading!