January 31, 2012: Coming Into Our Own

One of my two book clubs met earlier this month for our much-rescheduled and long overdue holiday book exchange. Every member brings a new copy of a book that she enjoyed during the previous 12 months but that we didn’t read for book club (obviously). We pile the books on the coffee table, everyone “pitches” their title and then we draw numbers to determine the selection order. When your number is up, you can either draw from the pile or steal someone else’s selection. If the latter, then that person can either draw from the pile or steal someone else’s selection. Repeat until everyone has a book to take home that they’re marginally satisfied with. Everyone forgets the selection rules each year and I invariably get accused of making it up as we go along. It’s an annual tradition that I really look forward to.

This year, unlike in previous years (ahem), all of the book choices were great. After the selections were settled, we spent quite a bit of time congratulating ourselves on the quality of our book list and drafting a list of possible reads for the coming year that would suit the high level of book-clubbishness that we’ve now attained. Ladies, we’ve really stepped up our game in the reading department, hit our literary stride, so to speak. If you don’t believe me, the list is appended hereto. (In case you think we’ve become too highbrow, not to worry: we still discussed bangs, celebrity break-ups and the current level of attractiveness of males we knew in high school and university.)

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Free World by David Bezmozgis
The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

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