Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.
Thirty years ago, I started my first book club. My current book club is celebrating twenty years of reading together this year. We have a yearly retreat every March. And that's when we choose our books for the upcoming year. Each person brings up to three possible book choices. We sit in a circle, pitch our individual titles, and pass the books around for everyone to see. Then it's ballot time. We use a written ballot for choosing the twelve titles for the upcoming year. Sometimes we vote a second time when we have some clear winners and others that are close. It's the most exciting part of the retreat.
My book club loves reading nonfiction. It's not my favorite, but I generally bring at least one nonfiction title. If I have to read nonfiction, I want some voice in choosing it. I love memoir and essay and fiction and poetry (and of course middle grade). I'm still struggling with which books to take. I'm taking News of the World by Paulette Giles (which I've read) and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gran (which I haven't read). It's best if we've read the titles we recommend, but sometimes I take books that come highly recommended by readers that I trust. So that's where you come in. I know that many of you are avid readers and book club members. What books would you recommend for my book bag on Friday?