I'm ashamed to admit that I own this many unread books! These are some of the titles I considered when putting together my three recommendations for our yearly book club retreat (which did not happen for the second year in a row). In my defense, I did not buy all these books. I acquired many of them from library book sales or little free libraries. But as I was starting to return them to various shelves around my house, I decided to create a spot for the unchosen, the ones that got away, the ones I still want to read when I'm faced with the "what should I read next?" question.
The saddest addition to the shelf is the one on top, added last night after our vigorous Zoom gathering (which did not include the generous snack spread, the physical passing of books around the circle, the lively banter). Okay, there was some lively banter, but Zoom can be so exasperating when we all decide to talk at once. I was so sure that Miss Benson's Beetle was a shoe-in for this year. It clicked so many boxes for me: an author we've read before, a journey, a chance to learn something new, not too long and not too short, a book about the transformative power of friendship, a deft balance of hilarity and emotion, a pure joyride and a perfect escape. I fear that my moment to promote this book did not do it justice. Never fear, Miss Benson's Beetle, your spot top and center on the shelf ensures that you'll be chosen soon!
I may return to the unchosen shelf for an expanded slice before the month is done. But it's Saturday and the grand boys are coming for a day at our house! Feel free to add your own recommendations if you spy some favorites on the shelf.