Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Going Clubbing

Besides the frivolous reading that I'm doing these days, our book club is also getting under way for the year. This past Sunday evening, we opened the year with my pick from last year, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. I highly recommend this book. I have read it twice and listened to it twice now (CBC's Between the Covers produced an audio recording of it last spring, it's a staple on my iPod right now). Rumour has it that The Book of Negroes is in the running for replacing To Kill a Mocking Bird on High School reading lists. What do you think?

The books that we'll be reading this year include the following:

October - The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

November - The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

January - The Brothers K by David James Duncan

February- Persepolis by Mariane Satrapi

March - The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

April - Still Alice by Lisa Genova

May - Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

June - The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Apparently one of the books on the list (Persepolis) is a graphic novel, and I'm not so sure how I feel about that genre yet. Of all of the books on this list, I've read 4 so far - I'm looking forward to reading some of them again in the company of others - The Magician's Nephew, for example - if you've been reading this blog for ... at least 4 years, you may recall this post that I did while reading it last time. I'm excited to talk about it with others who are reading it for the first (or second) time since childhood.

Have you read any of the above books? What did you think about them?


Sarah Smith said...

Hey Jenn! I read The Book of Negroes this summer and LOVED it. I read the Memory Keeper's Daughter last summer and really enjoyed it as well. Life of Pi and Time Traveler's Wife are both on my list to read this fall!! :) Hope you enjoy your book club. Sounds like fun!

Mike said...

I really enjoyed the Life of Pi, though I didn't agree with (what I perceived, at least, as) his main point.

sarah. said...

I have read all of these books and think they are all good picks.

I really enjoyed Peresepolis and the following novel as well. It is an interesting change from print novels. I think that you would be surprised at how many really good graphic novels are out there that are not superhero/manga related. If I was impressed with Stratford Library's selection, I am sure you will be with Hamiltons!

Kirsten said...

I'm not too sure about the graphic novel either, but I'm willing to give it a try. I've read The Time Travelller's Wife, Poisionwood Bible and The Memory Keeper's Daughter.
Have you managed to track down a copy of the The Brother's K? None of the libraries that I've looked at have a copy. I checked Welland, Pelham and Hamilton.