Thoughts and Next Read!

Another year of book club and another Winter Party! Thank you to everyone who came, especially those of who made this their first Offbeat experience (do come back, I promise we don’t always read sad, deep stuff).  

I got a lot of enjoyment out of hosting our meetings in 2015 and I think that we are on to something as a group. It seems as if we are getting more comfortable in sharing our opinions and also challenging others, and relating our experiences with characters in our books. Basically, I do not know what to expect going into a talk, which is so refreshing as I am so done with expectations in general. Whether you loved or hated the book, for me the discussion has been the best part.

Below are your personal picks from 2015 and info. about our next read.

My warmest politically correct greeting and a very happy New Year,


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

  • “unconventional transient lives that cast you into sad things.”

The Troop by Nick Cutter

  • Lord of the Flies meets The Thing… awesome and gross.”

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • “It’s a bestseller but…”- liked the mulitple connections between characters in the story arc.

Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso

  • “required reading for school, but so good and will read it again.”

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • Read it because she was a girl on a train moving from Ontario to St. Albert

Being Brenda by Oliver Burkeman and Gary Younge

  • My apologies, but I never took down a quote for this one as I was too transfixed by the book talk itself. What a story!

I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton

  • “a short,sweet, good book.”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • “New York friendship novel goes dark and intense”

We also came to an unanimous decision:

Our next read will be Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

Reviews: The Guardian .The New Yorker.The Washington Post

 Click here for more details. Extra copies are arriving tomorrow. I will email everyone when they are ready to borrow.


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