What another wonderful year of Offbeat meetings and more! It has been so gratifying -in the best possible way of course- to not only see the club grow but to also witness friendships take shape outside of the requisite palling around.
I ‘m pretty excited to see what 2017 holds, even if we are kicking the year off with some fiction that is the stuff of air and “fluff”. Regardless, I trust that our next book will still hold the club mantra of being a very, very good book.
Enjoy this merry season,
Here are our member’s most memorable reads (for better or worse) of 2016:
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Mona Awad
Kinda of pointless and did not live up to expectations.
Random Passage (Random Passage #1) Bernice Morgan
Magical; could easily read it again.
Read the next one in the series and I did not care for it.
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake #1) C.J Sansom
The historical fiction alone captures interest.
The series itself is not at all like Sweet Valley High, where the first parts of the book are pretty much the same by repeating themes of other books in the series.
Me Before You (Me Before You #1) Jojo Moyes
An easy read where I really cared for the characters.
The second book (After You) is actually a better read, as there are more details about Louisa’s life.
The Spawning Grounds Gail Anderson-Dargatz
The Rhinestone Button is one of my favorite novels, but I put this one down with 50 pages left!
I wanted to learn more about the Aboriginal culture but there was too much mysticism and the way it enchanted everyone did not work for me.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill.
You’ll love it if you were a fan of the Little House books.
Interesting origins and histories.
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
Other than dropping their copy in the bathtub, this book was very, very endearing
A different book for me . It reads like a serialized newspaper and some of the details are a bit repetitive. It can be a bit of a slog.
Interesting to see the organization of how hospitals work.
The Plot Against America Philip Roth
A xenophobe, man of wealth and celebrity is elected to the Presidency of the United States.
Told from the perspective of a 9-year-old boy parts of this novel’s premise bare some eerie similarities to the current state of affairs.
Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger
With wit the author compassionately calls to end snobbery both intellectual and non-conformist alike.
Not only my favorite read of 2016, but also one of my all-time favorite novels.