Last week my book group gathered for our annual planning meeting. We each brought two or three books to recommend and we organized our year. Together we decided how many nonfiction books (which we seem to prefer) and how many fiction, and then spaced them out over eleven months. We always choose a light, quick read for December and try not to do anything too hefty in May, which is always packed with graduations and weddings.
This year, for the first time, we’re also reading an additional book, The Happiness Project, over the course of the entire year (a chapter or two a month) in order to practice some of the ideas presented by the author.
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My pick this year is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I chose it for several reasons, not the least of which is that Doerr is an Idaho author from Boise. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize and is the Common Read this year for the University of Idaho. All incoming freshman are expected to read it this summer. Best of all, the author is speaking at UI in September and we plan to attend as a group.
As soon as our meeting ended last week, I came home, fired up my laptop and ordered my books. Fortunately I already own three of them, and I was able to borrow two, so I didn’t need too many. I’m still waiting for the last few to arrive, hopefully in time to take them with me to Whidbey Island where I try to read as many of our books as possible.
Reading is good for me right now. When I’m engrossed in a book, my heart rests from painful thoughts or memories. In my journal, I keep a list of every book I read each year, and it feels good to watch the list grow. This may not be my most productive year, but at least I’m reading.
This is our plan for the year:
All year (a chapter or two each month): The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin
August: Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
September: All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts.
Happy reading, friends.
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