2018 Family Book Club Picks

Greetings from a snowed-in Philadelphia (which is in the middle of a Bomb Cyclone)! I hope your 2018 is off to a smashing start with high hopes of success in your resolution endeavors. Last year, my two sisters, mom and I decided to begin a book club to help connect over the distance between us. We had such a great time reading together, that we decided to continue the tradition. If you want to check out how things went last year, click here.

We each select 3 picks and then gift them to each other for Christmas. It is a slightly anxiety producing process as we each want to pick an excellent book that everyone will like, and we want to be sure not to pick something that another person might pick. Last year there was one duplicate, so we completed 11 books instead of 12. This year, we didn’t have a single repeat, so we have 12 delicious books to dive into. I will post each month after we have met to discuss the book selection. I am going to try really hard to read all 12 books this year after reading only 10 of the 11 picks last year, but if I’m being honest, there are a couple of books on this list that I think will be a challenge for me…we’ll see! Without any further ado, let’s get into the 2018 Family Book Club Picks: Continue reading

2017 Family Book Club Wrap Up

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Our very first year as a book club has concluded! We started this book club as a way for my sisters, mom and I to stay connected even with the distance between us through our mutual love of books. We live in Rochester (NY), Pittsburgh (PA), and Philadelphia (PA), all of which are about 5-6 hours from each other in a triangle. We don’t get to see each other more than a few times a year, but video calling once a month has made the distance a bit easier this year. We spent time discussing each book, but inevitably our conversations would veer to other things and the kids pop on screen. It was a nice way to catch up each month beyond phone calls.

From a reading perspective, this book club helped me to read books I would not normally read. It also helped me finally read some books I have been wanting to read. Our book selections were fairly diverse in character experiences and locales around the world. Through our selections we visited Sweden, Appalachia, provincial England, Russia, pioneer Alaska, the wild west of America, Japan, and Nigeria. Our main characters ranged from teenagers to old curmudgeonly men. We also had the chance to see through the eyes of characters who come from cultures vastly different than our own. In essence, this year was everything I’d hoped from a book club. Continue reading