How it works:
Every month we will read a book, at the end of the month on a selected day we will have a discussion via the internet. If you have a blog you can post a review on your blog and link it up to the book club review for that month. If you just have Facebook you can go to my blog's Facebook page and post your opinions there. I know I was not good will book club at all this year but 2015 will be totally different.
January: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. An amazing WWII novel about how resilient the human spirit is. I may have already read this book but it is so good I am going to read it again. It is inspiring and I think it will help us stay motivated throughout 2015.
February: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.
Seems like an interesting love story intertwined with self discovery, plus I love war novels so I hope everyone else likes this book too.
March: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I think all of us can relate to this novel in one way or another. It's about a girl in college who blogs about her favorite TV show. The show is her life and she's having a hard time letting it go.
April: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Another love story set in modern times about putting another person's happines above your own. Seems like it will be a quick read.
May: The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows.
Another WWII novel (what can I say) about the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans who made the inhabitants stay on the island the duration of the war. It's actually a very interesting situation and I know many anthropologists have studied the behavior that happened on the islands during occupation. This book is about a book club that existed on the island, and about the man who ran it. Without going into too much detail the book is based on the man writing a letter to a woman off the island, she began corresponding with him and eventually went to Guernsey to see what it was about.
June: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. A light read, perfect for a day by the pool in summer. This is a sweet love story between childhood friends and how the two came to realize their love.
July: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. The story about Ernest Hemingway (author) and his wife Hadley. I'm excited to read about how they met and feel in love, from excerpts I have seen it is clear that Ernest thought the world of Hadley and I love it when love stories are like that.
August: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Derr. Another WWII love story emphasizing the ways people are generally good, even during hard times.
September: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Just because I miss reading about Harry and sometimes we can use a little bit of magic in our lives.
October: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. What better book to read during Octoboer? Jane Eyre is rather gloomy and can be dry at times but I love the story and the characters.
November: A book of your choice! This month will be busy so I think it will be fun to have everyone choose a book they love/ haven't read and have been wanting to. That way I can get more ideas for book club in 2016 and I can add more books to my list.
December: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I love her, so I know this will be a good read and pretty light for December.
Well there you have it! I hope you join in and you have fun reading.