Friday, January 06, 2017

JANUARY READING GROUP UPDATE








Only four meetings this month and two are discussing the same book! This happens more and more often lately but it is good for my personal reading plans plus I get a wider range of ideas from attending two discussions of the same book. I know many of you don't care for reading groups but I will tell you, they are way better than just reading reviews and Goodreads/blog posts as far as exchanging ideas in real time. I feel like that is an important part of citizenship, especially in these times. End of sermon!

At the Holiday parties of my groups, we voted on our favorite book read during 2016. Each time it sparked more discussion. A common refrain was the benefit many members found from having read books they might otherwise have never read, broadening their views and knowledge and getting them out of their comfort zones. (That wasn't a sermon, just a share!)


Laura's Group:

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Tina's Group:

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One Book At A Time:

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Bookie Babes:

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Wherever you are reading, I wish you a wonderful reading month. Have you read any of the above books?

10 comments:

  1. Luckily since you have two books repeated you can accommodate your own reading. I hear A Gentleman in Moscow and Hillbilly Elegy are good. I look forward to your reviews.

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    1. I am currently about two weeks behind on posting reviews, but you will hear about those books eventually. A Gentleman in Moscow was really good! I just finished it a couple days ago.

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  2. I have a copy of A Gentleman in Moscow which I'm hoping to start soon, so I'll look forward to reading your thoughts on it!

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  3. I agree about book groups broadening what I would normally read. Your groups always seem great. I have a copy of the Towles book, but there it sits for now on the shelf. It will wait its turn. I look forward to hearing about all of these.

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    1. My groups are great! I only stay with ones that are great. I have tried others that were not for me. Not everyone has to agree about the book being discussed, but the important things are to read it and show up!
      I am sure the Towles book will wait patiently for you there on the shelf:)

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  4. Reading has always been a source of pleasure and joy for me. For me, it is a hobby and now that I have a blog it makes me happy to read reviews, but my readings are rarely influenced by trends or any duty whatsoever. In addition, I have a demanding job and other hobbies too. Amen.

    Each person must be happy as he pleases.

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    1. I don't disagree with you. At all. Freedom to chose one's activities is utmost. Thank you for reading my reviews!

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  5. I'm afraid I haven't read any of these books. I am currently reading If You Want To Walk On Water You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat by John Ortberg for my church's book club. Up next is The Shack by William Paul Young.

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    1. I like the title of your book club book!

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