First Thursday’s Book Club 12/2/21
I’m happy we got another night in the courtyard. I will never complain about sixty-degree weather in December. We all missed you Ross! And welcome Ali, I hope you will join us again next month.
Ashley read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It’s book one of a series she says she plans to continue.
I enjoyed Christiana’s pick from last month, Imaginary Friend by Stephen Cubosky. I also read Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller, and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
Christiana read one of my picks, Kindred by Octavia Butler, and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Then she went from disgusting to disappointing with James Patterson’s Count to Ten and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It sounded more like a dumpster fire.
Ali read two non-fiction books; Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness that I enjoyed a short while ago, and The Big Sort by Bill Bishop. She also read two fiction books; The Shadows by Alex North and One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello.
Hugh ended the year on a positive. He proclaims that he has read his new favorite book of the year, Five Decembers by James Kestrel. He also read Click Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier which Matt is borrowing this month.
Shana went back to her WWII comfort zone with Hannah’s War by Jan Eliasberg.
Matt wasn’t a fan of Hugh’s pick, These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall. H really enjoyed Piranesi by Susanna Clark. Christiana is borrowing it this month and this could turn out to be one several of us enjoy. He and Mariya both read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. She enjoyed the first half before it got weird, and Matt preferred the creepy second half.
Mariya also read Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey. And she has been enjoying Shana’s A Discovery of Witches to the very end.
As Ashley reminded me last night, this was the last book club of the year! So hard to believe the year has passed so quickly. I’m glad that we have been able to meet again and I can’t wait to hear about what we read in 2022. I hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. See you next year!