2017 Book Club List

In February, my Book Club chose the books we’re going to read. There were a lot of really interesting books on the list, but here are the books we plan to read:

  • The Skies Belong to Us, by Brendan I. Koerner. This is a non-fiction book about when “airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine” during the sixties. Read the full description on Amazon, if you’re interested. I think it will be a fun read.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life, by Nancy Koester. This was my pick for Book Club, based on my request for a first-wave feminist bio. It is supposed to be a a biography that addresses the whole of Stowe’s life, including her faith, where most other biographies focus on her career as author and her political impact.
  • Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This is a classic in juvenile fiction, from all I’ve heard. It is about a young girl who must move to the country with cousins whom she always thought were strange. But, as you would expect, her opinion changes.
  • The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman. This is an award-winning adult historical fiction. It is about a WWII veteran who returns to Australia. He marries, and he and his wife man a lighthouse in an isolated island. A dead man and a baby wash up on the shore, and, because of their two miscarriages and a stillbirth, his wife convinces him to keep the baby. The story is about that pivotal choice.
  • The Ocean At the End Of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman. This book fits in the fantasy genre. The plot centers around the farm at the end of the road, and his childhood memories of what the Amazon description calls “a most remarkable girl,” and the pond she insisted was an ocean.
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. A WWII fiction (two in one year for us?) about a blind woman and her father who escape to the French countryside, and a member of the Hitler youth who makes an escape to the same town.
  • The Chestry Oak, by Kate Seredy. I read this book as a 10-year-old, and it was the first book that made me cry. I read it again for the second time just last year, and I cried again. It is about a six-year-old Hungarian prince shortly before Hungary is invaded by the Nazis. It speaks about really difficult things at a child’s level, with beautiful, poetic writing.

So this is what I’m in for! Thankfully, there are several that can pull double-duty with my Reading Challenge goals. I love Book Club!

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