Friday Favorites: Book Club

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You know what? Sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans.  As you all have learned by now, I am a planner.  I like to plan things out.  Without a plan, I am lost.  Well, my plan for this blog was to share a book with you on the last Friday of every month as part of my Friday Favorites because books are one of my favorite things.  Unfortunately, the holidays and life in general got in the way, and I haven’t finished reading the book I was going to do today.  But….the good news is that it gave me a great idea.  I have been an avid reader since I was little.  I have always loved books and reading. When I was in high school, my mom let me join one of those book of the month clubs where they sent you 3-4 books in the mail each month and you mailed back the ones you didn’t want and kept the ones that you did.  I think that is probably showing my age because I don’t think that those even exist anymore with the world of technology.  I so looked forward to that box arriving each month.  That was the old version of Stitch Fix and Fab, Fit, Fun boxes! Ha ha! I still have some of those books on a shelf in my guest room.  I don’t know why I hold on to them. I guess I have been known to go back and read books that I loved again, so maybe one day I will read some of them a second time. I love books of all genres, including fiction and non-fiction books.  Back in those high school days, I read a lot of Danielle Steele and John Grisham. I don’t think I would be caught dead reading a Danielle Steele book now! LOL! My tastes have definitely improved. Some of my favorite authors now include Karen Kingsbury, Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, Liane Moriarty, Paulina Simons, and Gillian Flynn.  I’ll read most anything, though. Even if I don’t really like the book, I will finish reading it.  There have been some books, series even, that I have read that absolutely drove me nuts because I thought the writing was terrible, but I read them anyway because I had started them. Sad, I know! That’s probably the OCD in me that won’t allow something to go unfinished. I really like series of books, too. I love the anticipation of waiting for the next book to come out.  Some of my favorites are The Redemption Series (Amazon) by Karen Kingsbury (She has several series, and I love them all.), The Hunger Games (Amazon) by Suzanne Collins, Harry Potter (Amazon) by JK Rowling, and The Bronze Horseman (Amazon) by Paulina Simons. I am also pretty obsessed with children’s books.  That’s the teacher in me. My collection of children’s books from all of my years of teaching and from my own kids, is pretty incredible.  My absolute favorite children’s author is Audrey Wood.  I would always do an author study on her in my class just so that I could have an excuse to read all of her books again each year.  If you have young kids, go check out her books. My favorite one is The Napping House (Amazon).

I am not one of those people that has to have the actual hard copy book to read.  I read as many books on my iPad as I do in hard copy.  I do prefer to read self-help/motivational types of books in hard copy because I like to write and highlight in them.  I am one of those people that even writes all in the margins of my Bible. I am a visual learner and writing things down has always helped me retain the information. Other than that, I don’t have a preference if it’s a hard copy or not.  I have never really been a library kind of person either.  I only ever went to the library when I was in high school and college for research purposes.  I don’t really know why other than I like owning the book. Maybe it is so I can read it again one day. I don’t really know.  Some people that I know love going to the library, and I think that is great. It is definitely the more economical way of reading. Only one of my children got my reading gene.  The other one HATES to read (probably because reading has always been difficult for her), and it drives me nuts! I always give my kids books for Christmas hoping that they will actually read them, but it never works out the way I want for that kid. You would think I would stop wasting my money on books for her. I can still hold out hope, right?

Reading has always been such a huge part of my life, which is why I wanted to share a book with you each month.  I sadly don’t get enough time to read as much as I want to, so this is where my new idea comes in to play.  I think we should do a book club each month and hold each other accountable for reading the book.  Instead of just me reading a book and telling you about it, let’s read it together. We should all take time for ourselves, right? Reading a good book is such a great escape from reality, and one of those things that I really need in my life. I know many of my friends reading this are avid readers like me.  What do you think? Do you think you would be interested in doing a book club with me? We could discuss it along the way on my Facebook and Instagram pages with a big summary at the end of each month here on the blog. I am going to make it a goal to read at least one book a month, and I need you all to hold me accountable.  It will force me to take the time I need to read.  If you really want something, you can find the time to do it.  I am going to pick the book for December, but I would love for you to share your suggestions with me for future books.  Maybe it is one you have already read that you think others would enjoy, or maybe it is one that you have been wanting to read.  Let me know! We can do it together.  I have always enjoyed discussing books with my friends, and I think this will be fun.  Will you join me?

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The book I have chosen for our first book club book is a New York Times Best Seller and is a memoir by Tara Westover called Educated (Amazon). Here is Apple Books’ review:

“Like Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club (Amazon) and Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle (Amazon), Educated is a beautifully written testament to human resilience: The story of a seriously messed-up childhood and an against-all-odds journey toward empowerment. Tara Westover grew up in rural Idaho, where her family stockpiled supplies and weapons for the end days. Instead of going to school, young Tara worked alongside her father salvaging scrap metal (resulting in harrowing near-misses) and assisted her isolated herbalist mother. Westover has a rare talent for writing about both grace and horror—her story of starting her formal education at age 17 and finding her calling imprints itself in the imagination.”

The book has 40 chapters, so we should set a goal of reading 10 chapters each week for the next 4 week. Each week I will make a post on my Facebook and Instagram pages for us to discuss what we have read that week. Will you commit to reading this book and discussing it with me? Will you take some time for yourself to immerse yourself into someone else’s world? I know it is a busy time of year, but I think we can do it! Don’t forget to send me suggestions for the next book, too! Happy reading!

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