*UPDATE: #MMBookClub selection for January 2015 is: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. Get your copy now and we’ll read it together! Save the date for a virtual #MMBookClub meeting on January 30th :) xoxo
That’s right kids, its time to nourish our minds! Starting 2015 I’m kicking off my book club and everybody’s coming to nerdville with me! :)
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”
― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film
I love books. (In fact here are the 13, I could never bear to part with.) Which is why, all my life (or at least since I was 8 or 9) I have collected random book and movie quotes. All because I either liked a turn of phrase, or the words spoke to me in a way – or made me feel things – that I could never fully express… (Kinda like that moment from A Beautiful Mind, where the letters gleamed off the pages at Russell Crowe in the most delightful way?)
For years I have been working (on and off) on a manuscript that incorporates hundreds of these quotes in a book called Bartholomew’s Random Thoughts (why Bartholomew, weird story but I’ll tell you someday, I promise.) Perhaps one day I shall even share it with you, perhaps one day we will read it together in my book club (eeee!) BUT for now, we have choices to make!
I have put down a few options below, feel free to add your own recommendations and we’ll put all the names in a bowl and pick one *so excited*
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
About a former celebrity, accused of killing her mother, a crime she does not remember committing.
LA IT girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.
Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent.
She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.