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Last week I mentioned on Facebook that I was sort of itching to start a book club after taking Samantha to one at a local library. A bunch of people showed interest and I’m hoping even more of you who may not have seen it on Facebook (since hardly anyone sees anything I post on Facebook anymore. Stupid algorithms) will be into the idea too.
So here’s what I’m thinking: I’m going to give you guys a few books to vote on this week and next Friday I’ll post the winner and our first book of the month. I want this to be a fun, no stress kind of thing, so don’t kill yourselves. We’ll have a discussion—either on Facebook or in the comments here (feel free to tell me what sounds good to you)—at the end of the month and I’ll figure out ways to make it fun. No term papers. No points deducted for not finishing on time. Just fun.
If this works out I’d love to also host meet ups with you local ladies once in awhile, if anyone is interested.
OK, so here are the choices for September…
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (480 pages)
From the inside of the book: “Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident… or something else entirely? Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals, and schoolyard politics.” Everything I’ve read about this book says it’s unputdownable. If you’re looking for a category, this one seems to fit under domestic dramedy.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (315 pages)
I mentioned this one back in my Summer Reading List post. My pal Rena told me about it when I was in the middle of a major stress fest. Rubin tested out age-old wisdom, scientific research, and lessons from pop culture about how to be happier during a year-long quest for just that. Daily Beast describes it as “Practical and never preachy… the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.”
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (352 pages)
I love a dysfunctional family. In this one, the Foxmans are together under the same roof for the first time in years when their father dies. Judd’s wife isn’t there (after an affair with a shock-jock radio host) and the week of sitting shivah with his wacky family quickly goes out of control. Publisher’s Weekly called it “a smart comedy of inappropriate behavior at an inopportune time” and it’s going to be released as a movie (starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda and Rose Byrne) on September 19th. It might be fun to compare the two!
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (272 pages)
I’ve heard that this one is hysterical and a lot of the ladies on Facebook were concerned about time management, so I thought an easy read by a comedian would be a good option to throw in here. Not for the faint of heart, Handler tells crazy stories about her family, relationships and career. Some people find her hysterical (Jennifer Weiner says she “writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds.”) others find her annoying (Publisher’s Weekly said “In this disjointed collection of memories and experiences, even her overenthusiastic voice cannot compensate for the irrelevance and frivolousness that is this book.”), soooo I guess you’d have to gauge where you are on that spectrum. 😉
You can vote for your favorite option—and answer a couple of other questions to help me choose books in the future [VOTING IS NOW CLOSED]. I’ll let you know which book is the winner next week!
Also we need a totally awesome name because Cuddles and Chaos Book Club just doesn’t cut it for me. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments!