Our Best Book Club Book Picks
In 2010, three of my college girlfriends and I decided to start our own Book Club. Unofficially called "Gabby and the Caitlins" (three of us are Caitlin, one is, well, Gab), six years later, we are still at it! Over the years, we've had members Skype in, we've ended up in a Bronx playground at 4 AM the night before one of us was going wedding dress shopping, and most recently, we all headed down to DC for the weekend where one of our members lives.
Our events are nearly as much a Wine Club as they are a Book Club. And each club session invariably involves laughs, tears, catch-up, and a Manhattan College run-down along with the book discussion.
Last weekend, while Book Club was on tour, we visited 4 museums including the Renwick, the Botanical Gardens, the Air & Space Musuem, and the National Museum of the American Indian. In the latter of which, we were lucky enough to see a Hawaiian dance troupe perform Aloha 'Oe: Honoring Hawai'i's Last Soverign Ruler, Queen Lili'uokalani. Plus I got some wings for my lapel!
But, our real purpose in DC was to discuss our latest book, which was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. The book, while repetitive and a bit biased towards introverts, yielded some of our best, most insightful discussion to date. I think we all came away feeling more self-aware, and with a better understanding of one another. It turns out, I am the only introvert in the club, but everyone considered themselves an extrovert with caveats - teetering on the edge in one way or another.
Over the years, we have done a truly bad job at keeping track of all the books we've read, but we've been working on compiling a list. Below, you can see our incomplete list in order of how well we liked each selection.
|2||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||*****|
|3||The Help||Kathryn Stockett||*****|
|5||Cleopatra: A Life||Stacy Schiff||****|
|7||The Paris Wife||Paula McLain||****|
|8||Time and Again||Jack FInney||****|
|9||Water For Elephants||Sara Gruen||****|
|10||Americanah||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie||***|
|11||Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother||Amy Chua||***|
|12||Eat Pray Love||Elizabeth Gilbert||***|
|13||Lean In||Sheryl Sandberg||***|
|14||Little Bee||Chris Cleave||***|
|15||Loving Frank||Nancy Horan||***|
|16||Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking||Susan Cain||***|
|17||Seating Arrangements||Maggie Shipstead||***|
|18||The Adults||Alison Espach||***|
|19||A Star Called Henry||Roddy Doyle||**|
|20||Assassination Vacation||Sarah Vowell||**|
|21||How to be a Woman||Caitlin Moran||**|
|22||Something Borrowed||Emily Griffin||*|
I would love to know about other book clubs. Have you ever read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Any book recommendations? We're looking to read The Girl on The Train for our next meeting.