this bookclub reads

My grandmother started a bookclub over fifteen years ago with my mom, my mother-in-law, and some dear friends. This is the bookclub I'm in today. It's really special and every month I leave the meeting inspired to read more.

This is not a casual, excuse-to-drink-wine bookclub. Although we do partake in our fair share of libations. This is a group of twelve women who READ.

In addition to giving the monthly selection a rating of 1-10, each member reports out on what else they read that month. A lightbulb went off in my head last week: let's share here on this blog!

February was an especially productive month for us because of the snow I think. Believe it or not, this list is actually missing four absent members! HA! Here's what we read and listened to  in February:

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Angle of Repose // Wallace Stegner
The Long Road Home // Mary Alice Monroe
Once Upon a Time, There Was You //
Elizabeth Berg

The Unwinding // George Packer
A Story of a New Name // Elena Ferrante
Sharp Objects // Gillian Flynn

Middlemarch // George Eliot
H is for Hawk // Helen Macdonald
A Spool of Blue Thread // Anne Tyler

Still Alice // Lisa Genova
The First Bad Man // Miranda July
10:04 // Ben Lerner

The Landbreakers // John Ehle
Limbo // Melania Mazzucco
Crazy Salad // Nora Ephron

Leaving Before the Rains Come // Fuller
The Laughing Monsters // Denis Johnson
The Call of the Farm // Rochelle Bilow


The Dinner // Herman Koch
Joseph Anton: A Memoir // Salman Rushdie
Housekeeping // Marilynne Robinson
Barrel Fever // David Sedaris
Bossypants // Tina Fey
Me Talk Pretty One Day // David Sedaris
David and Goliath // Malcolm Gladwell
I Remember Nothing // Nora Ephron

life is better with...this audiobook

After finishing Patti Smith's Just Kids halfway down to Asheville last weekend, I switched over to Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. This one has been on my list to read for awhile, but I am so glad I decided to listen to it instead. Narrated by British actress Fenella Woolgar, this audiobook sucks you in immediately. Creepy, funny, mysterious, fantastic.

I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to discover audiobooks via Overdrive at my local library, but I'm loving them! However, this book is loooooong and because I had my default circulation period set to just seven days, it disappeared off my phone and I'm only halfway finished. I'm second on a wait list to check it back out...good thing, because I wasn't getting anything done!