My good friend started a book club about 2 years ago. This is really the only regular activity I have outside the house that doesn’t involve the kids (oh and the gym, but come on that doesn’t really count). I know, pretty sad, but I am working on it.I would really recommend book clubs to any avid reading mommies out there. It pushes your limits on what you read and provides stimulating conversation.

We choose our books for the year at our annual holiday party and I am really excited about this years picks. Lots of non-fiction this year, which is interesting.

To pick our books, each member brings a list of the books (or the actual books if they own them) that they are interested in recommending for their book club meeting (each member hosts book club once per year, which entails choosing the book and hosting the party). Each person then introduced their books to the group and when everyone was finished everyone chose one book from each person’s list/pile (we used check marks). The book from each persons picks with the most votes won and that was the choice.

This process was fun and worked really well, if you have a book club, I would really recommend this process for choosing books.

JanuaryLucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox – This is Michael J. Fox’s autobiography

FebruaryLife of Pi by Yann Martel – The story of an Indian boy and a tiger (that’s really all I can tell you or it will ruin it). This is my pick for the year and one of my favorite books of all time. The minute you finish it you will want to call someone who has read it, so make sure to read it with a friend or even better, with your book club.

March – Not decided yet

AprilInto the Wild by Jon Krakaur – The story of a man who goes out to live in the wilds of Alaska. They made a movie out of his story.

MayExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – I am really excited about this one. The story of a boy with autism from his own perspective. My nephew was recently diagnosed with autism and I am very interested in learning about it a little more intimately.

JuneThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant – Fictional tales of women from the bible told in the voice of Dinah. She tells stories of her four mothers, the wives of Jacob and then her own.

July – We take July off from reading, but this year we are going to have a summer BBQ and do the Please Understand Me personality test by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates. This should be a fun and telling activity.

AugustBrothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women By Alexa Albert – The story of life at the mustang ranch in Nevada.

SeptemberInside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit by Eric Haney

OctoberEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

NovemberThe Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs – One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

December – Holiday party and choose books for next year.

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