As promised, I am back with some news and updates about the CSLJ Book Club and what books we will be reading for the next few months. I want to thank everyone for their great suggestions and feedback. I took what you told me and used it to put together a reading schedule for the rest of the year.
I also want to propose a change to our format. Originally, this book club was supposed to function like a blog party, with everyone posting their thoughts on the book on their own website or blog and then sharing the links so we could all visit and read each others blogs. However, from what I saw and heard during our last read, that format doesn’t seem to be working out and most people seemed to prefer a more centralized conversation on Facebook. So with that in mind, I am going to eliminate the link sharing part of the book club and instead we will have a “discussion week” after we have finished reading the book. Each day during that week, I will post a different discussion question about the book on Facebook for people to comment on and chat with each other about. I will also post each day’s discussion question here on the blog so that folks who are not on Facebook can participate by posting their thoughts in the comments. I think this is probably the most convenient and most inclusive way to have our discussions but as always, I am open to feedback and discussions so if you have any comments, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know.
Now on to the good part – the books! We had a lot of great suggestions. Jane Eyre seemed to be the most popular as it was the most frequently suggested book and the book most people expressed an interest in when I asked for feedback on the list of possibilities, so I decided that it should be the next book we read. However, the other books on the list were too good to pass over so I plugged them into a schedule and I hope you like what I came up with.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
– Read: Jan. 28th – Feb. 25th
– Discussion Week: Feb. 25th – March 4th
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
– Read: March 11th – April 15th
– Discussion Week: April 15th – April 22nd
I can’t imagine a better time to read The Secret Garden than the early Spring when everything is just starting to grow and bloom, can you?
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
– Read: April 29th – June 6rd
– Discussion Week: June 3rd – June 10th
The book inspired the film, Field of Dreams, and I thought it would be fun to read for the beginning of baseball season and early summer.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
– Read: June 17th – July 22nd
– Discussion Week July 22nd – July 29th
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
– Read: August 5th – Sept. 9th
– Discussion Week: Sept. 9th – Sept. 16th
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
– Read Sept. 23 – Oct. 28th
– Discussion Week: Oct. 28th – Nov. 4th
A book lover’s mystery with a bit of a ghost story, I thought this would be a good read for late Autumn and Halloween.
Emma by Jane Austen
– Read: Nov. 11th – Dec. 16th
– Discussion Week – Dec. 16th – Dec. 23rd
It seemed appropriate to end our year with Jane Austen’s Emma because we will be celebrating both the 200th anniversary of its publication and Jane Austen’s birthday in December.
So what do you think? I hope you will join us for some, if not all, of our book discussions. If you would like to sign up for book club news, updates, and reminders, you can do so here.