January 28 - Cuckoo's Calling

Our next book group meeting is Monday, January 28th at 3pm at the Lillie M. Evans Library.  We're reading Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.  This is the first in a series written by author J.K. Rowling using the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.  Copies of the book are available for pickup at the LME Library desk and book discussion guides are also available online.

Book Summary: "After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man."

Titles for 2019

We chose our titles for 2019 during our October and November meetings.  Here's our list:

2019 (Our 16th year!)
January 28
Galbraith, Robert
February 25
Jackson, Joshilyn
March 25
Heller, Peter
April 29
Shetterly, Margot Lee
May 20
Berg, Elizabeth
June 24 
Locke, Atttica
July 29
Westover, Tara
August 26
Wiggs, Susan
September 30
Ide, Joe
October 28
Kiernan, Denise
November 25
Hannah, Kristin
December 9th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2019
& get our new list for 2020

For those of you keeping track--here's the listing for all the titles we've read over the last 16 years! Book Discussion Lists 2004-2019

Reason You're Alive-Nov 26

We met on Monday, November 26th to discuss The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick.  Even though the snow was piled high, we still had 4 book club members attend.  This book wasn't one that most members would have picked up but everyone liked the book.  The book discussion guide was available online.  We also worked on selecting titles for 2019.

Our next meeting will be December 10th at 3pm for a coffee chat about favorites from 2018 and the upcoming list for 2019.  Please feel free to bring your favorite treats to share!

Best of 2018

Yes, it's that time of year again when all the best books of the year lists come out!

What did I love in 2018?  Well, I started off the year with a great first time author, Sue Halpern.  This book was appealing not only because it took place at a library, but I loved the characters and the small town setting. 

Another favorite was Lost Vintage by Ann Mah.  Everytime I think I'm can't read another World War II novel, a book like this comes out and I'm drawn in again!

Several of my favorite authors released new books that I loved.  After being bitterly disappointed with The Best of Adam Sharp, Graeme Simsion (the author of the Rosie Project) redeemed himself with Two Steps Forward which he wrote with his wife.

Jojo Moyes has never disappointed me and I loved her book, Still Me ,and Naomi Novik's, Spinning Silver, was a fabulous mixture of fairytale and fantasy.

I also discovered a few of new authors including Deanna Raybourn, Chistina Lauren, Rebecca Roanhorse and N.K. Jemisin.

If you're looking for other best of 2018 lists, check these links out:

Library Read's Favorites of 2018

New York Public Library's Best Books of 2018

NY Times announces its "100 Notable Books of 2018"

The Washington Post picks its "Best Books of 2018"

Looking forward to 2019!

Great American Read - the results are in!

If you've been following the Great American Read on PBS, you know that Americans have been voting on their favorite books for months now.  Last night, the top pick was announced and the winner is: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To find out about more about the winners, visit https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/results/

The video of "The Grand Finale" is online as well.

Thank you to all who participated!

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