Thursday, July 19, 2012
A Favorite Book and Book Group
I haven't reviewed this book on Goodreads yet, and I actually want to post that one when I do it. So this isn't the actual review I will write on this book.
I recently read the book "These Is My Words" by Nancy Turner. It one an Arizona Book Award and was nominated for a Willa Cather award. A friend of mine told me about the book several years ago when I still lived in Arizona. She had read it for her book club. I put it on my list of to-reads, and it kept getting pushed to the bottom. A few times, I tried finding it for fun at the library while I was there, but it was never there. Finally, I moved it to the top of the list because I felt like reading something from that period of time, late 1800's. I reserved a copy at the public library and within days I had it in my hand.
This has got to be one of the best books I have read. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. It wasn't exactly a page-turner, but I fell in love with the story and the simplicity with the way it's told. I have always loved that time period and I think that was one of the factors that drew me to the book.
I was so excited about it that I decided to finally try and organize a book group, something I've been wanting to do for a while now. So I sent out messages and suggested the book and got quite the response. Tonight is our first meeting where we will discuss this book and I am quite excited. In fact, I ordered a copy of the book for myself in the mail and got it on Saturday and have been re-reading it ever since. It is just as good the second time around, even after only a month of having read it the first time.
I am excited about a book group. One thing I have really missed about being in school the last 12 years is the discussions about learning. Admittedly, a book group won't be like learning new things, but I'm looking forward to discussing what I'm reading with other people who've actually read it, not just my husband after I tell him the story of what I've read and then proceed to tell him what I think about it. This will be much more enlightening and much more rewarding. I have always wished I could put together a group of ladies who love learning as much as I do and would be willing to research out topics to learn about and then get together periodically to discuss them and share what we've learned. I'm not sure anyone would want to form such a group, so I figure a book group is second best. We won't always be learning new things, but we'll be discussing what we've read, and that is something I really look forward to doing.