Hmmm . . . so many books to choose from.
Our book club has been meeting for three and a half years, and we have read about 60 books. Sometime, I'll list them all. But for now, I want to show you our ballot for 2015.
About a year ago, we wised up, and decided to each nominate books for the upcoming year and vote on them. Then we'd have a nice line up of books to read. No more, "well, what do you want to read next?" We had kept going for a while by just borrowing book club kits from the library, but those ran out, and we needed a plan.
Planning in advance allows us to find books used online, or place a hold or interlibrary loan request on a book. Because we often read up to two books a month, we want to find them either for free or as inexpensively as we can. Nobody wants to fork over full price at the bookstore.
But before we look at the list, let's relax and have a cup of tea.
|Isn't this the cutest little tea infuser?|
|My daughter got this for one of her brothers for Christmas.|
So, here is the list we are currently voting on, in no particular order, except that I am showing you my nominations first. Everyone's nominations were in by Saturday, and we have a week to vote for what we'll read in 2015. (We are still finishing up last year's selections, and will be ready to start with one of these books the beginning of February).
As you can see, it's quite a diverse line-up, with classics, science fiction, Christian, current best-sellers, and even a western.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Selected Stories of Anton Chekov by Anton Chekov
Letters to Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman
First We Have Coffee by Margaret Jensen
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose by Flannery O'Conner
Summer Morning, Summer Night by Ray Bradbury
Miracles: What They Are, How They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas
Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church by Philip Yancey
The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
Israel, My Beloved by Kay Arthur
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmelo
The Shadow Lines by Amitov Ghosh
Nearing Home by Billy Graham
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Teach Us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel
Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter
What's in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause by Marilyn Chandler Mc Entyre
You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
The Reason by William Sirls
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter van Tilburg Clark
There was one nomination I have to highlight. No offense to my friend who nominated it, but I'm hoping this is a joke. We're very proud of her for landing an engineering job after years of being home and homeschooling her children. But, seriously? Maybe she just wants to share the fun with us?!
Fundamentals of Automotive and Engine Technology: Standard Drives, Hybrid Drives, Brakes, Safety Systems by Konrad Reif
Some of the nominations I have already read, and some I've never heard of. There's a few I definitely want to read, and a few I hope we don't read!
Which books would you choose? What would you add to the list? Are you reading anything interesting right now?
(Note to my book club friends: This is not the official ballot. Deb will be sending that out.)