Our next meeting will be on President’s Day- Monday, February 19th at 7pm. If it’s a nice night, we will try Smoky Rose, but if cold/damp- we’ll go back to Urban Vines. I’ll send a note out a few days prior and include in the mid-month Lakewood Hills e-newsletter. Once again, the book exchange was a big hit for our annual holiday gathering. Thanks to a great idea from Betsy- instead of choosing a book for all of us to review in February, we are all going to read the book we received at the party and then give a 5 minute synopsis of our book. For those of you who were not able to attend- please choose a book you have been wanting to read and plan to give a recap.
The list of books exchanged: (ratings from Goodreads)
1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4 Stars); 2. Interpreter of the Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (4 stars); 3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (3.8 stars); 4. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (4.5 stars); 5. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (3.8 stars); 6. Real American- a memoir by Julie Lithcott-Haims (4.5 stars); 7. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani (4 stars); 8. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin (4.3 stars); 9. Persuasion by Jane Austen (4 stars); 10. Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz (4 stars)
Additional side bar topics of interest that were covered:
1. Instagram to follow- OverheardNewYork (funny random quotes); 2. Lit Charts- website that recaps books and pulls out top quotes from each chapter; 3. The Week- Magazine, online too that has good 10 Things You Need to Know list each week; 4. Reign- show on Netflix about Mary Queen of Scots; 5. The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel series on Amazon Prime; 6. Two additional books recommended- DreamLand by Sam Quinones (4.3 stars) and The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain (4 stars); 7. Lucky Dog Books- the secondhand book store recently relocated to Casa Linda near Another Broken Egg Cafe- please support your local bookstore!