This year, my book club decided to do things a little differently. I still used Modern Mrs Darcy’s 2019 Reading Challenge as a starting point for category ideas, but I put in some requested repeats and some new ideas of my own. We also simplified the hosting process a little by keeping the categories in an assigned order vs having the hostess choose the category. This change also made it easier for me to keep track of the categories and let people who missed meetings which category to work on for the next meeting.

Several people had to miss meetings due to weather, illness, and new jobs. I missed the March meeting due to having a baby in February. However, at least two people managed to get together each month to discuss books. I want to share those choices now as recommendations and for reference at other meetings for my club.

January: A book you’ve been meaning to read

  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (mine)
  • Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
  • Mirrorworld by Cornelia Funke
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker
  • The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe
  • Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

February: A book about a fascinating topic

  •  I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (mine)
  • Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith (mine)
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

March: A book from the backlist of a favorite author

  • Snow Queen series by K M Shea (mine)
  • Tremendous Trifles by G K Chesterton
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Sockeye County Au Naturel by Jerusha Jones

April: A book by an author new to you

  • The Legendary Inge by Kate Stradling (mine)
  • Bagthorpe Saga by Helen Cresswell
  • Beauty and the Beast by K M Shea
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Paper Magician saga by Charlie Holmberg

May: A translated book

  • Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (mine)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (NOT recommended by reader)
  • The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

June: Blind date with a book (everyone traded books for this one)

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (mine)
  • Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Quereshi
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by ‎Mary Ann Shaffer‎ and ‎Annie Barrows
  • The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

I hope some of you find some good books to read from this lengthy list. Some of these books made their way on to my to read list. Happy Reading!

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