I have been cheating on our Book Club. (I mean, not with another book club.) (Like I could ever find another book club.) (I couldn’t. Ever.) But I haven’t exactly been faithful to our book club LIST this year. It’s not that I don’t WANT to be faithful…it’s just. Well, life has been kinda stupid crazy. And for some reason, I haven’t been able to make all the book club reading work. I basically just show up for the nachos.
The sad thing is that I really love reading. Like, super a lot I love it.
I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned my love of reading before. Growing up, I pretty much always had a book in my hand and I, actually, would get in trouble for reading because I was supposed to be doing something else. This could be a very important reason why I don’t let myself read very often as an adult. Shit just wouldn’t get done.
There’s already enough shit not getting done in my life. No need to make things worse.
To make things easier on myself, even as a youngster, I would re-read my favorite books so that I, in theory, would be able to put the book down as needed. I wouldn’t get super sucked in and become a worthless (okay, UNPRODUCTIVE) human being if I already knew what was going to happen. These books were like old friends! They were like hugs after a bad day…or a comfortable old chair when you are so tired from the day and just want to relax. Still joyful but a lot less work to keep up. It just so happens that these books are what I’m reading (mostly) this year since I can’t seem to keep up with our book club because…well, because I can’t seem to keep up with book club. (I’m working on it. It’s complicated.)
I know I can’t be the only one who is a chronic re-reader. So I’m coming clean in my literary infidelity (that really just sounds terrible) and confessing the books that are my go-to happy place whenever possible.
(Later I’m going to apologize for comparing this to infidelity. I blame the Duggars.)
(And then after that apology, I’m going to apologize for THAT.)
To legitimize all of this (heh) I’m bringing up our very last book from last year’s book club list and my current re-read at the moment. I love Valancy and her crazy family. Love her. I have read Blue Castle probably at least 20 times since…well, I think I was in middle school when I read it for the first time. Maybe early high school years. Somewhere in there. (Why does it matter? I don’t know. Way back then, you guys.) What I’m saying is I’ve read this a lot over the years. I completely love the whimsy of it all and I’m not ashamed to say it.
Rilla of Ingleside
You can sense my love for L.M. Montgomery. Otherwise I just basically told you about it but what it comes down to is that I have been completely smitten with the Anne of Green Gables books since middle school. I’ve ready all of them MULTIPLE times, but I’ve read Rilla of Ingleside the most. Probably 20 times are more. (Have I actually counted? NOPE. This is based on a very complicated math system that mostly has to do with GUESSING. So there you go.) Rilla is Anne’s youngest daughter and the book takes place during WWI. It’s charming and wonderful and full of kindred spirits. YES, KINDRED SPIRITS.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shocking that this book is NOT by L.M. Montgomery but it has the longest name of probably any book I’ve ever read so there you go. (That’s not true. It just FEELS true when you say it out loud or type it.) To be honest, Guernsey (as we like to call it) probably does have a very L.M. Montgomery feel to it, but I’m not going to get too deep into figuring out what that all means. Besides, none of you care. TGL&PPPS is a historical novel that takes place during WWII and is about the German occupation of, wait for it, Guernsey island in the English Channel. I LOVE this book. However, I’ve probably only read it about 10 times or so because math is hard. Or because I first read it about six years ago. (That could be a lie. Remembering dates and details of my own life is what’s hard.)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Deathly Hallows
I think I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books at least twice. Pretty sure. (Some more than others for whatever reason.) However, I’ve read HP Azkaban and HP Deathly Hallows probably around four times each. Not as many times as the other books and I’m sure that has everything to do with the fact that they are kept on my daughter’s bookshelf and not on my own. So I’m a lazy-ish re-reader.
Which brings me to some new books that I’ve fallen in love with and one of the biggest reasons I haven’t been completely faithful to the CCM Book Club: Rainbow Rowell.
It all started out as my kid (and Sarah) really wanting me to read Eleanor & Park. So I did. Which lead to reading Attachments. Then FanGirl. And then I’m absolutely smitten with Rainbow Rowell books. So much so that *I* shed a tear when my kid’s favorite (English) teacher got her a signed copy of FanGirl for graduation.
You really must read all these books. In all your spare time.
So…yes. I do have some catching up to do with all things Book Club. I do. But I feel like a weight has been lifted now that I’ve confessed all of this to you. Believe it or not, I am slowly getting caught up on some of the book club books that I missed and I will be THAT PERSON who wants to talk about these books a year after you’ve read them. At least there will (probably) be nachos.