We figure that the Inkblots, my reading group, has been reading together for more than 7 years now. That seems impossible. But now we are starting to get the idea of how groups stay in business for 25 years or more. You just keep coming.
Our December meeting is about exchanging gifts and picking the new books for next year. I love it, but that's because I'm bossy and I love making lists. So, we chose our twelve books. And now it's up to me to order them in some way, mixing in the sad with the funny, fiction with nonfiction, etc. That's harder than you might think.
Anyway, here in no certain order, is the list for my group for 2008:
Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Final Payments by Mary Gordon
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Cosmas, or The Love of God by Pierre de Calan
My Life in France by Julia Child
Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
I think it looks like a good year. A little of everything: memoirs, short stories, Catholic, non-Catholic, popular, classic. Now it's off to figure out our calendar.
I wish you could all come!