What’s up, Bookworms?
I have been having so much fun with The Fellowship of the Worms lately. Y’all are a super fantastic crew to have a book club with. I also adore my neighborhood book club (lovingly dubbed “My Neighbors Are Better Than Your Neighbors.”) Frankly, all the book club love has got me thinking about books about book clubs. Naturally. Who’s ready for a list?!
1. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik: I read this book while I was still in college, but it’s stuck with me. A group of female neighbors who like to read form a book club. They navigate through their lives, motherhood, and the 1960s while leaning on each other. For as cute as it is, it focuses on some tough stuff. Women’s rights, family drama, the Vietnam War, domestic abuse- it’s got everything. Luckily it’s still optimistic and has a great feeling of sisterhood. Love this book. Actually, I might make my neighborhood book club read this. It seems appropriate, no?
2. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: A group of ladies and one lone dude team up to read ALL THE AUSTEN. The crew tackles all six of Jane’s masterpieces… And their own lives. Books about book clubs always have such great tidbits about the people reading the books. Since reading this about a thousand years ago, I’ve had a goal to read ALL THE AUSTEN. Mansfield Park is the only one left on my list!
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: Meta moment, y’all. We totally discussed this book about a book club in The Fellowship of the Worms, our online book club. It’s turtles all the way down, seriously. I love, love, loved this book! Post WWII tales from occupied Guernsey? Bonding over books? Love in the countryside? So sweet!
4. Xingu by Edith Wharton: The latest addition to my collection, this is a short story by the brilliant Edith Wharton. That Edith Wharton, man. What a pistol. She was constantly lampooning the uppity upper crust and this story is no exception. Lesson: don’t be a snob. You’ll make a fool of yourself. Especially if you mistake a river for a book.
I know there are more books about book clubs out there, I’ve just not read them yet. What are some of your favorites, Bookworms?
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