At our January virtual book club meeting, my friends and I landed on a concept to guide our reading for the year — and completely by accident.
We’re calling it “The Year of Connections,” and it’s kind of like the Name Game (where you say a famous person’s name, such as Abraham Lincoln and then the next person needs to say a name that begins with an L such as Lana Turner and then the next person says a name that begins with a T such as Terry Brooks).
Only we’re choosing book club books this way.
So… our January pick (mine) was Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. A couple of us had already dived down the rabbit hole (I started reading The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, while a friend started rereading To Kill a Mockingbird). Another friend mentioned that she’d like to read something by Truman Capote, and she chose his novella The Grass Harp for February.
And then it hit us: we could choose our next book by connecting it with the book we’d just read.
So it’s kind of like a reading map that might go a little haywire…
We’re starting with:
Book about Harper Lee > Book by her friend Truman Capote
I can’t wait to see where this plan takes us next…
Stay tuned to see where we find ourselves in a few months.
I’m sure we’re not the only ones… What brilliant schemes has your book club concocted on the fly?