Rose: Book Club

After a yearlong book-buying hiatus, I’ve started purchasing books again. At one point, I’d bought so many books and hadn’t read any of them so I banned myself from buying more. After reorganizing my library the other night, I realized that I’ve actually read most of the books I own. So, I decided to join a book club at the Yoga Studio in town – Gratitude Yoga – to both make friends and start diving back into books again.

Last week, we discussed “Happiness” by Matthieu Ricard. This book was unique in that it took an ordinary concept like happiness and reviewed it through both a scientific and spiritual lens. It was dense, but not overwhelming, and I rethought my definition of happiness once it was over.

For the next book club meeting, we’re reading “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change,” by Pema Chodron. While I’ve never read a book by Pema, my best friend has, and she raves about them. I follow Pema on Facebook, and her posts are consistently uplifting and poignant. Plus, this book is slim and manageable. I have no doubt I can finish it by March 4.

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As for the two other books in this photo, they tap into my other interests: food and fiction. M bought me “The Hypothetical Girl” by Elizabeth Cohen for Christmas, and I only have a few pages left. Each Christmas he’s bought me a collection of short stories. This book focuses on relationships born through the internet, and each story is told from a different perspective. Of course, any book based on love would appeal to a sappy heart like mine.

We wanted a Farm” by M.G. Kains is a rather old book. I found it in a store in Doylestown, Pa. I read a few of the passages and was intrigued by this couple’s quest to create a farm outside New York City. This book was first published in 1941. I’m looking forward to going back in time a little.

I’m not sure which book I’m going to tackle first, but I’m excited to have such a span of literature on the coffee table. What are you reading?

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5 thoughts on “Rose: Book Club

  1. Thanks for this post! I’m always open to book suggestions. I’m almost finished with “Wool” by Hugh Howey. Then I start MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. (I’m partial to dystopian fiction.) I was hoping to read five books between Jan 15 – March 15 for a library challenge. Wool & MaddAddam are both 400+ page novels. Woomph. I’ll still need two more books after I finish MaddAddam so I’ll be straining in March. I have added “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change” and “The Hypothetical Girl” from your list. They’re both short so if I really apply myself to read during my free time, I *should* be able to squeeze them in before the deadline!

    Curious – is there a reason you purchase rather than borrow from the public library?

    • Hi, Shaina. Thanks for chiming in. A library challenge sounds like something I’d want to be a part of – I’ll have to look into this. I tend to buy books because I like writing in them. I am one of those people who doesn’t like to keep her books pristine. I like the idea of passing my notes on to another person, or vice versa. Plus I like building my book collection. But I fully support public libraries, and we have a great one where I live.

      • Gah! I can’t bring myself to mark in books. I didn’t highlight college textbooks, I don’t write in the margins, I can’t even dog-ear a page without feeling bad for creating that crease. If it’s a book that warrants notes, I either take a picture of the page and attach it to my notes app – or (in the olden days) write it in my spiral notebook with the book info, text, page, and my notes. I love when I get my hands on a book someone has marked all over. I love seeing someone else’s take on a concept or personality shining through their notes. I just can’t bring myself to do the writing!

  2. Ah, these sound like such good reads! I’m currently working my way through academic articles for my thesis. Thankfully, research also requires me to read “The Rise of the Creative Class” and “Provence, 1970” 🙂 I’m looking forward to both.

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