I fully admit that I am a book nerd. Anna Karenina is one of my favorite all time books. I dream of taking the Rory Gilmore book challenge (thus combining my love of books and Gilmore Girls).
The last couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to take some wonderful literature classes as part of my degree plan to finish my bachelors degree. I’ve taken children’s literature classes, contemporary literature, and British literature just to name a few. While my to-read list of books only ever gets longer, through those classes I’ve read lots of books that I probably wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up. And I loved the discussions that come from reading great books.
My sister Kara (who guest blogs here fairly regularly) is an avid reader as well and is one of my favorite people to discuss books with. Recently this all led up to the idea of us hosting a book club together. And instead of just doing a local thing we wanted to invite our friends who live anywhere to come and join us!
A nerd to the core, I started a book club in 5th grade with my friends to avoid recess.
For years now, ever since The Jane Austin Book Club came out (helloooo Hugh Dancy), I’ve wanted to have a book club where I get to share my favorite books with my friends.
I’ve tried several book clubs over the years, but none have satiated my craving for digging into good literature and savoring its goodness with others who want the same thing. I want to read great works that inspire and leave you breathless, and I want to discuss them with strong women who also love good books.
Instead of just inviting friends nearby to join us, we wanted the chance to connect with book connoisseurs from all over! Consider this your formal invitation to the brand new Coco and Cocoa Book Club.
We are sure to cover a multitude of genres and time frames with our book choices. Our only real book club rule is that the choice has to be ‘good’ literature. (Yes, that is a little subjective.) With all of that said, our first book choice is Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.
First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social, and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty, and sophisticated, is accepted by “old money” and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears 30, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing and to maintain her life in the luxury she has come to expect. While many have sought her, something—fastidiousness or integrity—prevents her from making a “suitable” match.
Read the book, and then join me and Kara for an online hangout to discuss it. We’ll be getting together Tuesday September 29th at 7pm (Central Time).
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Google Hangout!
You can read the book for free at Project Gutenberg or get the free Kindle download.
Can’t wait to see you at book club!