If there’s one thing that keeps my reading on track, it’s being part of a book club. Today I’m sharing a couple of book club reads and one doozy of a book that’s over 700 pages long!
First up is Mozart’s Starling. I read this one for an in-person, book club meet-up in early October. Yes, we met in-person! At a cool outdoor restaurant in Durham called Namu. I have to admit that I was was skeptical about this book at first. I mean it’s about a bird species that is literally hated by ornithologists (people who study birds… learned that from reading this). And it’s about how Mozart befriended one of these little guys and kept him as a pet. It was surprisingly entertaining, though some bits were academic and a bit over my head.
Next up, another book club read. This one was in November, at a friend’s new home (lovely by the way). The Paris Library is historical fiction with a dual timeline, one set in Paris during WW II, and the other in Montana, where the main character finds herself, during the 80s. I thought the connection to Montana a little strange, but overall it was a good read. It was interesting to learn about The American Library in Paris and about the librarians who worked throughout the occupation of Paris during WW II. I also enjoyed the female relationships in the story. At the end, The Paris Library was a reminder of the horrors of World War II, but also of the resiliency, bravery and generosity of the human spirit.
Last on this edition of Currently Reading is this gigunda book, Ninth Street Women. Like I said, its over 700 pages long with a whopping extra 200 pages for the acknowledgements, notes, bibliography and index (the index ends on page 927!). The research is commendable! I’m reading and re-reading it in sections, and I am LOVE, love, loving it so far. This one will be on repeat for currently reading posts, as it will take me months to finish.
I now I leave you with this. The remnants of a successful, book club meeting. xxx -T