I love to read, and chances are, if you’ve read some of my blog posts or ever spent more than five minutes with me in person, I’ve probably already filled your ear blathering on about my books. So you can imagine how excited I was when hanging out with the lovely Carrie (truly, she’s gorgeous) of Normal Level of Crazy to learn that she is a fellow reading fanatic! Wa-hoo!
In truth, she kind of intimidates me with all the cool, smart books she has read. During our conversation, she wowed me with recommendations and I couldn’t wait to friend her on Goodreads to check out the rest of her reading lists. The more we talked, we got to realizing how much we both liked to talk about books. In fact, I think we didn’t have silly things like life and responsibilities to tend to, we could have chatted the whole night away.
When we started discussing previous and current book clubs we were part of, it was as if a lightbulb went on, “We should start a book club!”
Yes! Yes, we could start a book club and invite all of our friends–that means YOU!
How would we do it? Thoughts excitedly spilled forth as we fell in love with the idea, but the bottom line was: we want to read books together and talk about them.
Because it’s cool to share something with other people–online or in-person.
Because we like getting neat suggestions for books we might not otherwise have read.
Because it’s fun.
So the plan is simple. Every month we are going to announce a book that Carrie and I are both going to read. And we’d love if you read it with us.
In person, we’ll get together to chat about it, and then we’ll write up a post sharing our thoughts and some questions about the book. Comments or discussion on blog posts or on social media would be very welcome–we want to know what you think too! Like I said, we love chatting books, so the more input, the better!
To kick off this little club, our first pick is The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello. As described on Amazon:
“What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?
In this gripping domestic thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.
The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.
The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions:
Be careful what you search for.”
I’m so excited to check this book out, my page-turning fingers are getting itchy. Can’t wait to cozy up and dig in!
Grab The Memory Box with us, friends, and get reading!