Summer Book Club 2016

As I related here I have a goal of hosting a Book Club.

I look forward to lively discussions.
I look forward to lively discussions.

I guess my mind is on books because:

  1. I’m having a book swap.
  2. I don’t read as much as I used to.
  3. I love to read.

My first plan of action was to choose a book.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’ve decided to go with a Pulitzer Prize winning classic: To Kill a Mocking Bird.  I’ve seen the movie but I don’t ever remember reading the novel so I’m excited to get started.

I created a syllabus/invitation which can be hand delivered, emailed, or mailed.
I created a syllabus/invitation which can be hand delivered, emailed, or mailed.

I mapped out a plan for reading and discussing the book which I put into a letter that would serve both as an invitation and syllabus for the study. The group will be limited to 8 people. 

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

I wanted to make the expectations clear from the beginning so the people who commit to the group can presume that others will do the assignments and be on hand for our weekly discussions.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

To start with I sent the invitation to about 20 people via email, U.S. postal service, and hand delivery.  The first person I cleared the invitation with was Charlie.  He informed me he can’t promise to do the reading so he’s opting out. Perhaps he’ll take over the chore of providing hot and cold beverages for the group. It would be quite extraordinary to have our own barista.

Hoping to use the conservatory as out discussion venue.
Hoping to use the conservatory as our discussion venue.

If enough people opt in — 4 minimum — we’ll give it a go.  I plan to supply the books so that we’ll all be working from the same edition when citing pages and paragraphs.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

After we read the book I would plan for the group to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck in the conservatory.

What is your favorite classic novel?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Summer Book Club 2016”

    1. Thank you for your kind note. Wish I could transfer these skills to organizing the house. So far we have 3 takers including myself for the book club. Jo

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