The NSL Book Club had a fantastic end of the year get together. We read Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. We wanted something light for the end of the year and a movie, ’Christmas with the Kranks’, to go with it.
The discussion was less about the book itself and more about the holidays and how we celebrate, or don’t celebrate. Do we have too much pressure on us to decorate our house, like the Kranks? Have the perfect party? Have gifts for everyone we know? Or those of us in aggressive homeowners associations with intimidating block leaders demanding the requisite bow on the mailbox be the perfect shade of burgundy, or other such similar situations, and how to survive with a smile. I think we all agreed that we felt overwhelmed or stressed at times and it’s hardly ever a Christmas Hallmark movie, which is why we’re addicted to watching them. We also discussed the commercialization of Christmas and that fact that some of us really like all the commercial “trappings”.
In honor of Charlie Brown I made a little lopsided book tree. It was not nearly as grand as last year, but still filled with exciting ARCs for the members.
January's book is The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje and we meet on Thursday, January 17th.. Our entire reading list for 2013 is up here: http://alturl.com/58ge2 To see what we've read throughout the years check out our GoodReads page, http://alturl.com/9d9bn.
Happy Holidays everyone!