In my last post about my summer reading bingo/adventure game, I offered to share the list of books my friend Adele's reading group chose for their 2014-2015 year long reading pleasure. That's it, above!
Here's a little background, from Adele, about the group: "It consists of about 15-20 women who live in -or nearby - a retirement community in Ohio. The group has been meeting about 1o times a year since 1999. About 1/3 to 1/2 live in the retirement facility which is made up of individual villas, apartments, assisted living apartments, and total care. Our oldest member is in her early 90's and the rest of us range from our 70's to our 80's."
Each year, at the June meeting, Adele prepares and gives a "book talk" about 15 - 20 potential titles for the group's consideration. Members who have read the book/s and/or are familiar with the authors, etc, chime in, too. Usually in about 90 minutes, the titles have been selected and the group wishes one another a farewell for the summer.
Last June (2013), my friend Margaret and I were fortunate to join Adele and the group at the annual selection meeting. We were delighted to be there, enjoyed meeting the women, loved Adele's preview and reviews of potential discussion titles and especially, her costume. Each year, Adele has worn a hat of some kind at this meeting. Last year she had on a hard hat; this year, she said she wore a homburg that belonged to her father. Apparently next year, the women all plan to wear a hat; that should be fun to see - I hope Adele takes lots of photos!
I haven't checked out the reviews of all the books - a downside from not living near enough to hear Adele's presentation - but was pleased to see that one title on the list is also on mine: Anna Quindlen's Still Life with Breadcrumbs. It is actually in my Kindle collection and up there in the queue to start.
From my book bingo list, Austin Kleon's Show Your Work ( I wrote about last week) qualifies for two bingo slots and possibly a third...potentially giving me 3 of 5 slots filled ;-)). However, I have plenty other candidates and time to explore and read...truly this is a topic and summer activity TBC!
What's on your summer reading list? Are you doing book bingo or your own version? Want to know more about the project? Visit here.