Last fall I joined in on a book club at the Church of the Good Shepard in Ruxton, Maryland. I am grateful for this space where our members can meet and communicate about our joint interests. We have a thirst for reading and books. The building where we come together for our discussions charms me every time it greets me.
You see, I have a real weakness. Frequently I go to the library in search of specific titles, many of which are on the NY Times best seller list or whose titles and descriptions I’ve seen in the monthly circular libraries distribute called Book List. But as soon as I step up to the bookshelves, I am drawn in by so many other titles which strike a chord in my heartstrings. What does that say about what kind of reader I am? Perhaps it means I intentionally seek out books I will best connect with.
Joining the book group at The Church of the Good Shepard has had many advantages. #1 – it forces me to read a few books that I may not have otherwise chosen. Which broadens horizons. In 2018- 2019, I enjoyed reading and participating in the discussions of these books. Those starred were my favorites!
- Gutenberg’s Apprentice****
- The Baker’s Secret****
- The Newcomers
- You Were There Before My Eyes****
- The Turner House****
- The Wolves at the Door
In April, we did not have a book discussion because one of members truly was a “Good Shepard” who led us to downtown Baltimore for a special tour led by Paul Espinoza of the George Peabody Library, which is part of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins. What a memorable place to see.
As with many book groups, we are taking a hiatus until September. We will start out the new academic year in September with Educated, followed by Where the Crawdads Sing.
With every book we read it was like going on a field trip. “That’s the thing about books,” states Jhuma Lahiri, “They let you travel without moving your feet.”
But if anyone is up for a little car travel and wants to learn more about what’s between the front and back cover of any book, I might suggest a trip to the Frederick Book Arts Center? Any one up for it in the future?
This blog is written by Sue Batton Leonard, founder of Cornerstone Fulfillment Service, LLC.