I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. Lets be honest, I read every Babysitter’s Club book printed (Claudia was my favorite in case you were wondering). Throughout the years I’ve waxed and waned with how much I’ve read depending on life circumstances. Being in college once and then going back again was the worst. I was buried in text books for almost seven years in the early 2000’s, gross. My last year of nursing school, 2011, Lauren called me and told me one of her New Year’s resolutions was to start a book club. Book clubs are for nerds, right? Not this book club. While I had my head buried in health assessment learning about hypertension, the glascow coma scale, foley catheters, and blood glucose levels LC was starting her own grand book club. Lauren and her girlfriends were at happy hour discussing Fifty Shades of Grey, while wearing grey, and drinking Grey Goose martinis. Who’s the nerd now?
In December of 2011 I graduated nursing school. The first thing on my agenda, start a book club. The Denver chapter of LC’s book club started exactly one year later in January of 2012. Every club has to have some sort of rules, right? These are ours:
Book club meets once a month
Lauren changes the date of hers every month
Mine usually meets the third Wednesday night of the month
Sometimes we meet at a bar or coffee shop or sometimes we rotate hosting, the location changes
Books are usually around 300 pages in length, book club should never be a burden!
All books can be found at your local library so you don't have to spend a dime
At book club we pick the book for the next month
Lauren’s book club members take turn picking the book, mine decides as a group
Book club should have somewhere between 4-8 members, too few not good discussion and too many no time to talk
We communicate via email
Book club is a great excuse to have a girl’s night once a month. It can be out on the town and elaborate or cheap and at home with wine and dessert. Be creative! Ready to start your own book club? Every month we’ll post a book we’ve read with a brief description and questions for discussion, the rest is up to you. Happy Reading!
One of my favorite books we’ve read is
The Light Between Oceans.
It tells the tale of two people in love who can’t have a child. The couple believe they’ve received a gift when a baby washes up on the shore of their Australian island. When the family of three leave the island, where they man a lighthouse, to return to the mainland they are reminded that there is a family who has lost the child they now care for. It’s a gripping tail of love, tragedy, and impossible choices. Lets just say I may have been crying, by myself, while trying to eat a salad on a Chipotle patio and finish this book.
Discussion Questions ||
Which characters won your sympathy and why? Did this change over the course of the novel? Did your notion of what was best or right shift in the course of your reading?
When Isabel tries to get Tom to open up about his family, he responds: “I’ll tell you if you really want. It’s just I’d rather not. Sometimes it’s good to leave the past in the past.”(pages 44-45) Do you think it is possible to leave the past in the past? What do you think of Tom’s opinion that it’s a “pity” that we’re a product of our family’s past?
After not being able to have a child, then seemingly inheriting one as a gift would you have kept the child or tried to find the parents?
Discuss the theme of opposites in The Light Between Oceans - darkness and light; safety and danger; land and water; truth and lies. How do these opposing forces shape your reading?
Were you surprised by Isabel’s final decision to admit her role in the choice to keep Lucy - freeing Tom, but losing her child forever? Why or why not? What would you have done?