The St. Andrew’s book group meets at the church on the 3rd Monday 6-8 p.m. monthly except in December when festivities seem to overtake our lives. The books are chosen between the group members at the beginning of the year. Because we represent diverse reading preferences and are open to the community, we do not read specifically theological texts, although it may be one’s choice and we try to accommodate those attending. We want all who attend to feel welcome regardless of their religious leanings or lack thereof.
Our plan for 2018 shaped up as thus: Three of the meetings do not have an assigned title. In April, which is National Poetry Month, we share favorite poems. In September we read a title of our own choosing from the ALA’s Banned/Challenged book lists, in recognition of the American Library Association’s Banned Book Week and then report back to the group. January, it was decided, belongs to books for Children or Young Adults, which can be either a favorite from our own past or one we have recently discovered.
We tried to incorporate a variety of fiction and non-fiction from across different genres/categories. This is 2018 list:
January – choice of authors in Children/Young Adults
February – An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn (non-fiction/memoir)
March – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (fiction)
April – choice of poetry
May – Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hansen (non-fiction)
June – The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (non-fiction/memoir)
July – The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard (non-fiction)
August – Ninety Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams (fiction)
September – choice of banned/challenged books
October – The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro (non-fiction)
November – Zero K: a Novel by Don DeLillo (fiction)
December – no book group this month