book club update

I am SO glad today is (mostly) over.  Curious J was an absolute crying mess this afternoon who ONLY wanted her momma and wasn’t even necessarily happy when she WAS with me.  She took perhaps an hour nap in the late morning when we returned home from our pediatrician visit and store stop.  It was not a good, restorative nap, but it turned out to be the only nap she got all day, despite spending almost two hours in her crib this afternoon, most of that time wailing her tired lungs away.

(I wouldn’t have let her cry so much if I hadn’t A) been told by the pediatrician that her wheezing was much better  B) have checked her periodically for poopy diapers and replacing of nuks and an extra nursing and  C) been almost sure many times that NOW she was going to drop off to sleep.  She even had a few 5 minutes stretches of quiet, where I was sure she had fallen asleep.  But, no, she’d start wailing again.)

Anyway, suffice to say, she was in bed by 7pm tonight, and is still sound asleep at 8:40, as I type this.  I guess every mom has days like that.  And, knowing myself, I will forget about this day, too.

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What I REALLY wanted to say was that I’ve decided to create a separate blog for the book club.  However, this book club needs a name!  I need suggestions!  What should we call the book club?

So far, the people who said they would be interested in the book club are:

  1. Ruth W. (westendorf7)
  2. KT S. (granolablonde)
  3. Jackie H. (tiredmama)
  4. Kirsten Z. (lordsservant)
  5. Sara C.
  6. Carly S.
  7. Barb D.
  8. April M.
  9. Jayne M.

 As far as characteristics in common, all of us are married, all of us are moms (except for Carly, who will begin her journey into motherhood sometime around February 11), and all of us are Christians.  We’re not all Lutheran, but we all have Lutheran connections.  Except for KT and Sara C. and me, everyone else lives in Wisconsin.  I know there are other similarities, but I’ll stop there.  I’m trying to think of some way to bring those commonalities together in a catchy title, but so far I’m having only marginal luck.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.  They’re all lousy.  Feel free to change them to something better.

  • thinking Christian woman’s book club
  • discerning Christian woman’s book club
  • thought-full Christian woman’s book club (see the rut I’m stuck in?)
  • tired, unfinished mothers who like to read … book club

So, as you see, I am in dire need of help naming this book club.

Also, I need to know if you ladies want to read fiction or non-fiction.  I had originally envisioned non-fiction, but fiction would be okay, too.  Or perhaps a mix of both!  But if we decide to do fiction, I want to read some modern works, not just classics.  It’s not that I don’t like classics – I do!  But I want a mixture of classics and modern.

What I’m most hoping for with this book club is good discussion.  I want people to be honest about their feelings for a book, and I want us to have lively discussions about topics raised in the books.

I’m going to choose the first book in the next week or so for us to read, and we’ll start discussing sometime mid-January-ish.

Please comment with your thoughts on a title for the book club, whether you’re interested in reading more fiction or more non-fiction, and please suggest books that you would be interested in reading, too.  Thanks!

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12 thoughts on “book club update

  1. Some of the Karen Kingsbury novels have some really good issues in them. I always enjoy those. I have also enjoyed “A Woman After God’s own Heart” by Elizabeth George. “Boundaries” or “Boundaries in Marriage” by Cloud and Townsend are great for relationships.

    I looked up “Christian Nonfiction” and there was quite a list on amazon.com. I’m game for anything. Just thought I’d throw some stuff out there.

  2. How about the Screaming, Tired, Unfinished, Christian Servants book club (STUCS for short)? 😉

    Or perhaps the Midwestern (Mostly) Mommys Meditating on Manuscripts (or M’s (Em’s?) book club) 😉

    What kind of non-fiction books were you thinking of reading?
    And in reference to the classics/modern discussion, I would suggest that whichever we choose, it would be nice to do books that most of the group has not read before, so we get a “fresh” discussion.

    That’s my two cents (you asked for it!) 🙂

  3. Everyone – Something I should have stated from the start is that while we’re all Christians, I don’t expect (nor necessarily think it’s the best idea) that we should only read books with Christian themes. If we want to, fine. If we don’t want to, that’s fine, too. Just so ya’ all know. But it’s not my expectation.

    Ruth, I love your ideas! I like STUCS – that’s kind of what I was trying to get at – combining yours, Jackie’s and my blog titles into one name. But, I confess I like your M’s book club name, too. Frankly, they’re all vastly better than the drivel I came up with.

    I also agree that the books we read should be new for most of the people. Definitely.

    As far as what kind of non-fiction I had in mind, the answer is anything that would promote an interesting discussion! I’m interested in so many different topics, that practically anything sounds good. The Simple Mom book club has one book on personal finance, one on green living, one on helping kids reconnect with nature, one on understanding men, one on de-cluttering, and one on organizing your family/life. With the exception of the personal finance one, they all sound interesting to me. (However, I already bought the personal finance one and WILL read it because I think it’s a very good idea to know more about finance than I do, especially considering these economic times.)

    Since you asked, 🙂 here are some non-fiction books I had in mind:

    1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This is the second book on the Simple Mom book list, and it’s about a family who resolved to eat nothing for one year except what they grew/raised themselves or what was grown/raised locally.

    2. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a book that many book clubs have been discussing over the past year. (Back when I was ready to deliver Curious J, my doula said that it sparked a lot of discussion in her book club.) It’s about a woman who takes a year off from her life and … goes around the world or something like that. It’s some kind of personal discovery book. It sounds interesting!

    3. For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn. This is also on the Simple Mom book club list. I bought it yesterday and am already extremely impressed by it. The author is a Christian, but the book isn’t specifically about helping you have a better Christian marriage (although if a married woman takes the book to heart, it probably would make her marriage better). It’s about knowing how men really think. I’ve read statements from the book to JJ a number of times in the past 24 hours, asking him if this is right, and he’s said, “Yup.” It’s fascinating!

    4. Playful Parenting by Lawrence J Cohen – This book was suggested by someone to Simple Mom, and I checked it out, and it looks very interesting. It seems like there’s a chance it might promote passionate discussion between two certain bloggers ;), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

    5. Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits by Michael Popkin. I discovered this book about a year or so ago at my library, and loved it. Now that Curious J is displaying her strong-willed spirit more and more every day, I’m thinking that I need to read it again more closely. He’s not a Christian, but the book certainly isn’t anti-Christian.

    6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton. One of these days, when the baby starts sleeping through the night, I WILL organize my house. Although this book really helped me discover what other barriers (besides fatigue) that I have to organizing. This author is a Christian, but she doesn’t use the Bible as a manual for organizing, which I like.

    7. Decision Making and the Will of God by Gerry Friesen and J. Robin Maxson. Ruth is reading this book currently, and it looks very interesting.

    8. Patient Parenting: Raising Your Kids in the Shadow of the Cross by John Juern. This is a new book out at NPH this year, and it looks like the kind of parenting “manual” that I’d be interested in reading. I don’t agree with every parenting book that NPH carries, but this one looks like it would be worth reading. This would, obviously, be a Christian-themed book.

    So, those are some of my book ideas. I have more ideas, too, and I’m always open to new suggestions!

    ~ Emily

  4. Hi dear (“hi dear???” what am I – someone’s mother now? Oh…yeah, right), just some more random thoughts:

    I would like a name that sounds short and catchy – two words, maybe. Em’s M’s sounds cute! But I am also ruminating on something else if that does not pass consensus.

    A book *i* would like to recommend is Happily Married with Kids by Carol Ummel Lindquist.

    I love the Karen Kingsbury books, too, if we want to do fiction.(Redemption series, remember?) Very timely stuff, and usually a swift read.

    I gotta say that I was NOT impressed with the John Juern book.

    Can we also do health/medicine/nutrition type books, too? I know that as women we are mostly interested in relationships, but I think that most of us have very real concerns about this topic as well.

    Thanks, and have a good night. 🙂

  5. Hi Ladies,

    At the risk of sounding heathen, I would echo Emily’s wish for not necessarily focusing on Christian books. Maybe it’s because I’m a pastor’s wife and I feel like so many things in my life already focus on church discussion, so I like the idea of opening up to some of what else is out there and focusing a bit more on being Christians in the world, perhaps?? 🙂

    For what it’s worth, I like the idea of mixing fiction and nonfiction, but am completely fine with anything. I’ve heard great things from other book clubs about “Eat, Pray, Love” and the discussion it brings to the table. I’ve also heard good things about “Three Cups of Tea” as a nonfiction work from other book clubs. It seems like so many people have read both of these books, too, and so I guess I’d like to be “in the know” when it comes to this stuff. I’d also be a fan of any nonfiction works about green/organic living.

    Fiction books I”ve had recommended to me from a friend in a church book club are “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, “The Thirteenth Tale” (supposed to be like a modern Wuthering Heights) and “The Red Tent”.

    So…those are my thoughts….but I’m open to anything!

  6. Hey, Here’s a few books that I have been wanting to read (non-fiction), but haven’t found the time yet…
    1. “Multiple Blessings” by Kate & Jon Gosselin (from TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 )
    2. “Mother Warriors” by Jenny McCarthy
    3. “20 & Counting” by Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar (HUGE Christian family and how they manage their home and children)
    Anyway, don’t know if those are the types of books you’re looking for, but ones that I have been hoping to read some time.

  7. Everyone, I changed my comment moderation status, so now your comments should show up right away.

    I’ve read “The Red Tent,” and thought it was kind of interesting. It’s a fictionalized account of the Biblical story of Jacob and his four wives as told by his daughter Dinah.

    A fiction story that I really enjoyed last year (and that’s being made into a movie that I believe is being released in 2009) is The Time Traveler’s Wife. VERY cool story.

    I’ve heard of Mother Warriors by Jenny McCarthy. I’d definitely be interested to read a book like that, one that would give me more insight into autism.

    Keep the suggestions coming, ladies!

  8. A couple of name suggestions came to mind in the wee hours:
    The Wisdom Seekers
    OR
    Women Seeking Wisdom
    (or something similar)
    It is based on the theme from Proverbs to seek out wisdom above all else.

    I just heard of the book “20 and Counting” last week and saw a little TV blurb about the Duggar family online. I would be interested in that one, too.

  9. I just got to say that after I read “The Red Tent” I was more disturbed than entertained. It did give an interesting perspective, but too much false doctrine and fictionalizing for me…

    Would LOVE to read the Jenny McCarthy book! And Kate Gosselin is secretly my hero 🙂

    But hope we can stay away from reading about people who can get PG by merely thinking about it.

    Although, it may be a good “discussion” book if we have people on opposing sides of the fence 😉

    Another book for opposing sides that I was thinking about was Happiest Toddler on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. Although I realize that not too many out there have toddlers anymore, so it might not pass.

    What about a dream interpretation book? Dream dictionaries are a sort of hobby of mine…I know it sounds like mumbo-jumbo, but, well, maybe that is a good reason to read and discuss it!

  10. I made amazon links for a few more of the books people recommended.

    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I’m starting to get an idea of what books we might want to explore as a group. I hope to hear from the rest of the group yet, as well as any additional thoughts that anyone else has, and I’m planning to make a decision by the end of the week. That way the book will be chosen before the holidays.

    As far as book club titles go, I’m trying to come up with some sort of word that could be an cute acronym. Playing off on Ruth’s idea, I’ve got THUMBS — Tired (but) Happy, Unfinished Mothers’ Book Selections. However, while I like the word in the title, I think “thumbs” is … kind of dorky. Does anyone have other blog title ideas?

    And, on a different topic, is there any interest in the group for reading parenting books? I don’t know how old everyone’s children are, and it seems that the older your kids get, the less inclined you are to read parenting books, not for any bad reasons, but simply because you’ve figured out what works for you. But, like I said, I like parenting books of all stripes – I always take away something useful from every book I read.

    ~ Emily

  11. Who says we’re not dorky? I would take that as a compliment!
    I think we may be overthinking here – why not just “Emily’s Book Club” or “Strey Thoughts” or “Girls from Wisconsin Book Club” or “The I-Can’t-Think-of-Any-Cool-Acronyms Book Discussion Group” 🙂

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