ICYMI, after our last (small-ish) book club meeting in June at Pamperin Park, Amanda and the others thought we should be discussing these book titles more regularly, just to keep our Green Bay Area Moms Blog book club more top of mind for you busy mamas. But this isn’t just about adding more book titles to a list.
When we put together our book club selections at the beginning of the year, we were living in a different age. The coronavirus was not yet even a blip on our collective radar screens. The idea of living under a quarantine? Never crossed our minds. I envisioned going about my usual routine – regular trips to the library, bringing books along on vacations and airplane rides, getting together in coffee shops or restaurants to discuss these reads with other bloggers and friends.
Well, we all know how the story changed.
To that end, I’m thrilled to be adding more book titles and some virtual meetings to our original book club schedule. At the same time, I’m humbled and a bit embarrassed when I look back on my original list of all-white authors. Coronavirus isn’t the only way our world has shifted in recent months. Conversations about race relations and prejudices are more critical than ever, in my opinion, and “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult is one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read on the topic. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions when we discuss this book virtually later this month. You might also enjoy this blog post written by Green Bay Area Moms Blog contributor Erin Pennings. It certainly hit home for me!
That being said, and without further ado, our adjusted and newly expanded Green Bay Area Moms Blog book club titles for 2020:
- July: “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
- August: “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
- September: “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty
- October: “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
- November: “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter
- December: “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
We will be discussing our Book Club titles via our Facebook group! We still plan to tentatively meet in-person quarterly, but we will host the discussions virtually for the other months!
Are there additional titles that you would like to see on this list? What about books by people of color? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!