An Abundance of Book Nerdery: What Silent Book Club is Reading This Month
One of the things I look forward to every month is the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Silent Book Club meeting. It's super fun! Everyone brings their own book and reads together quietly for an hour, then we all nerd out about books afterward. If you're in the area, you should come hang out with us!
We kick off the meeting with a quick round of introductions where everyone says their name and a little about what they're reading. It's a great way for everyone to learn about books they might like. I always take notes and post the full book list the next day.
It occurred to me that no one is ever reading the same things and people read widely. The group really does read a little bit of everything, so it's a good cross-section of the book world. I've posted the list from the January 2018 meeting below and hope you'll find it inspiring for your next read.
- The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (surrealist painter who also wrote creepy short stories)
- The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
- The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
- October by China Miéville
- How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
- The Planiverse by A.K. Dewdney
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
- The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
- City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
- The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
- Thomas Beckett: Warrior, Priest, Rebel by John Guy
- The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
- Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place by Danielle Shroyer
- Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
- Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
- History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
- Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye by David Lagercrantz
- One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps by Andrea Pitzer
- Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
- The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
- In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Tom Peters, Robert H. Waterman Jr.
- Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
- How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky
- Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
There are Silent Book Club chapters throughout and US and several around the world, so if you're not in Columbus, OH, check the events on the SBC website to find one near you!