When the weather is dreary like this, my thoughts turn to getting cozy with a good book in a comfy chair, perhaps by the fire. Did you know that Mill Creek is teeming with Book Clubs? Even if you are not into joining a group you can get some ideas for your next read.
The University Book Store 15311 Main Street in Mill Creek has a special shelf loaded with the latest selections from local groups including three book clubs of its own.
The Main Street Book Club is reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. They will meet to discuss the book on Wednesday February 23 at 6:30PM. Recent past choices include: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Straight Man by Richard Russo, and Winner of the 2009 National Book Award, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.
If you are more in the mood for a classic, The Creek Classics Book Club is reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” This would be an excellent choice for that cozy spot by the fire with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, all while listening to the wind howl outside and the rain on the window. Ooh, I’m scaring myself. Is that Mrs. Danvers I hear creeping down the stairs? Come to discuss on March 8 at 6:30PM
The bookstore also hosts @thecreekbc – “a book club for readers of the best in young adult fiction.” Their current pick is North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. They will meet to discuss on March 7 at 7:00PM. This group can also be followed on facebook and twitter.
In addition, The Mill Creek Library Book Club and Mill Creek Library Non-Fiction Book Club are represented. They are reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Charlatan by Pope Brock, respectively.
I counted 9 additional neighborhood book clubs with their current picks available! These are private groups that have formed in the area. They have registered with University Book Store, and they keep the manager informed of their picks. The U Bookstore endeavors to keep a certain number in stock and club members can purchase the books and receive a small discount. Some of the current selections are:
- Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- Mourning Becomes Cassandra by Christine Dudley
- Letters From Yellowstone by Diane Smith (sounds interesting)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (loved this one)
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: a Novel by Jamie Ford (on my list)
- Sea of Poppies by Amitov Ghosh
- Pulitzer Prize Winner The Dead Hand by David E Hoffman (looks good)
Well, I hope this list helps, and you are inspired to read. At least you know what your neighbors are reading. Do Tell. The University Book Store and the Mill Creek Library have shelves and shelves more. So no excuses; get cozy and get reading.