So, there is a very good chance that I'm either crazy or a total glutton for punishment. You've all read about my kind of busy life at the moment, and even though I have a feeling it's only going to get crazier in the next few weeks, I committed to one more thing today: a bloggy book club. I'm super excited! Not only will it encourage me to keep up with my blogging, but it'll give me another excuse to fit in reading time every day. I love the idea of blogging about my thoughts on the book and being able to link up with everyone else who is reading, and follow their ideas as well. This is less commitment than a real book club (although, I am still hoping my work one will reconvene after fire season) with all of the satisfaction.
Book Beginnings and Bookends is hosting their second bloggy book club, and will be reading Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan.
According to Publisher's Weekly, It isn't quite love at first sight when Celia, Sally, Bree and April meet as first-year hall mates at Smith College in the late 1990s. Sally, whose mother has just died, is too steeped in grief to think about making new friends, and April's radical politics rub against Celia and Bree's more conventional leanings. But as the girls try out their first days of independence together, the group forms an intense bond that grows stronger throughout their college years and is put to the test after graduation. Even as the young women try to support each other through the trials of their early twenties, various milestones—Sally's engagement, Bree's anomalous girlfriend, April's activist career—only seem to breed disagreement. Things come to a head the night before Sally's wedding, when an argument leaves the friends seething and silent; but before long, the women begin to suspect that life without one another might be harder than they thought.
Feel free to check it out if you're at all interested. I ran to the Library on my lunch break and snagged a copy while it was fresh in my mind. I'm heading back to Michigan next week to visit family, and this will be perfect the trip. Hopefully I can keep up with this and not drop the ball too badly (on anything in my life). Wish me luck!