It’s Grace, a few days late to do a short little recap of February’s book club at the Oxford Exchange.
I realized earlier that I’ve been majorly slacking on book club write-ups. I love the conversation – and highly encourage you to come if you like what you’ve read – and love to write about it afterwards. The tea and the people are pretty great too, and there’s just nothing more I love than being around people who want to talk about the books we read, or the thoughts we have that relate to them. It’s a pretty wonderful feeling.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this before, I was asked by my local indie bookstores, the Oxford Exchange and Inkwood Books, to run teen-based book clubs. You can read my original announcements and explanations here and here.
(I got the prettiest shot of my workplace, the Oxford Exchange bookstore. The books are even prettier!)
Our last two picks have gone splendidly. In January, our A Tree Grows in Brooklyn book club had a rather sporadic – but enjoyable – discussion with a few new faces (which I always love to see, despite loving my regulars!) It’s a long book so only a few of us finished but we were able to converse really well about the little moments that contributed to Francie’s coming-of-age. Very happy to have crossed that one off the list!
February had more of a lesson-style plan. If you know me and how I conducted The Count of Monte Cristo back in November (character maps are my friend), I’ve gotten pretty good at drawing out character relationships and explaining how they occur chronologically throughout the book.
In February, we did Pride and Prejudice. Although one of my more obscure coworkers scoffed at Jane Austen, I secretly love the romantic storylines and the sweeping atmosphere of the book. There’s something so appealing about the way it’s been presented in retellings, and the satisfaction of the first time I finished it. Needless to say, I was ecstatic that most everyone else had the same reaction. It was a really fun Valentine’s Day pick and we got a good crowd.
Our book next month is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway is a writer I’ve been dying to get into (I’ve actually been reading A Farewell to Arms, although I haven’t been great at finishing books recently.) We were supposed to be doing another book but due to a stocking problem, we ended up needing to pick one we had available. I had a friend reading For Whom the Bell Tolls and suggested it.
Our brilliant social media coordinator at Oxford, Sarah, came up with a gorgeous flyer for the book club that I post about whenever I can – isn’t it just wonderful?
If you’re a teen in the Tampa area, I highly encourage you to head on over to the Oxford Exchange for book club – or just to visit! We have the most beautiful books in there right now and I seriously can’t wait to talk Hemingway with everyone since I’m a newbie to his writing. What do y’all think?