Book it: Club members discover adventure, friendship, perspective

July 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community

summerreadsBy Brenna Wiegand

The women of the Ladies Literary Society – though they love books and discussing what they’re reading – Heidi Walker says they’ve become more of a social group.

The group usually meets around 6:30-7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and rotate houses.

It’s nearly 60 members strong, but on average about a dozen people show up each month, starting with snacks and beverages.

“We usually have some sort of theme and we discuss the book and then of course we end up discussing all sorts of other life experiences we’re having; we’ve become a more social group,” Walker said. “We sort of tie in how the book might relate to our lives or whatever; it always ends up being a good discussion.”

The book club usually reads a book a month unless it’s an especially long one. In choosing what to read next, group members offer suggestions and they vote on it.

“We talk about the genre, the author and the reviews the book as gotten,” Walker said. “We have a lot of really avid readers in our group so there are a lot of different perspectives; a lot of different views that come out.” Here, members of the Ladies Literary Society offer some great books for summer reading. Enjoy!

Looking for a good read? Here are some literary society picks
The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Crying Tree by Silverton author Naseem Rakha
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Wildwood by local author Colin Meloy
Wild by Oregon author Cheryl Strayed
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

To find out more about the Ladies Literary Society, call Heidi Walker, 503-874-0399

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