30 days books challenge

Day 5 - a book that makes me happy

Since reading all kinds of books makes me happy, I figured I would share a book I’m happy to own. I have this favorite Ukrainian poet, Ivan Franko (1856-1916), and a few years ago one of his cycles of poems, “Faded Leaves,” was publised in a new, absolutely stunning version. Just look at it. Apart from being completely in tune with the poetic motif, the book contains pictures of the author himself and people he knew, as well as all autographs of his works from this cycle that could be found.

We have a confession to make. We – tumblr-ers Nicole, Petra and Camila, plus our team member and frog co-parent Beth –

We haven’t readThe Grapes of Wrath. 

I know! I know! We are book people for a living. How did we manage to skip reading a book that most people finish as teenagers? It’s a mystery. It’s embarrassing. And we’re about to fix it.

We’re starting a Grapes of Wrath book club, in the fine tradition of Monkey See’s “I Will If You Will” book club (which previously conquered Moby Dick and Twilight.) Joining us will be fellow GOW newbie Linda Holmes (our Monkey See blogger), as well as experienced GoW-readers Rose, Lynn, intern Jordan and intern Annalisa. And, of course, you’re invited!

Never read it? Read it and loved it? Force yourself through it for English class? Whatever your story is, join us as we read and discuss. We’ll meet three times online – and at the last meeting, which will land on the book’s 75th anniversary, we’ll have a Steinbeck expert on hand to answer your burning questions. Because LEARNING.

Here’s the schedule:

Chunk 1: Oklahoma
Chapters 1-10
Book Club Meets: March 3, 3 p.m. EST on Monkey See

Chunk 2: On The Road And The Arrival
Chapters 11-20
Book Club Meets: March 24, 3 p.m. EST on Monkey See

Chunk 3: California
Chapters 21-30
Book Club Meets: April 14, 3 p.m. EST location and special Steinbeck guest TBD.

You can find more details at the kick-off post on Monkey See. 

We do hope you’ll join us. After all, a book club is only as good as the friends who read with you. (Also important: the wine. But since this is BYOB, that’s all up to you.)

Just remember… We all make sacrifices to finish the book.

(warning puppy still applies.)