How did you get together? Friends, sisters and friends of sisters is how we became a book club. We are a bunch of moms who wanted to get our brain juices flowing and reconnect with ourselves. We used the Oprah's Book Club guide to get us started, and we named our book club Timshell 12, after a word in the first book we read, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. We've been together for four years.
Which Oprah's Book Club selections have you read together? The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
What are your all-time favorite selections? The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult, Atonement by Ian McEwam, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, World Without End by Ken Follett and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. We just finished To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We try to incorporate some type of theme food or cocktail to go along with the book we are discussing.
How do you decide what to read next? Majority vote rules on what book is decided that has worked really well for us.
Are you planning any special trips or events? In November, we were invited to visit Victor Villasenor's ranch; he is the author of Rain of Gold, which we will read in the fall. We would love for Oprah to join us!