Welcome to Rebecca’s Book Club!

Last week I spent my days with my family down at Duck, North Carolina. And of course, no vacation would be complete without some beach reading. As I sat there with sand in my toes, I was also contemplating how to better interact with all of you, as opposed to just writing.

Then it hit me. Book Club.

Every other Wednesday I will post a review of a book I recently read, but more than that, I’d love to get discussions going. Tell everyone what your favorite parts were, recommend similar books, and request other books for me to cover.

I picked 5 books to start off, but going forward I’d like to start a poll here and my other social media outlets for what to cover next. I’ll still be writing my regular articles, but I thought this might be a fun addition for all of you.

Below, you’ll find the first five books.

The Martian, Andy Weirbook-review-the-martian

MacGyver in space. Really. It’s about a guy who gets stranded while on a mission to Mars, and he has to figure out how to survive on the Red Planet and how to get back in contact with NASA. It should come as no surprise I picked a book about space exploration to start this off.

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett5826

While I was doing a marathon thrift store session with my cousin’s husband and daughter last week, he pulled this book off one of the many discount bookshelves and assured me I’d like it. I added it to my haul of a coat, comforter, and several vinyl records. According to the back, it appears to be a political thriller set in South America. He’s writer and a critic, and his recommendations are very good, so I will read it and hopefully you will all like it.

The God Who Weeps, Terryl and Fiona Gibbons81902b3b946f5847fc86cae93e220ea2

I recently attended a meeting where these two spoke, and I have to say, I was deeply moved with their take on my own religion. I look forward to reading this book about God’s compassion for humankind, and will probably read their other published works as well.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Leporelepore_wonder_woman_cover

Wonder Woman is one of my all-time favorite icons. Also, a lot of my friends refer to Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 12.50.06 PMme as such, so when I saw this on the shelf, it was an obvious purchase. This book doesn’t go into the secret identity, but the secret history of the longest standing female superhero and her link in the struggle for women’s rights.

No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu41tVeD6-EML

This is not light reading. While not long, this book goes into the horrors of the South African apartheid, and how they worked, and are still working to heal the gaping wound that it caused within the country. It is compassionate, inspiring, and honest. The author, Desmond Tutu, is an emeritus Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Laureate who headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday!

Update: I’ve recently taken on some extra work, so they may not be as regular as initial intended, as this is simply not my highest priority right now.