Episode 36 - Chris and Emily Discuss Their Reading Goals for 2018

Emily reading to her kids, Rachel and Jacob, circa 1996.

Emily reading to her kids, Rachel and Jacob, circa 1996.

Episode Thirty Six Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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Willa Cather Bookclub:
Join Chris on January 18th at 2:00 at  Bookclub Bookstore & More in South Windsor, CT where she is kicking off a quarterly Willa Cather book club starting with My Antonia.

We have an upcoming read-along:
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster
    Send in questions or comments by March 1st – we will discuss on March 6th episode

– Reading Goals for 2018 –
1. 52 book reading challenge on Goodreads
2. Read “book of shame” on bookshelf : Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
3. Clean up Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads
4. Establish a volunteer relationship with a literary organization – read to kids!
5. Read excerpts from the many short story collections on the bookshelf
6. Send cards/letters once/week
7. Work on joint podcasts with authors, other literary podcasts, etc.
8. Go on an epic book related adventure

1. 52 book reading challenge on Goodreads
2. TBR 2018 reading challenge – hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader
          Chris blogged about her 12 books here
3. Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge 2018
          Chris blogged about her anticipated reading here 
4. Willa Cather quarterly book club at Bookclub Bookstore & More
5. One book challenge – Anna in April – reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
          Sponsored by Amanda of Fig and Thistle Books.
6. Write and submit work

– Currently Reading/Listening –
My Ántonia – Willa Cather (CW) (100 year anniversary!)
Sweet – Yotem Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (EF)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne (EF)

– Just Read –
The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin (CW)
Someone – Alice McDermott (EF)
Sweetgirl – Travis Mulhauser (EF)
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook – Alice Waters (EF)
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays & Stories – Marina Keegan edited by Anne Fadiman(EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily had at home adventures watching the movie Mudbound based on the novel, Mudbound, by Hilary Jordan and starting the series Good Behavior based on the Letty Dobesh Chronicles by Blake Crouch.

We discuss the passing of Sue Grafton author of the Kinsey Millhone series.

Chris adventured to NYC to hunt for a copy of Maurice. She walked and came upon a sign: Melville Square, she wrote about the adventure on her blog. Read about it here.

Chris ventured to the North Haven Memorial Library to pick up movies and books. Tragedy struck and her dog ate two of the books:
    The Woman on the Stairs – Bernard Schlink
    Laureates of Connecticut – edited by Ginny Lowe Connors

December 30, 2017 - Chris met “Our Mystery Man” John Valeri at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore for a final shop of 2017.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
January 11, 2018 – Chris and Emily are finally taking a jaunt to the Noah Webster House in West Hartford, CT.

January 25, 2018 - Min Jin Lee will be at RJ Julia’s Booksellers in conversation with the Book Cougars!

– Upcoming Reads –
Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Hoeg (CW)
Free Food for Millionaires – Min Jin Lee (CW)
Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) – Gretchen Rubin (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures – Anne Fadiman
Inside the Wave – Helen Dunmore
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
Harry Dresden Series – Jim Butcher
The Reader – Bernard Schlink
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

Chris's dog, Buddy, ate two of her library books!

Chris's dog, Buddy, ate two of her library books!