Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year!

My January is fully stocked with reading, book clubs and even a lecture (on a book of course). Tomorrow, I start listening to the audiobook of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles to discuss next Thursday, the 10th, at my local library here in Lansing.  It’s going to be tight to get it finished before then since the unabridged edition is fourteen CDs long.  That’s normally twelve daily commutes so I’m going to have to double-up on lunch listening and while on the elliptical.

To see what else we’re reading and discussing in 2019, please download our 2019 wall calendar here. You can also find the book covers in the right-hand pane of this blog under “Lansing Community Library Adult Book Group.”

Two other book clubs I nominally belong to are reading the following:

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friday by Matthew Dicks
Between the Lines ~ First Fridays at noon ~ Westport Branch of KCPL

Citizen Science by Caren Cooper
Strangr Than Fiction ~ 7 pm Tuesday the 15th ~ Plaza Branch of KCPL

Sadly, I didn’t hear about the selection for Between the Lines until late last week so I will be joining the discussion to wish everyone a Happy New Year and get the scoop for February’s read.

Sometime between now and the 23rd, I need to squeeze in a read of The Age of Eisenhower by William I. Hitchcock because that evening I will be attending a lecture by the author at the Central Library.  For more details, follow this link and RSVP for the event:

And to finish off the first month of January, I will be discussing through the end of Book One of The Fellowship of the Ring and through the end of Phase One of The Return of the Shadow with the Tolkien Society of Kansas City at Minsky’s on Main Street, Friday evening, January 25th.  All are welcome to come and have a pint, some pizza (or a calzone) and immerse yourself in Tolkien’s Legendarium.  Which reminds me.

Wherever you are this Thursday evening, January 3rd, 9:00 p.m., you can join me in toasting the Professor on his 127th birthday.  If you’re in the neighborhood of the Inklings Bookshop in Blue Springs, Missouri, you can join us in person for the toast and another round or two.