Every now and then, I get an . . . itch . . . to do something differently.
To shake things up.
To take a bit of a risk.
To try something new.
Today, I'm excited to invite y'all to come along!
Here's how it works:
Each quarter, we'll read a new book together. On the first month of the quarter, we'll introduce the new book. In the second month of the quarter, each of your hosts will put together a post about the book, and in the third month of the quarter, we'll host book discussions on our blogs. (For now, we'll just discuss the book in our comment sections, but maybe - if this works - we'll get fancy and try something more interactive.)
Want to read with us?
Our first book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, a "powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice"* This book has been on my personal "to read" list for a while now. I've heard it's excellent -- a book you won't easily forget, one that will both make you mad and give you hope -- and I can't wait to read it with you.
If you're hesitant because you don't like to read non-fiction, please don't rule this book out! I've heard it reads like a story, and that even people who don't care for non-fiction find it engaging. It's been out for a few years now (published in 2014), so it's available in paperback ($7.89 on Amazon, if you're a Prime member) or on Kindle or iBooks (slightly higher $). I was able to pick up the book at my local library -- there wasn't even a waiting list.
You know what else might be kind of fun? Just Mercy is coming out in movie form in December. (It's on my Oscar watch list, and it's getting Oscar-hype already). Wouldn't it be interesting to have read the book before the movie comes out?
I really hope you'll come along and . . . Read With Us!
(Tell your friends.)
Please let us know what you think of our plan in the comments. We consider this a "beta" test of the "bloggy book club concept," and are eager for your feedback to make future adjustments.
* A statement made in so many reviews of the book I just don't know who to quote. . .