When I agreed to write a guest blog for the winsome and kindred Modern Mrs. Darcy in September, I didn’t know all the goodness that would transpire.
First of all, how much fun did I have writing it?
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! There are no words–only squeals.
And normally it’s a good idea to stay away from the comments, but in this case, the comments were fantastic. In order to enter Mrs. Darcy’s giveaway for my book, readers had to leave a comment stating their own lit crush. There were 440 comments, all so fascinating to read!
(And BY THE WAY: Gilbert won the comments! As I knew he would. As if there was any doubt…)
But there were lots of other lit crushes cited as well, some of them somewhat obscure, like
Anton from “Summer of My German Soldier,” which I remembered reading as a young lady (only a few years after my own Summer of My German Soldier…a story I will tell here soon).
and Barney, from “The Blue Castle,” Lucy Maud Montgomery’s luscious, hidden gem of a novel for grown ups.
and Teddy from the lesser known, lesser read Emily series by L.M. Montgomery. (If you’re an AOGG fan and you haven’t read Emily yet, do so post haste! Some people even prefer Emily!)
Those gems were mixed in with lots of the big classics: Jane Eyre, Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, and Anne of Green Gables, OF COURSE.
So I decided to do my own blog: Top Ten Lit Crushes and Why We Love ‘Em, and my publisher, Tyndale, co-hosted a contest with me.
(Bravo and Mazel Tov, Kelli, Elizabeth, and Michelle! You are the winners of my new book AND the delightful Anne of Green Gables radio theater production on CD! Thanks to you and all who chimed in with great, funny, touching comments.)
Both blogs really hit a nerve, and got me thinking: Obviously, we literary ladies/book geeks loooove our classics, obscure and standard.
And there’s nothing we adore more than discussing the books and characters that have enlivened our days.
So if you revere books like I revere books, let’s all hang out together at the…
LITERARY CRUSH ONLINE BOOK CLUB
Each month, starting in January, we’ll pick a book from the list, read it, and convene here for discussion, recipes and giveaways.
If your last book club fizzled (as they do), or you just prefer to sit at home in your pajamas while you discuss books, this club is for you!
Low pressure. High fun!
I’ve also assembled a group of ladies here in Grand Rapids to meet as a physical (notice I didn’t use the word “real”) book club. The online book club will allow friends from Canada and the UK to chime in as well. Really, I have a friend in Vanuatu so she could join, too.
To celebrate, I’m giving away one of the nine books we will be reading and discussing throughout 2016. Enter to win below by commenting on which book you would most love to discuss, or suggesting a recipe idea for one of the picks.
(German schnitzel for Summer of My German Soldier, English Cheese Pie for one of the British books, Raspberry Cordial for you know what, etc!).
The first book club selection will be Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, I thought it best to shoot for mid-January, once all the wrapping paper is thrown away and the cherubs are back in school, diligently attending to their studies. So we have almost two months to read this delicious, moving, funny book.
Sign up here for my blog, for book club updates and a deluxe set of Mother/Daughter Book Club questions for Anne of Green Gables–perfect for homeschoolers and moms and daughters who love to read.
More later, but for now, please do chime in with your comments: Which of the following titles intrigues you the most?
Summer of My German Soldier
The Blue Castle
Emily of New Moon
North and South
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Anne of Green Gables
By the way, we’ll probably mix it up and do Anne next, because who wants to wait 9 months to read Anne???
The winning commenter will receive the book of their choice from the above list.
Join us! As I like to say about my blog, there’s always room for one more kindred spirit!