I will start by saying that it has been a true honor to join the OMC family this year. I have enjoyed getting to read along side of all of you these last months that I have lead Book Club. We have read mysteries, ghost stories and romances. Reading is such a relaxing pastime for me and I have enjoyed engaging with everyone in Book Club over our shared passion.
Here is what we read together in 2022:
February: Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
March: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
May: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
July: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
September: Layla by Colleen Hoover
October: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
November: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
December: The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch
Our Book Club members voted on our favorite book club book of the year and favorite book out of everything read this year. The polls were open the month of December. The two books that won, won convincingly.
Our Favorite Book Club Book:
Our November book of the month was a mystery that everyone loved!
A perfectly planned, elegant wedding on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. What could possibly go wrong? Murder, that’s what. The only problem is you don’t know who was murdered or who did it until everyone’s secrets and motives have been revealed. Every character is a potential suspect and everyone is a potential target. No detail from a character’s past is too small and might be the one clue to unraveling this mystery. Is it the bride? She’s obsessed with her outward appearance and may be in love with someone other than her future husband. Is it the plus one? She is growing more and more paranoid about her husband’s relationship with the bride. Is it the wedding planner? She and her husband own the wedding venue and know the island better than anyone. Is it the best man? He obviously has secrets he would like to keep buried and when those secrets are threatened to be revealed he must react to protect himself. Is it the bridesmaid? Her older sister is the bride, she obviously is disinterested in the wedding and is also carrying a heavy secret. Most importantly, who is the body in the woods and why was he or she murdered? Will you figure out this mystery before the big reveal?!
Our Favorite Overall Book of the Year:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed
This also made my personal top ten of the year!
This beautifully written biography of the fictional Evelyn Hugo, makes it hard to believe she is not a real person. Monique Grant is a struggling magazine reporter that is hired to write a tell all book about Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn is determined to tell the story about her long career in Hollywood and why she left Hollywood in the ‘80s. Of course she covers the 7 husbands Evelyn has famously had along the way as well as the greatest love of her life. As they spend more time together, Monique feels a deep connection to the Hollywood star. However, as their time together comes to an end, Evelyn reveals her darkest secret that connects her and Monique in a way that entangles their lives forever.
If you love to read, we would love to have you join us in Book Club in 2023!
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