Summer of Southern Women

Summer of Southern Women: Go Set a Watchman

I'm sad to see our second summer reading adventure draw to a close, but the Summer of Southern Women was a huge hit! I was happy to get to a few classics that had been on my list and we had some great discussions online and in the store. Just talking to people about books is what I love about being a bookseller, and I feel that our summer reading series allows us to do that on a heightened scale. And speaking of talking about books, it's time for Victoria and I to get down to what we thought about Go Set a Watchman.

Summer of Southern Women: To Kill a Mockingbird

We've been reading all summer, wading through awakenings, purple things, and even some blood with strangely wise qualities to finally make it to the inimitable and legendary Harper Lee. Michelle and I have just finished Lee's 55-year-old classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and we're finally ready to discuss our thoughts and feelings on such a momentous book:

Summer of Southern Women: Wise Blood

We end our jaunt into the wild and weird world of Flannery O'Connor in the midst of Harper Lee fever with the recent release of Go Set a Watchman. But before we can dive into the book that everyone is talking about, Victoria and I first got together to discuss O'Connor and Wise Blood.

Summer of Southern Women: The Color Purple

We're back at the end of week two with another novel crossed off our list! Michelle and I have just  finished up Alice Walker's beautiful novel, The Color Purple, and we're ready to give our thoughts on this much-loved classic.

V: I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't always a happy book, but it gave me good feelings, mostly, to read it, if that makes any sense. The novel is filled to the brim with sayings, characters, and situations that make you think and make you reconsider your own viewpoint on life, and reading it was a wonderful experience.

Summer of Southern Women: The Awakening

M: Welcome back to the CHB Summer Book Club! Hopefully you are following along with #CHBSummer on our various social media (links below). Victoria and I are super excited to be highlighting southern women this summer and we wanted to kick it off with Kate Chopin's The Awakening. There has been a lot written about The Awakening (and indeed all of the books we are reading this summer have mountains of criticism behind them) and so my first question to you is, do you read introductory materials before beginning a classic novel or do you prefer to dive right in and make your own way?

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