My husband, Jason, and I were trying to think of a project we could do in the New Year.
Last year, he tried to teach me how to code in Python and I tried to teach him French (we’d each learn a new language, you see), but it turned out to be a bit more involved than we expected. We needed something that didn’t require us both to do copious amounts of homework and teaching preparation. Mainly because I have no motivation to do my homework since Jason will always love me regardless.
Jason had a brainwave. We’re always reading. We should start the Husband-Wife Book Club!
The structure of our Husband-Wife Book Club is as follows:
1) We will read 10 books in 2018. One book a month for 10 months along with a 2 month break, since this year at some point, we will move.
2) All of these 10 books, neither of us has ever read before.
3) Jason will pick 5 books. I will pick 5 books. These books can be anything that is intended to be read cover to cover (i.e. no reference books for identifying Australian reptiles, but a nonfiction book such as a biography or a true story about a parrot is okay). They can be fiction or nonfiction, in any genre. Also, both Jason and I have to agree that we should read the book. Both Jason and I have the power to veto a proposed novel.
In this choosing process, Jason exercised his power of veto quite liberally. I learned that Jason prefers not to read works written in epic verse. Or ancient works translated from Latin about Roman society. Or an entire three hundred page book of fairy tales. The latter, admittedly, was an epic fail. As much as I like fairy tales, even I cannot read three hundred pages of them.
4) Each month, we will review the chosen books on my blog.
So, which books did we pick? (The pink is my choice, the blue Jason’s, hooray for traditional genre roles!)
1) My Man Jeeves by PJ Wodehouse
2) Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (sci fi)
3) Paradise Lost by John Milton (The only epic poem permitted!)
4) The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
5) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6) A Graveyard for Lunatics (Another Tale of Two Cities) by Ray Bradbury
7) A novel that the wife still has to choose. (Why haven’t I done this yet? What’s wrong with me? I don’t know!)
8) Arslan by MJ Engh (More sci fi)
9) All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (This is me, of course I want to read Stiefvater!)
10) A Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
You can read along with us if you like! You don’t have to be a husband or wife or married to us to join! 😀