I Just Joined A New Club, But Wasn’t Aware of It

17 Mar

I could be your worst Book Club nightmare.

Just strolling on in to eat the snacks and talk about scenes in the book that only come out in the movie. It’s taken me a year to read two books. Just two. And I’m not even finished yet. It’s not to say that the books are bad, they’re not. They’re actually pretty good. Really good.

It’s something else holding me back, interrupting the nooks and crannies of quiet time and peace, making my eyes heavy, so heavy that I knock out with having only read a page. It’s the culprit that keeps your bookmark on the same page for weeks, it’s the thing that keeps you renewing different copies of the same book from the library for over and over again. It comes to a point where you should really purchase it by now.

It’s parenthood.

Yup, that pesky responsibility keeps getting in the way of a good book … well parenthood and my love of Netflix. I usually keep this shame and embarrassment to myself. I mean what kind of writer am I if I’m not reading other people’s work? I mean I even have an autographed copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book hanging out in bag, next to the Chapstick, still marked on Chapter 4.


Chapter 2.

The embarrassment even compels me to lie where my bookmark falls. I’m so used to keeping it to myself, I try to downplay it in public. But every so often when my buddy posts something, I am reminded of this failure even more and there’s downplaying it to her. I confess. Automatically. And after our little conversation I think I should really be banned from any book club entirely.

You see my blogging buddy, Jackie Cangro is an avid reader and posts these amazing reading lists on novels that appeal to every kind of book lover. And every time I see it, I jot down at least one or two books and let her know how amazing they sound and how ready I am to walk on over to Barnes and Noble and head over to Amazon.com to buy it.

But that never happens.

I end up being the bad Book Club member of a club I was never invited to be a part of, sad I know. The kind you don’t want to invite back because they never finish the book, or they have yet to get started.

But then I realized something … I HAVE been part of a book club and finishing books every month sometimes three, four, five books. I just wasn’t realizing it because it was the Parenthood Book Club. I’ve been hanging out with Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, Victoria Kann, Herman Parish, Ted Arnold, Roald Dahl, Henry Winkler, Beverly Cleary, Jack Chabert, Jeffrey Brown, Tom Angleberger, Wendelin Van Draanen, and many others.

So I stand corrected.

Parenthood hasn’t  made me a terrible book club member, I just joined a new club and wasn’t aware of it. Adventures come in all kinds of genres.

Here are our top picks:


For adventure and young Jedis.



My kids enjoy the laughs Scaredy Squirrel brings.



The Here’s Hank series is one of the funniest and engaging stories involving a young boy and his adventures with family, friends, or school.



This series always cracks up my kindergartner. Easy to read and fun.



Who doesn’t love Dr.Seuss right?



We love Amelia Bedelia’s smart, strong, funny, and independent mind. Her adventures always keep my kindergartner engaged.


Shredderman Books

Standing up to bullies, solving mysteries, and doing the right thing are all part of this amazing series for young kids.



My son loves this nonfiction series! It talks about the lives of important historical figures in a way that’s interesting for young readers.



I loved Beverly Clearly growing up and was so happy that my son enjoyed the adventurous story of Ralph and his motorcycle.



This classic had my son looking for Willy Wonka Gobbstoppers and Everlasting Chewing Gum. It was an imaginative ride that proved to be one of his favorites.



Fly Guy! His stories make a kindergartner and 3rd grader laugh. Fly Guy explores both fiction and nonfiction genres. His adventures in fiction explore school, museums, restaurants, fly swatters, Frankenstein and other fun stories that revolve around friendship. The nonfiction series helps kids learn about science, animals, and environments.


Feel free to check some of these out with your young book lovers. There are so many authors and books that we’ve come across that I couldn’t mention, but if you know of any feel free to share!

Have a great weekend!


12 Responses to “I Just Joined A New Club, But Wasn’t Aware of It”

  1. bgddyjim March 18, 2017 at 2:16 AM #

    Oh my GOD! THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE!!!! That is the single book in my life that got me interested in reading. Well I’ll be!

    • The Guat March 19, 2017 at 9:19 AM #

      He thought that one was so funny, a mouse and his motorcycle?! Got to read. Super adventurous. He ended up reading the whole series in two weeks but said The Mouse and The Motocycle was his favorite. Beverly Clearly rocks!

  2. Jackie Cangro March 18, 2017 at 6:19 AM #

    You can join my book club anytime!

    Just bring the chocolate, you know?

    • The Guat March 19, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

      Duuuude there is chocolate on hand here alllllll the time. 🙂 I was rolling while writing this because I was totally thinking of your reading lists and wondering … I hope Jackie gets a kick out of this ha! Good to hear that chocolate opens doors everywhere.

  3. traceyr1984 March 18, 2017 at 1:49 PM #

    Cynthia Rylant writes a couple of good series. We love her “Henry and Mudge” and “Mr. Putter and Tabby” books.

    • The Guat March 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

      We’ll have to check those out. My kids enjoy all different kinds book adventures. Thanks for the recommendations! And thanks for stopping by to read 🙂

      • traceyr1984 March 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM #

        I should have added that for me one of the best parts of parent hood has been getting to read or re-read so many great children’s books!

  4. TBM March 19, 2017 at 2:39 AM #

    I see some of my faves on the list. Good to know the classics are still around. And hey, who says you have to join a different type of book club. Life’s too short for guilt. Just enjoy it with your loved ones.

    • The Guat March 19, 2017 at 9:35 AM #

      He was totally loving Beverly Clearly and Roald Dahl. James and The Giant Peach was his second favorite book but there were just so many I had to narrow it down. And PD Eastman and Seuss is all over the place over here. Classics rock. What cracks me up was I was still on the same “grown-up” books for over a year! Too funny. But you’re right, guilt was shown out the door when I realized how awesome this book club was … Chocolate included 🙂

  5. agshap March 19, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

    I remember that book club; as a mom of 5 I belonged at one time too. Then I had to leave and got into Sandra Brown, Barbara Freethy, etc. But wait, I am back – with the grandchildren….never get tired of reading.

    • The Guat March 19, 2017 at 9:23 AM #

      It’s the circle of life 🙂 discovering new books and then rereading classics was pretty funny. I’m still trying to find time here and there, but the majority of the time I’m in the Roald Dahl and Mo Willems section 🙂


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