In June, we met to discuss "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. I would say that most of the members were either familiar with movie it inspired (starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson) or with Kazuo Ishiguro's other book "Never Let Me Go" (which those members highly recommended). The concensus on this book was that while it was beautifully written, it wasn't able to overcome the lack of any real plot. Members were very consistent on goodreads, giving it 2-3 stars.
The big news coming out of our June meeting was that we decided to launch a second branch of the NoVA LitChicks. If you pay attention to our website you may have seen our post about it. There was stellar response to this idea, both from our current membership and the general public. We were able to fully fill a new club by the middle of June, and set a launch date of July 22nd.
Our original group met in the beginning of July to discuss "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in The World" by A.J. Jacobs. Only a few people managed to finish it. I think most were turned off with a book that mostly regurgitated encyclopedia entries. Those who had read and enjoyed some of his other books agreed that this was not his best effort (although to be fair, this was also his first book). Once again, members were fairly consistent in giving it 2-3 stars on Goodreads.
Finally, the New LitChicks met in late July to discuss "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa. It was a great meeting. Conversation constantly flowed even though we were all strangers at the beginning of the meeting. It is a sign of great things to come. We agreed that it was a charming and sweet book. While the book does refer to math a good deal (the Professor is a math professor after all), it was not overbearing. Several ladies noted that they would have liked to see the past relationship between the Professor and his sister-in-law more fleshed out.
Overall it was a great start to the summer. In August, we will be reading "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb (original LitChicks) and "The Wives of Los Alamos".