Calvary's Book Club generally meets once a month from January through September and offers the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of books. Explore the wide world of literature, experience compelling discussions, and enjoy time with friends!

Upcoming Schedule

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Registration or RSVP not required; simply join us at Calvary Lutheran Church on any of the meeting days listed above. Bring a copy of your book and be ready for a lively discussion and connection time with friends. There's a place for you here!

Ratings & Reviews

The Sound of Glass

By Karen White

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this book and author. The multigenerational characters and various time shifts of the novel kept our interest. The author was extremely adept at bringing in multiple, varied pieces of intrigue that held our interest throughout the book. We, as readers, were rewarded by the confluence of all the pieces as the author slowly revealed surprises and twists to a satisfying conclusion. All members will read more from this author.
The Lamplighters

By Emma Stonex

The Lamplighters is a story about Maiden Rock lighthouse and three keepers who disappear on New Year’s Eve 1972. It brings mixed reviews from our readers. One reader loved it and couldn’t wait to see what happened. She appreciated the intrigue and character development. Other readers found the author’s style of writing was difficult as there was very little dialogue. The story is told through the characters’ thoughts. It was suggested that this was intentional to show the loneliness and lack of communication in the lamplighter’s life – they are ‘in their head’ most of the time. Not having given the life of a lamplighter much consideration, the book does relay their isolation, rigid routine and loneliness. Stonex provides first-person monologue, first-person accounts and third-person narration to tell her story from several characters’ perspectives shifting between 1972 and 1992. Overall the group does not recommend this book finding it hard to finish as it did not hold the reader’s interest.
Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear

Calvary readers’ ratings for Maisie Dobbs ranged from a 3 to a 5. This is Jacqueline Winspear’s first in a series of Maisie Dobbs books. One reader has read all 15 books and is eagerly anticipating the publication of the 16th book. She indicated that Jacqueline carries all her characters forward. But she would not spoil anything for anyone that wants to read the series. Another reader loved that it was based on documental history. She learned a lot about the period. The audible book was challenging to get used to the reader’s English accent; but after that, it was good. One reader does not like war stories, and this book is deep into World War I. Since this is the first in a series, a couple of readers did not like the way the book ended. However, it is believed that the ending is redeemed in later books. One reader felt that the author was laying the ground work for a series, which turned out to be the case. She thought subsequent books might be more engaging as many of the characters have been introduced. The background on Maisie and how the author ties the characters together was appreciated. Jacqueline definitely leaves you hanging in the ending as there is so much more to be told.
Educated

By Tara Westover

Took a little time to get into it but got my interest. It was hard to read at times being a true story. It is fascinating what Tara’s life is like. The mental and physical abuse which Tara overcomes is unbelievable. The author is very descriptive – could see it. Tara is a clever author and built the story keeping you engaged even though it was difficult.

Past Reads

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman

There, There

By Tommy Orange

Sometimes I Lie

By Alice Feeney

Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

I'll Be Your Blue Sky

By Marisa de los Santos

Never Have I Ever

By Joshilyn Jackson

I'm Fine and Neither Are You

By Camille Pagan

When We Believed in Mermaids

By Barbara O'Neal

Ask Again, Yes

By Mary Beth Keane

Summer of '69

By Elin Hilderbrand