ABM Book Club: September Selection

6U8A3094I am extra excited to announce next month’s book club selection! Many of you mentioned that you’d like for the book club to read a few older or more classic selections. We love this idea! Plus I always feel so bummed to hear if one of you went to get the ABM book club selection at your local library but were met with a LONG queue so you could not read it the same month we were. I think splicing in a few older or more classic selections every now and again is a great remedy to this. So, in September we will be reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I was very excited about this selection because I read Middlesex probably about six years ago now, so I’m excited to refresh my memory.

ABM book club!The second reason I’m so excited about next month is because Danielle of Sometimes Sweet will be moderating for the month. She chose the book and will be leading the discussion. I’ve gotten many a book recommendation from reading her blog, so I’m excited for her to join us. It was really fun having Elsie choose and moderate last month when we read #GIRLBOSS, so we’re excited to have a couple different voices join in this autumn/winter season.

And don’t forget, we’ll be discussing Flight Behavior on August 29. I am a massive Barbara Kingsolver fan, and this book has not been a disappointment. I cannot wait to hear what you thought, so please join us to discuss. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I’ve always wanted to read this book, now that I finished my current book, and saw your book club, I now have a nice little push. Great choice! 🙂


  • This is one of my all time favourite books! Looking forward to reading it again!

  • I was just about to purchase this book at Goodwill about a week ago. Was feeling iffy but I’m excited to hear how everyone likes it now!

  • I love this book & I think it’s Eugenides best work. The characters are so great & he paints an amazing picture of the city of Detroit. It’s really excellent. I hope you love it!

  • I know I’m early here, but may I suggest The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson for October? I mean, who doesn’t like a chill up their spine the month of Hallow’s Eve? Plus, it’s Shirley Jackson!


  • I read this book nine or ten years ago upon the recommendation of my sister. I thought it was such a good read, and really makes you think. Good pick!

  • This one’s actually been sitting on my shelf for a several years and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Maybe it’s time!

  • I read this book a few years ago and loved it! Can’t wait to refresh and discuss!

  • Awesome choice. I read the book a few years ago as well, but I think it’s worth a re-read.

  • This is one of my favourite books!! I’ve lurking around on the book club, but I may join in for Septemeber. This book is just fantastic!

  • I read this book years ago and it is still a favourite with my friends and me. Great choice!

  • I heard a lot of this book… but never had the change to read it! But now would be a good moment?!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-
    and have a wonderful weekend…

  • Hi Kristen! Just read the book before the end of September and we will have a discussion on the blog about the book 🙂 -Jacki

  • Oh, my all time favorite. I might have to pull it off the shelf and just read it again.

  • Wow I guess I’m in the minority. I couldn’t get through this book. Maybe I should try again?

  • Oh wow I’ve heard such good things about this book, this gives me impetus to have a go at reading it!

  • YESSSSS!!!!! Haha, I’m excited about this one 🙂

    By the way, you misspelled ‘queue’ – I’m sorry! I just had to point it out because it’s one of my favorite words 🙂

  • I’d love to read with you but it is so difficult to find English or Dutch books here in France, especially if you are looking for one book in specific!

  • Great book choice … fabulous moderator choice. I have gotten so many great book tips from Danielle! Excited to get reading

  • Oh, I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to read the book for a while now 🙂


  • Oh, this is so exciting! I’ve been wanting to read this for so long 🙂


  • What a coincidence! I recently read and reviewed this book on my blog. It’s definitely a worthwhile read, and I’m excited to see the discussion that results!

  • I’m so happy you’ll be participating, Taylor! Sometimes when I reread a book I notice amazing things I missed the first time around. 🙂


  • Awesome! I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m excited to really get into it.

  • Yay! I’m so glad to hear that people are excited about the pick. I just started reading it and I’m loving it.

  • I don’t typically read these types of books but that’s why I’m so excited! Ooo and I’m so excited to see Danielle moderate, love her blog 🙂


  • Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors! I thought I’d read all of her books but have not heard of Flight Behavior nor did I know you guys had a book club going on. Fun! I’ve been meaning to read Middlesex forever, in fact, I think I may own it 😉 Not sure I’m savvy enough for a book club but I’ll give it a go!

  • I love this book!!! It’s been one of those books I find myself thinking about from time to time. It really left an impact on my life. I will be excited to have a reason to read it all over again. It was that good!!

  • I may have to give this one a try, I’ve attempted to start reading Middlesex three or four times, and then gotten distracted and forgot about it. Seems like an interesting read though!

    Kristina does the Internets

  • This is one of my favorites! Looking forward to reading it again for sure.

  • Excellent choice – I have read it 3 times and look forward to having time for #4!

  • Oh my gosh, I LOVE this book!! It’s a great story with wonderful characters, plus it totally humanizes and sheds light on intersex people and issues. So thrilled this is the selection for September.


  • Middlesex is one of my favorite books! I would love to reread it and join in on the discussion!


  • This is a read worth repeating. Loved this book…great choice!

  • One of my absolute favorite books. Incredibly storytelling, weighty subject, fascinating characters. Excellent choice!


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