The Atlas Book Club


2009 Schedule

Here is the month by month list of the books we will be reading this year. I have tentatively assigned all of the months out so as soon as you know what your selection will be please let me know and I will update it here. Also, I have found that getting your selection in early makes it easier for the poorer among us to get the books from the library on time. 🙂

Schedule for 2009/2010:

May: Jake “The Road”

June: Aupreille “The Tipping Point”

July: Adjourned for the Summer 

August: Adjourned for the Summer

September: Sterling “The Count of Monte Cristo”

October: Missy “Jacques the Fatalist and His Master” by Denis Diderot

November: Christina “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller

December: Brooke

January: John “Left to tell” by Immaculee Ilibagiza

February: Robert

March: Adrienne




  1. You need a new Miss June. Alicia has declined my invitation to participate in the book club. She said something about being too stuck up and snooty to participate.

    Comment by Egidius White | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sad. Did the first book turn her off? She seems to read more than most people, and I understand the elitist thing. I wouldn’t hang out with me either if I had a choice.

    Comment by urhamlet | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. Miss June? Va-va-voom. That sounds a bit more center-foldish than I signed up for.

    Comment by Mars | April 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. Ow ow! Uh, just kidding. And bytheway if you know what books you want to do get them to me as early as possible so I can get it all scheduled out. Ahem Jake.

    Comment by urhamlet | April 17, 2008 | Reply

  5. JAKE pick a book! rawr

    Comment by quarto | April 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Fine! I choose the Book of Numbers.

    Comment by Egidius White | April 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Ha, ha, ha. OK, seriously, here’s my selection: The Last Duel, by Eric Jager (see

    This is a book I picked up at the library a couple weeks ago, but then got sidetracked by the Gentlemen Bastards. I’m choosing it for the ABC because it looks interesting and Ben mentioned in his Word Count Journal (or in some comment? I can’t remember now) that he was working on a story with ritual duels.

    Comment by Egidius White | April 19, 2008 | Reply

  8. Well, here’s notice that we won’t be reading The Last Duel. I need to figure out what we’ll be reading instead. Stay tuned.

    Comment by Egidius White | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  9. Oh, I see. I just picked it up from the library….oh well.

    You should pick Red Seas Under Red Skies…since I’ll be reading that anyway! *wink*

    Comment by Mars | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. Here’s my selection. Some of you may have read it already, but if it’s as good as the description below, then it bears another reading.

    Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

    From The Washington Post’s Book World/

    If one were to ask, “World, which is the most perfect novel ever written?,” the world would immediately answer: Madame Bovary. There are novels of greater structural complexity, such as Lord Jim and The Good Soldier, or of a broader social canvas, like Anna Karenina and In Search of Lost Time, or of more stylistic dash — Ulysses, Lolita — and many far more beloved (Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, The Leopard), but Madame Bovary still stands as the most controlled and beautifully articulated formal masterpiece in the history of fiction.

    . . . Only in Madame Bovary (1857) — and the story “A Simple Heart” (1877) — did the novelist find just the right style, serene in tone, mildly ironic, tightly organized (partly through the use of unobtrusive symbolism), concise, exact and virtually without stylistic grand-standing. You can shake Madame Bovary and nothing will fall out.

    Comment by Egidius White | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  11. Yay! Now that Jake has picked his, I will reveal my pick for June. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

    It’s supposed to be pretty mind-blowing even if you’ve seen the movie, which I know some of you haven’t, so it will be even cooler. If it ends up having more swearing than Locke Lamora, we can stop and I will chose something else, but I don’t think it will.

    Comment by Mars | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  12. Oh no! It’s all in itallics. That’s what I get for trying to use “some HTML allowed.”

    A test, then.


    not itallics.

    Comment by Mars | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  13. I sent this email to Sterling and haven’t heard back as to which book would be preferred so I thought I would let you all decide which you think would be best for June. Sorry if I missed the May conference call I wasn’t sure exactly what day was decided on.

    Anyway here are the choices:

    Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
    The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.

    I cannot decide, so how about you and Adrienne pick which
    one you think would be best.

    Comment by Aupreille | June 10, 2009 | Reply

  14. So, tomorrow night is our scheduled meeting for The Count of Monte Cristo, right? Is it going to be a conflict with the Priesthood Sesh of General Conference?
    Brooke and I take a pretty relaxed approached to GenConf, as in “General Conference? Yippee, no church!” so we’ll still be available for book clubbing tomorrow night. Just wanted to see if anybody wanted to switch nights or something, because we’d be down for that too.

    Comment by Christina | October 2, 2009 | Reply

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