This will be a unique book discussion group because we will each choose our own book to read from any genre within that topic. This way, we bring multiple perspectives, stories, and historical knowledge to each topic we choose.
*There is a Poll open (under the More menu) that lists future topics you can rate per your interests. Topics are chosen from this list based on the most ratings.
For Medieval Ages, a list of rated books can be found at the Good Reads website: Medieval Fiction & Non-Fiction.
Here are some suggestions for the Medieval topic:
Poetry: The Song of Roland
Fiction: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Non-Fiction: The Viking Age
Art/Architecture: Cathedrals in Europe
Politics: The Hundred Years' War
Religion/Spirituality/Mythology: a book on The Crusades
Philosophy: Thomas Aquinas
Science (medicine, nature, astronomy, etc): The Black Death plague
& any other genre! Let your imagination be the limit!
Our discussion will start with each person spending 1-3 minutes introducing the book/article that he or she has read (or has mostly read). You can mention what the book was about, what you found interesting about it, and one or two facts to share.
Then we will open up the topic's discussion based on the content from our books. It is a free-flow conversation, so it can cover many different ideas, opinions, historical subjects, and emotion-arousing dialogue. You can just sit back and listen to the conversation, or participate - no pressure either way. No matter what is discussed, everyone's input should be respectful and respected.
Location of meeting: Barefoot Coffee in Los Gatos, who is a sponsor of our the AiH Book Club and gives us 20% off of any drink. :-)